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Should the City do a new TIF to bring a pharmacy/convenience store to The Crossing?

Nfld News: Interest renewed in Crossing site

Nfld Patch:  Pharmacy-Oriented Business Interested in Northfield Crossings Development

The largely vacant mixed-use development at the corner of Hwy. 3 and Second Street could receive a desperately needed boost if an unnamed retail business proceeds with initial plans to develop the southern portion of the property.

John Wall, representing Highlands Bank, which owns the Crossings property, told the Northfield City Council on Tuesday that after nearly two years of unsuccessful courting he has received interest in from a "well-known, well-established, creditworthy company" that would include a pharmacy, a drive-thru and convenience store items.

Northfield CrossingWe have 5 pharmacies now: Northfield Pharmacy, Village Drug, Econofoods, Cub Pharmacy, and Walgreen’s.  It may be good news to have any commercial business interested in the The Crossing, as the site has languished for years now.

But I don’t think the City should "amend the city’s regulatory process for the property, as well as enter into a new tax financing agreement, to induce the business to continue pursuing its interest in the site."

I don’t see how a big Walgreen’s-type store (it sounds like it’s CVS) on that development helps makes The Crossing an attractive ‘gateway to downtown Northfield’  that was originally planned and that we’ll be pleased with ten years from now.

Guess who makes ‘Mom’s Best Naturals’ cereal? duh

honey-grahams-box I eat cold cereal several times a week and my favorite brand for the last year or so has been Mom’s Best Naturals, available at Just Food Co-op.  I thought it was a bit strange, though, that a competitor to Malt-O-Meal would use the word ‘Mom’ in its name since we Northfielders use the acronym ‘MOM’ for Malt-O-Meal.

Monica Kennon with Mom’s Best Naturals at the Just Food Co-op Harvest Festival Yesterday, at Just Food’s Harvest Festival, I saw that Mom’s Best Naturals had a table in the parking lot so I stopped by to ask if they knew the significance of the word ‘mom.’ MOM representative Monica Kennon gently clued me in. It’s Malt-O-Meal‘s organic natural brand, with "no artificial ingredients, no artificial colors or flavors, no hydrogenated oil, and no high fructose corn syrup."

The colors of the Mom’s Best logo and the packaging should have clued me in but they’re obviously trying to keep it a little bit of a secret since a search of the MOM website for the product line comes up empty and there’s no mention of Malt-O-Meal on the box.

In addition to Just Food Co-op, the line of Mom’s Best Naturals cereals can also be found at the Northfield Econofoods.

The Sustainable Business Design blog has more to say about the MOM factory in a March 2008 blog post titled Sustainable & Responsible Business of the Week:

In addition to their healthy line of cereals, Mom’s Best Naturals’ factory in Northfield, Minnesota recycles over 99% of its waste, has reduced water usage in the manufacturing process by 41%, has reduced energy usage by 10%, their cartons are made from recycled paperboard, and they purchase 100% of their energy through windpower. Each year, they also host an Energy Fair to educate and inform employees and the public on energy efficiency and renewable energy.