After years of waiting, commercial expansion in works

Hoppe Marketplace to add Caribou Coffee, Einstein Bagels

After 13 years of recession-induced delay, construction is in the works for a five-acre parcel off County Road 50 in Lake­ville.

A restaurant with both Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels is planned to be located in one building near Culver’s and Cub Foods off County Road 50 in Lakeville.

City Council members approved a conditional use permit for the plans at their March 20 meeting.

The building will feature a drive-through window and a 41-seat dining area with an additional 20 seats on a patio that will be open seasonally.

After discussions with neighboring ReMax building owners, developer United Properties agreed to face a trash enclosure south and install a roof so the dumpster could not be viewed from the second story of the ReMax building.

Keith Ulstad, United Properties senior vice president of commercial properties, said they purchased the property to secure full access to the shopping center and planned to sell or build on the property.

“I didn’t think that I’d be watching my phone for the birth of my second grandchild by the time we finished it up,” Ulstad said.

The new building is about a block from a Caribou Coffee location, and Ulstad said the company plans to run them both.

“There are several spots in the cities where they operate two stores fairly close to each other,” Ulstad said. “It’s probably as much to keep out competitors as anything, but I can’t stand here and tell you they’re going to keep it open indefinitely. I can’t tell you they’re not going to close because I’m not privy to that. I’m not sure they know.”

Lakeville Community Development Director Dave Olson said the site is the last in the mall area to be completed.

He said the joint parking arrangements will help alleviate traffic issues, and added the new business will be busy at different hours than its neighboring businesses – Culver’s and an auto store.

Mayor Doug Anderson thanked Ulstad for his persistence and staying power.

Council Member Bart Davis called the restaurant “a great addition to that area.”