Byerly's reopens original store in Golden Valley

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- After a nine-month renovation, Byerly's held a grand reopening Thursday for its Golden Valley store -- the very first Byerly's store to ever open.

"We are really, really excited," Gina Jacobson, prompting a sarcastic response from her sister.

"I never thought my sister would get this excited about a grocery store," Casey King said.

The Golden Valley Byerly's store originally opened in 1968.  It was a pioneering grocery store because it was open 24 hours a day and had carpeting. 

"I remember coming here 42 years ago when it first opened," said food guru Sue Zelickson.  "It was the most exciting supermarket in the whole state -- in fact, in the whole Midwest."

Sue and Richard Peterson moved to Minnesota from California a few months after the store opened.

"It was the nicest grocery store we'd ever been in," she said. 

Forty-two years later, this store is now the site of another first: Byerly's Creations, which is an entire section of the store devoted to fresh, ready-to-serve food.

"We've always evolved, but to come back to the original store that case the dye for Byerly's was -- from our team's perspective -- one way to refresh our entire brand," said Tres Lund, CEO of Lund Food Holdings.

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