Weekly Business Roundup, 8/30 – 9/5


Your business week, 8/30 – 9/5

The Wahlburgers are on their way: Hy-Vee will be adding Mark Wahlberg and brothers’ burger chain to its Midwest stores.

  • The first will be in Des Moines (Hy-Vee is based in Iowa).
  • At least one will be opening in the Twin Cities (location not yet determined) by 2018.
  • The Boston-based chain will also have products incorporated into the menus at Hy-Vee’s existing Market Grille restaurants.


Amazon’s cloud will no longer rain on Target: Target is looking elsewhere for cloud services.

  • Microsoft’s Azure is hoping to lure Target, but the retail giant has hinted at bringing digital services in-house using Spinnaker, the open-source system that was originally developed by Netflix.
  • Seattle-based Amazon controls about 1/3 of the cloud infrastructure market.

St. Paul

St. Paul’s Market House Collective announces partnerships:

  • Salty Tart’s Michelle Gayer will be opening a second location of the beloved bakery.
  • Peterson Limousin Beef (a company we know and love, read on: A better cut: Peterson Limousin Beef) will be taking over the butcher shop section.
  • Tim McKee’s Octo Fishbar will be the promised restaurant portion (Octo = it is his 8th restaurant, and because they’ll ostensibly be serving octopus), alongside his Fish Guys-based fish market.

7th Street Truck Park now open.


2017 Minnesota State Fair breaks attendance records.

  • 1,977,320 people attended in 2017, beating last year’s record of 1,943,719.

Maplewood’s Maple Ridge Shopping Center sold to Slate Retail Real Estate Investment Trust (mouthful) for $13.4 million.

  • The shopping center includes one of the Twin Cities’ very last Rainbow Foods grocery stores.

The Medtronic + Mazor love story continues:

  • Medtronic investing another $40 million into the Israeli robotics company, bringing the total to $72 million.
  • The two companies will also work together to develop new products going forward.
  • Mazor develops 3D images for surgeons, and electronics like robotic arms and implantable devices used during surgery.

Best Buy expanding same-day delivery to (what else?) keep up with Amazon.

  • The cities to benefit are as follows (in alphabetical order!): Austin, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego and Tampa.