Dinkytown's House of Hanson to shut doors - KMSP-TV

Dinkytown's House of Hanson to clear shelves Monday

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For more than 80 years, the House of Hanson has been a Dinkytown mainstay, but next week, the convenience store will close its doors for good.

Since 1932, the House of Hanson has evolved from a café, to a soda fountain to a grocery store, but now, the business Laurel Bauer bought from her father who bought it from his father is going out of business.

"Very mixed emotions. It's very difficult to give up something I've loved for 44 years," Bauer said.

Just a week after its own planning and zoning committee voted against it, the Minneapolis City Council approved a re-zoning that would allow Opus development group to build a six-story, 140-unit student apartment building where House of Hanson now sits.

Two other businesses next to the store have already moved, and the building will be demolished to make way for the new development.

"My question was, if we are not able to support density and projects like this near mass transit. If we can't support this one, when are we ever going to be able to support it?" Elizabeth Glidden of the Minneapolis City Council said.

Some neighbors and nearby business owners worry all the new development will rob Dinkytown of its eclectic charm.

"I think it's a disturbing precedent for Dinkytown and other small businesses districts that give Minneapolis its character and quality of life," the Book House owner Kristen Eide-Tollfeson said.

Students told FOX 9 that they'll miss that corner store.

"I am really bummed out. I have gone here for years when I was a student. It's been here for years and years," one U of M student recalled.

Bauer says business at her store dropped 50 percent when a drug store moved in a couple of blocks away, and with a 20,000-square-foot grocery store being built across the street, she says it's time for House of Hanson to move on.

"Things have to evolve and everyone has got to get with that program. It's great to keep something and call it historic but we're not a museum," Bauer said.

The owners say they'll start packing the shelves sometime Monday, and Opus will close on the building shortly thereafter.

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