John Ewoldt | Star Tribune
Reporter | Consumer news

John Ewoldt searches the Twin Cities and beyond for bargains and strategies to spare consumers time, money and hassles.

J. Crew shuttering its Mall of America, Southdale stores

The stores, which will close on Jan. 27, put merchandise on sale now.

Walmart closing Sam's Club in St. Louis Park, about 60 others in U.S.

The store in Moorhead, Minn., will also close. They'll reopen Friday and remain for a few weeks until permanently closing.

Supervalu back in the black, but its businesses still diverge

The retail division, including its main banner Cub Foods, gave up more sales.

New Mall of America movie theater to charge $25-plus per luxury seat

With jobs posted now, CMX looks to begin service by March.

Roseville-based toy company's stress on learning with fun pays off at Christmas time

MindWare, maker of brainy toys, outperformed other such firms this holiday.

For those with flights, MSP's retail makeover is making its holiday-season debut

MSP has been earning plaudits for its revamped shopping options for travelers

Former Vikings QB Brooks Bollinger is financial planner for fellow athletes

After spending six years in the NFL as a quarterback, including a stint with the Vikings in 2006 and 2007, Brooks Bollinger struggled to find…

Nostalgic for Dayton's annual holiday show? Drive by a piece of it in Plymouth

Magician Matt Dunn of Plymouth has re-created scenes from the 1989 "Cinderella" show in his front yard.

Steeple People thrift will reopen in new Minneapolis location

The nonprofit group hopes to start accepting donations next month and open its new thrift store in February.

Gander Outdoors to open in Lakeville at site of bankrupt Gander Mountain

From the ashes of the Gander Mountain bankruptcy, a new store will emerge Wednesday in Lakeville.Gander Outdoors opens midafternoon in the same location at 16861…