Coborn’s Marketplace

Location:Otsego, MN
Contractor/Architect:Rice Companies
Engineer:Larson Engineering
Owner:Coborn’s Inc.

For nearly a century, Coborn’s Inc. has had its roots in the St. Cloud area, but over the years the employee-owned grocery company has expanded into the western suburbs of the Twin Cities for the first phase of an 18.04-acre retail and apartment development.

Saulk Rapids-based Rice Cos. is developing the site in two phases, including a 52,622-square-foot grocery store, multiple retail and office sites and a site for apartments. Otsego currently has only one grocery store, a Super Target on the other side of this projects street and adding another has long been a goal for the city, Otsego city planner Dan Licht said in an interview.

Wells is currently working on the grocery store portion of this project, have already produced and are currently erecting 120 members of precast concrete.  The façade includes architectural insulated walls with a beautiful mix sandblast, thin brick and block formliner

The grocery industry and retail in general often turn to precast concrete construction because of the speed to market benefit.  Precast revolutionizes these retail projects. Its aesthetic versatility allows designers to create more engaging environments to attract customers; it accelerates construction helping owners generate revenues faster; and its resiliency and reduced life cycle costs helps retailers produce more profits. Precast concrete envelope and structural systems are used for all types of retail projects from grocery stores, shopping malls and big box stores to strip malls and custom shops.

Coborn’s has nearly 8,000 employees and 53 stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois and Wisconsin under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods and Save-A-Lot banners, according to its website. Coborn’s also owns CobornsDelivers, an online grocery ordering and home delivery service; and stand-alone convenience, liquor, video and pharmacy locations, for a total of 114 retail locations. In 2018 Coborn’s acquired Hornbacher’s, a chain with five stores in Fargo, North Dakota, two in Moorhead and one in West Fargo, North Dakota.

For more information on this project, please contact Rick Girard.