If variety is the spice of life, then consider Minneapolis well-seasoned.
Retail growth in Minneapolis has outpaced the city's population growth, SN's Elliot Zwiebach reported this week. Minnesota newcomers Wal-Mart and Aldi are competing against a slew of established chains, such as Cub, Rainbow Foods, Coborn's, Lund's/Byerly's, Kowalski's and Target.
The below map compares the placement of new chains (red) and the older established retailers (yellow) in Minneapolis area.
Yellow = Established Chains
Red = Chains New to the Area
Click here for a larger map.
And be sure to check out the related story: Minneapolis Marketplace Is Fiercely Independent