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Heidi's Market Closes its Doors in Albertville; Liquor Store Remains Open

The Albertville business struggled during traffic changes and exit closures for the I-94 road project.

Another Albertville business closed its doors Friday in the struggle to stay alive during the year of construction on Interstate 94.

Heidi's Market closed its convenience store, deli and gas station — the traffic changes and reroutes significantly hurt business over the summer, said owner Rob Nelson.

"We struggled all summer and weren't able to recover from that," he said.

Bags were placed over gas pumps after closing time Friday night. Merchandise remains on the shelves inside the locked building.

The adjacent liquor store, , remains open.

Emotions were fresh Monday morning about the recent closing. Nelson and his wife Heidi owned the gas station since 1998.

"We didn't quite make it through the construction," he said. "We just lost the traffic and didn't have the volume of sales we had in the past."

Nelson feels frustrated and upset about the closing. He and his wife have lived in the area since they purchased the business.

"I enjoyed it," Nelson said as he fought tears. "We had a lot of good people who came in all the time. It was a nice thing."

Heidi's Market was a place for many in the community to get morning coffee and lunch in the afternoon. The store had daily specials, on Wednesdays for seniors and seasonally.The deli featured a taco bar and rotating food options.

He added he appreciates all the local support he's had over the years.

"We've been very fortunate — very lucky," Nelson said.

Members of the community felt the same way — Nathan Ulen of Albertville, a frequent customer, said the staff was always friendly. He stopped in for gas and other odds and ends he needed throughout the years.

"As a frequent customer of Heidi's, I am saddened by them closing," Ulen said. "I would drive out of my way to go there solely to support a local business. I would much rather help out a local then give my business to a larger corporation."

Construction Changes
The I-94 construction project, called the I-94 Westbound Collector-Distributor Road Project, was completed in November, and created an exit ramp for travelers destined for County Road 19, in addition to County Road 37.

During the construction, at times, the exit to County Road 37 in Albertville was completely closed.

As a result of the traffic changes, Sunoco gas station, located at that exit, also closed seemingly overnight at the end of November. With the closing came rumors that Kwik Trip would purchase the gas station.

STMA Parent January 07, 2013 at 07:26 PM
So sad.....
JoJo January 07, 2013 at 08:37 PM
What a sad day. I remember the past couple of years or more, they let a boys soccer team do a fundraiser there. We purchased many car washes through that fundraiser. Great kids, friendly just like the Heidi's Market owners. :)
Johns Auto Electric & Auto Repair January 08, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Sorry to hear. My wife stopped every morning to buy our daughter a snack before school. Good Luck in the future!
Mary January 08, 2013 at 01:47 PM
I have to assume that putting up Emma's right across the street didn't help either. Why do small towns do that? Bigger business competition right across the street and push out the small business owner. Sad.
chuck huck January 08, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Rob is a fantastic guy, my heart go's out to Rob, his family and all the fantastic employees. What a bummer, really undeserved.
Chris Kunze January 08, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Is this the former Hackenmuller's? Too bad, hate to see non-chain stores close!
Dennis Nelson January 08, 2013 at 08:34 PM
The same thing happened in Rogers which for years had a local family owned and well stocked hardware store. When Lowe's moved in the hardware store closed down. Look where Lowe's is now!! Guess what, Rogers now has a hardware store again.
J. A. Darkshner January 09, 2013 at 05:14 AM
The city cannot restrict Emma Krumbees from coming in. It has to be fair so long as it is properly zoned for the type of business. They cannot discriminate. It sucks but that's they way it is. Kinda like why we have 20 freaking pizza joints around here....can't discriminate....
Local citizen January 09, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Checked out Heidi's Brew website noticed he uses old Hack's Liquor store pictures... Sure miss the old crew around there.
Rick January 09, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Too bad he can't buy the old Sunoco. More direct traffic getting onto the Interstate from there. Only issue will be when (if ever) the east bound ramp from CR19 is built. I see the old Sunoco station as a dynamite location aside from above. Clean the place up and redo the apron around the pumps and light it better. Could easily put the liquor store in there too. There's also a lot of room behind DMichaels for a gas station/food mart/liquor store too. Frankly, I'm surprised no one has put a bottle shop in next to Perkins.
Paula March 04, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Thank Goodness you still have wonderful employees at the liquor store. We appreciate Ginelle, Rob, And Jennifer. Sorry if i missed anyone. Love that you can keep the liquor store.

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