The grocery store at Smith and Dodd is changing hands for the second time in five years, but this time the owners are a little closer to home.
Oxendale’s Market, a grocery store serving the Nokomis neighborhood in Minneapolis, began operating the store as of November 1. The previous owner, Jim’s Market, was a rural chain based in central Minnesota.
Ray Oxendale, the retired owner of the Nokomis store (now run by his son, Neil), says there are big — but gradual — changes ahead for the West St. Paul store.
“Whatever they see at this [Nokomis] store, we’re going to try to have there.”
That includes more organic produce and local products, Ray says. The Nokomis store also has an in-house butcher shop, bulk goods (such as grains and dried beans) and a floral department. Local products carried at the store include Thousand Hills beef, Cedar Summit dairy products, Peace Coffee, Ames Farm Honey and others.
The existing staff will stay in place.
Ray also anticipates extensive remodeling of the Smith Avenue store, a process they’ve undertaken over the course of about seven years at the Minneapolis location.
The family sees a lot of potential in the neighborhood, which Ray described as demographically similar to Nokomis, and which doesn’t have a lot of competition in the grocery sector: “there’s nothing nearby.”
[hat tip: Amanda Garza]