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.


Eyeglass shops cut prices, work to keep them low

For Huxley Optical co-founder Ryan Polehonka, the mission is cool glasses and fair pricing.


A $650 golf club? Elite golf store PXG opens in Southdale

High-end golf retailer PXG opens location at Southdale Center in Edina.


Hirshfield's buys Aero Drapery & Blind, and all stores will stay open

The companies will continue to operate separately, with all three Aero locations staying open.


Kowalski's Markets expanding to Rosedale, Southdale

In another sign that Twin Cities malls are finding creative ways to replace traditional tenants, both Rosedale and Southdale will add Kowalski's Markets in their…


Pier 1 is closing 8 of its 12 Twin Cities stores

Stores in Burnsville, Maple Grove, Minnetonka and Woodbury will remain open.


Hy-Vee will no longer be open 24 hours a day starting Monday

Many supermarkets, pharmacies and discount stores are closing earlier.


Famous Dave's takes on Popeyes, Chick-fil-A in chicken-sandwich wars

"We've always had chicken, but not enough people know about it," founder Dave Anderson said.


Michael Wright, a Gophers star who led Supervalu for 20 years, dies at 81

Former U football star known as tough, savvy and "a friend to everyone."


Pro wrestling at the mall? Body slams coming to Rosedale in March

Pro wrestling promoter will stage a family-friendly show at Rosedale.


Galleria in Edina is for sale, and a deal could mean big changes

Management firm Hines is pulling out just as the mall faces loss of Gabberts.