The Beacon Bluff business center on Phalen Boulevard will soon have a new occupant, familiar to connoisseurs of Grand Avenue pastry shops.
Wuollet Bakery acquires three acres in the former 3M campus to build a 50,000 square foot commercial bakery, manufacturing and wholesale plant, with the goal of expanding the brand across the Twin Cities and beyond.
The land transfer won’t make much money for the St. Paul Port Authority – the sale is $ 1 – but it comes with labor agreements that require local hire at a wage. decent. The Port Authority’s board of directors will meet on Tuesday to approve the transaction.
Wuollet was founded in the 1940s and has retail bakeries in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Edina, Robbinsdale and Wayzata. It recently became owned by Eric and Olga Shogren, who also operate Baker’s Wife in Minneapolis and Hans’ Bakery in Anoka, as well as 65 bakeries and 13 pizzerias in Russia, according to board documents.
The St. Paul Port Authority acquired the former 3M headquarters in 2008 and has been marketing campus parcels to employers since 2012.
Wuollet plans to develop the land next to Loomis Armored in East Seveth and Forest Street, with construction scheduled to start next February and take around a year. The port authority expects Wuollet to create 70 new jobs at the site over a 10-year period.