Cousins resurrect closed grocery stores

FARIBAULT, Minn. -- Cousins Chris and Jay Nelson are getting back into the grocery business with the purchase of the equipment and rights to do business at Faribault's former Rainbow Foods. They did the same for a Rainbow Foods in Albert Lea.

Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Both stores were owned by the Nelson family before their 1998 sale to Fleming Inc., the parent company of Rainbow Foods. Nelson's SuperValu was open in Faribault for 45 years prior to that sale.

The Nelsons will be the owners and operators of both the Faribault and Albert Lea stores and will alternate management of the two stores between them.

The Nelsons have set Aug. 15 as a tentative opening date for Nelson's County Market in Faribault. When Faribault's Rainbow Foods closed its doors on June 7, the grocery store employed 100 people. When the store reopens, Chris Nelson said, it will have around 25 more employees.

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