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.


Canada Goose to open a Mall of America store, with a room set at -13F

Five other retailers will open soon at the mall, including Legacy Toys and a Duluth Trading Co.


Hell's Kitchen owners sell their restaurant to employees

Co-owner Cynthia Gerdes blazes a creative exit that carries some risk.


Warby Parker eyewear, J.W. Hulme, Nic + Zoe all joining Edina's Galleria this fall

Warby Parker among three opening this fall.


Buffalo Wild Wings adds sports gambling in partnership with MGM Resorts

The restaurant chain will test sports betting in New Jersey in coming weeks.


West Elm furniture will open in North Loop next year

Furnishing retailer's plan to open hotels appears to be up in the air.


Hy-Vee thinks smaller, offers no update on five proposed large format stores

Its Fast & Fresh store in Lakeville is its first small-format store, but it has no updates on big stores.


Minnesota State Fair is a magnet that some small retailers use the entire year

A booth can bring business to brick-and-mortar stores long after event has run its course.


Shopping baskets at no-frills Aldi? Only at new Uptown store — so far

Many will walk, bike or bus to shop and will not need a cart, company official says.


Prince store at MSP gives travelers a glimpse at superstar's Minnesota life

Terminal shop organized around parts of Minnesota musician's life to lure fans.


ApplianceSmart has closed three of its Minnesota stores; two remain open

The company became a victim of more retailers selling appliance closeouts.