Lund Food Holdings operates about 20 Lunds and Byerly's upscale grocery and wine markets in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. The company was created by the merger of Lunds and Byerly's. Both chains specialize in gourmet, high-quality foods, with locations offering artisan breads, bakeries, a line of organic foods and natural products, wine stores, florists, catering services, housewares, cooking demos, and community meeting rooms. Byerly's also runs a culinary school out of one of its stores. Through a partnership with Minnetonka-based PrairieStone Pharmacy, Lund Food Holdings has been adding pharmacies to many of its stores. The grocer also operates an online shopping and home delivery service.
An 11th Lunds location is slated to open in downtown Minneapolis in 2012. Lund Food Holdings is one of several chains expanding in the increasingly crowded and competitive Twin Cities market. A fourth Trader Joes store, known for cheap wine and gourmet products, opened in the area in mid-2009. Low-cost ALDI is also expanding to meet the increased demand for deep-discount groceries as a result of the recession. Also, long-time rivals Cub Foods and Kowalski's Markets are also growing their store bases. The local grocery market is also under assault from discounters Wal-Mart Stores and Target.