John Ewoldt | Star Tribune
Reporter | Consumer news

John Ewoldt is a business reporter for the Star Tribune. He writes about small and large retailers including supermarkets, restaurants, consumer issues and trends, and personal finance.  

A Midwesterner who grew up in Nebraska, went to college in South Dakota, and taught school in Iowa and Minnesota before becoming a consumer reporter, Ewoldt lives in Minneapolis with his partner. He likes looking for a bargain wherever he may be but is learning restraint to avoid hoarder status. He's starting to believe that maybe less is more.


Creative Kidstuff closing all stores by end of June

The popular Twin Cities store sold toys to inspire and engage children's creativity for 40 years.


Accenture says more businesses will personalize experiences based on online interests

Technology consultant says more businesses will be personalizing experiences based on online interests.


Galleria jeweler Scheherazade closes suddenly due to bankruptcy filing

The store saw less customer traffic after it moved to a new location in the mall.


Maple Grove pet shop is a rarity, signals a new niche in resale retailing

Maple Grove retailer tapped a healthy market buying and reselling pet supplies


Lunds & Byerlys coming to St. Paul's Grand Avenue retail corridor

Grocer plans to anchor a mixed-use development at former Knowlan's site.


Famous Dave's latest profit exceeds expectations, but franchise sales still sluggish

It hopes to persuade more franchisees to spend on needed upgrades.


Mattress sales bounce between stores and online shoppers who try them at home

Retailers' fortunes vary as consumers' habits shift in the search for a good night's sleep.


Jean Andrews, nurse who advocated for torture victims, dies at 91

She became a booster for post-high school education for her relatives, friends and others.


Gabberts will leave Galleria as HOM builds Bloomington flagship

The new megacenter will be larger than the one in Little Canada with HOM, Gabberts and Dock 86.


Retailer Charlotte Russe closing 96 stores, including in MOA and Burnsville Center

Sales at Mall of America, Burnsville Center to begin.