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.


Minnesota company's product trick to scraping ice from your driveway

His effective sidewalk device is environmental alternative to ice melters.


Edina-based Evereve is opening shops, even as other retailers close stores

Evereve is expanding its Edina flagship store and will open at least six new locations this year.


Rural grocers in Minnesota feel the pinch amid stiff competition

Dollar stores, big-box retailers bring stiff competition, but buy-local trend giving mom-and-pop store owners optimism.


Cub Foods store off Lake Street, destroyed by rioting, reopens

Another closed Cub, on Broadway, will fully reopen in April with a new name and community center.


Hy-Vee adding two full-service Twin Cities stores this year

The former Rainbow store owned by UNFI in Maplewood will become a Hy-Vee.


Buy local movement saved many small Minnesota retailers

Small retailers, learning from 2020, hope increased support endures.


Norton Rockler, who ignited passion for woodworking hobbyists, dies at 98

He spent about 25 years laying the foundation for the business he founded in 1954, now known as Rockler Woodworking and Hardware.


Hy-Vee, other Twin Cities supermarkets add incentives to keep new e-commerce customers

Consulting firm Mercatus predicts that online purchases will double by 2025.


Bed Bath & Beyond closing Coon Rapids store

More than 40 of its stores will close their doors by mid to late February.


Minneapolis North Loop hair stylist decides to take step back, close salon

Instead, he is renting a chair at another salon to give more balance to his life.