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    Lund Food Names New Partner for Floral Depts.

    The local florist will operate all of the floral departments in the grocer’s Lunds and Byerly’s units.

    Lund Food Holdings is turning over a new leaf in its floral departments, thanks to a partnership it’s formed with local florist Bachman’s Inc., for the latter to operate the departments in all 21 Lunds and Byerly’s stores in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud markets.

    The agreement between the Edina-based Lund Food Holdings and the Minneapolis-based Bachman’s follows on the heels of the latter’s acquisition of the grocery division of Minneapolis Floral Co., which had run the floral departments in Lunds stores for more than 25 years.

    Bachman’s had already been operating the floral departments in Byerly’s stores since 1968. Lund Food Holdings has owned both the Lunds and Byerly’s retail banners since 1997.

    The floral departments in Lunds and Byerly’s range in size from 300 to 500 square feet, and most store footprints will go unchanged, the grocer said.

    In addition to the in-store assortment of fresh-cut flowers currently offered at Lunds, customers can expect to find a broader product selection under the Bachman’s eponymous brand, including more blooming plants and seasonal garden products, said the chain.

    Byerly’s parent, Lund Food Holdings, owns and operates 10 Lunds and 11 Byerly's
    supermarkets in the Twin Cities and surrounding area.

    Bachman’s operates 19 retail stores in the metro Twin Cities region, including six full-service floral, home and garden centers, 12 smaller retail floral shops, and Cedar Acres Garden and Landscape Center. The company also operates indoor and outdoor landscaping divisions, a nursery wholesale division, eight acres of greenhouses, and a 629-acre growing range near Lakeville, Minn., which produces many of the plants, flowers, and landscaping products sold at Bachman’s locations.

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