LAKE & HENNEPIN
National clothing retailer Express planned to close its Calhoun Square store Jan. 26 to make way for the mall’s long overdue redevelopment scheduled to begin this spring.
The store is among numerous Calhoun Square businesses that have to vacate the center because of construction. Travel goods store Urban Traveler, gift shop ZRS Fossils, clothing retailer Agan Trader and others have been given notice to be out by spring. Some of the "anchor" tenants such as kitchenware carrier Kitchen Window and restaurant Figlio will be staying in the mall.
Express might want to return to the area eventually, said Alexandra Carmican, floor manager at the Calhoun Square store. The retailer plans to keep an eye on the center’s redevelopment and sales at Victoria’s Secret, scheduled to open soon across Hennepin Avenue from the mall in the former GAP space, she said.
Employees at the Uptown Express were allowed to transfer to other stores, Carmican said. Merchandise was also distributed to other Express locations.
Plans for the redevelopment of Calhoun Square, which include revamped retail space and a 108-unit residential component, were expected to go before the city’s Planning Commission in early February. The City Council must also approve the plans.
44TH & NICOLLET
A new restaurant and pub named Driftwood Char Bar opened at 4415 Nicollet Ave. S. in January.
The restaurant serves "classic American" lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday, according to a press release about the business. Dishes include soups, steaks, salmon, hamburgers and sandwiches. Offerings will change regularly based on the seasonality and availability of ingredients.
Driftwood will celebrate its opening throughout February with beverage and food "special features." Live music and karaoke will also be part of the opening festivities.
The restaurant features "rustic" décor and will offer outdoor seating when the weather is appropriate.
Driftwood replaced longtime neighborhood staple Westrum’s Tavern, which shut down last year after numerous neighborhood complaints about livability issues and the city’s discovery of several licensing violations.
For more information, call 354-3402.
LAKE & IRVING
Salon Sa Bel Inc. plans to move its Richfield business into the long-vacant 1609 W. Lake St. space by February.
The salon has offered hair, nail and massage services in Richfield for 20 years. That site will close when the move is complete. Salon Sa Bel has no other locations.
The Lake Street space was previously the location of 1609 Salon and Spa, which closed after filing for bankruptcy in August of 2006. The space has been empty since.
Salon Sa Bel will keep its Richfield phone number, 612-866-3679. A website is in the works.
— Jake Weyer