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.


Store closings not just a mall problem as Uptown, Grand Av. feel the pinch

Parking shortages, along with higher rents, property taxes and minimum wages put pressure on small retailers. "I'm concerned when I see stores like Bibelot closing and condos coming in," one shopper said.


Imax closing the Minnesota Zoo theater, which has the state's largest movie screen

State of the art when it opened, the theater might have suffered from a lack of more modern amenities.


Five Shopko stores in Minnesota will close as the retailer files for bankruptcy

Minnesota stores affected in the latest closings include two full-sized stores, in Fairmont and on Hwy. 63 in Rochester.


GoodThings will buy two Bibelot stores; others remain on the block

GoodThings to take over one store in St. Paul and another in Minneapolis.


Hy-Vee recalls cheesecakes on salmonella fear

Hy-Vee Inc. voluntarily recalled cheesecakes because of the potential of salmonella contamination.No illnesses had been reported as of Friday when the supplier notified Hy-Vee of…


One side thrives, other barely survives at Albertville outlet mall

In the past five years, nearly 20 stores have closed or moved to the busier Plaza side of the outlet center. The Promenade now has a few national anchors riding it out with locally owned stores.


For last-minute holiday shoppers, see what's new in 7 Twin Cities malls

It’s almost Christmas — is it time to start shopping? More than one-third of holiday shoppers say they have barely started shopping or have a…


Hy-Vee acquires some Shopko pharmacies in Minnesota, nearby states

Hy-Vee said Friday it will acquire patient files of 22 Shopko pharmacies in Minnesota and four other states. The deal comes just days after Shopko…


Rosedale mall will open a two-story aquarium next spring

The aquarium will be run by SeaQuest Holdings, a fast-growing firm that has animal attractions in seven other malls.


Twin Cities educator Silvian Sundrum dies at 78

Over a career that climaxed at St. Margaret's Academy in Golden Valley and Benilde-St. Margaret's in St. Louis Park, he fostered curiosity and skepticism of authority.