I don’t think gentrification is the right word for this, but it’s close.
How would you describe the opening of new businesses that could be a sign of an upswing in the local micro-economy? For now, I’ll use the phrase, “Here comes the neighborhood” which I’m pretty sure I first heard on an episode of “Mr Robinson’s Neighborhood” on Saturday Night Live.
In this case, the change is the additional of a Frattallone’s ACE Hardware to 39th & East Lake Street in the location formerly occupied by CH Anderson Co. CH Anderson seemed to run a good business, but East Lake seems like a better fit for a retail establishment like Frattallone’s than an industrial supplier. CH Anderson appears to have relocated to Eagan.
Here’s a peak inside:
It looks like this will be Frattallone’s 14th location. They have a blog, although they haven’t been updating it very frequently.
Other examples of “here comes the neighborhood”, in my opinion, would be Lund’s opening in Northeast Minneapolis and Pizza Luce opening on West Selby in St. Paul. What are other examples?