Maple Grove

Ultimate Electronics: Maple Grove, MN

August 3, 2012
Ultimate Electronics: Maple Grove, MN

Did you know that Ultimate Electronics went out of business? Probably not. And if you did, you probably didn’t care. I only cared (and I’m using that term loosely here) because A.) I run a blog about about dead retail stores and B.) I live in the area. It’s kind of hard to ignore the giant, empty big box shell staring at you from...

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Kentucky Fried Chicken: Maple Grove, MN

July 5, 2012
Finger lickin' good. Not.

Today’s post features the Maple Grove Kentucky Fried Chicken location. This fast food joint opened in 1989, serving up fried chicken battered in 11 herbs and spices. (In reality, it tastes kind of bland for having that many “herbs and spices.” It’s so gently spiced, as if they didn’t want to offend the palates of 7 year old schoolchildren and 80 year old grandmas.)...

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Alleygators Night Club Mid-90s Commercial: Maple Grove, MN

June 17, 2012
I like to move it, move it

Alex, a reader of this blog, sent me this old commercial from Alleygators Night Club. My guess, judging by the choice of songs and the clothing, is that this is from 94/95ish. Ugh @ the songs on this commercial… 15+ years later, they’re STILL overplayed. Read the original Alleygators Night Club/Spectrum Lanes post here. Thanks Alex!

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Alleygators Night Club / Spectrum Lanes: Maple Grove, MN

May 22, 2012
Untz untz untz

So a gator goes into a bar… Located off of I-494 and Bass Lake Road, Alleygators Night Club/ Spectrum Lanes was one of the few nightclubs located in the Twin Cities suburbs. In fact, I can’t think of another night club located in the West Metro, but I could be wrong. Nightclubs aren’t really my cup of tea. But this wasn’t *just* a nightclub....

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Abandoned Target Greatland Store: Maple Grove, MN

May 17, 2012
Abandoned Target Greatland Store: Maple Grove, MN

2012 update: Went over to the area and took a few pics since it is being remodeled. Blog post originally written in July 2009; most pics also taken in July 2009. Post is updated at the bottom.   Stores come and go, such is life. You come to expect closings from nail salons, dollar stores, or lately, your neighborhood Starbucks. When that store is...

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Baker’s Square: Maple Grove, MN

June 30, 2009
Baker’s Square: Maple Grove, MN

Like Grandma always said, “Keep your fork, there’s pie!” Okay, so that’s not the official slogan of Baker’s Square — it’s “Come for the food, stay for the pie”. Close enough though. Personally, I’d rather just come for that 3,000-calorie slice of pie & scoop of ice cream that will surely lead me down the path of bedridden obesity, and pass on the food,...

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The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes: Maple Grove, MN

April 30, 2009
The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes: Maple Grove, MN

Shop and eat. Shop and eat. Shop and eat.  Thousands of years from now, anthropologists will study the ruins of the this land and wonder if all its denizens did was buy shit and stuff their face.  Maple Grove’s retail area is obnoxiously huge — acres and acres of parking lots, big box stores, and pretty much every chain restaurant known to man. Except...

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