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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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This blog thread posted by the Irving Inquisition uses some explicit language, as well as depicting some aspects of life in North Minneapolis that some readers may find objectionable. Reader discretion is advised.
Strange Business Strategies
As you may or may not know, Auto Zone has been attempting to establish a site on West Broadway. That attempted once before in the distant past and then again last year. So what’s the big deal? I’m afraid I don’t have any working knowledge about the endeavor from then years ago; however, last year’s attempt is quite an interesting story.
There were zoning conflicts, existing structures spread across multiple parcels of land, the land itself was owned by numerous property owners, the design didn’t match with Minneapolis code requirements, and it wasn’t a part of the Broadway Alive plan.
Last year, the Auto Zone proposal went before the local housing committee and was passed. Then the proposal went before the board and was rejected. The general public had mixed feelings about Auto Zone anyway, but there were enough proponents for it that another round of talks made it through committee and back up to the board. The proposal squeaked by, and a letter of support was written, signed, and sent. Nearly a year later, the Auto Zone proposal bounced around at the city level like a pin-ball. The proposal would eventually die at the city level; just a few weeks ago, actually.
Does it matter? That’s debatable, who knows? The reason cited; it wasn’t a part of the Broadway Alive plan….
That Auto Zone was going to sit across the street from O’Reily’s. Here’s something kind of strange. I swung by Auto Zone in another part of the metro area and saw this. (See the picture below) Auto Zone across the street from O’Reily’s. Isn’t that like having Starbucks across the street from Caribou? I can understand restaurants; one serves pizza and the other serves Chinese… or something like that. Auto parts are auto parts, there’s no product differentiation at all. Why would you deliberately build across the street from your competition that sells the exact same thing? I can understand why gas stations do that—example of 25th & Hennepin—but car parts? Are there really enough people rushing around to get 5w30 and wiper blades to warrant having two in the immediate vicinity?
|Auto Zone with O'Reily across the street.|
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