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Monday A.M. Report

Uptown Apple store opens Saturday, Developer Ned Abdul denies fraud claims, Geneva Management fights Chapter 7 petition, and Former Leeann Chin president Creighton named Smashburger COO

Uptown Apple store opens Saturday: Apple’s Minneapolis store in Uptown will open Saturday, the company said Monday. The Cupertino, Calif.-based electronics developer and manufacturer’s newest store, a two-story building at 3018 Hennepin Ave. S., opens at 10 a.m. on June 19, according to a news release. Apple’s arrival had been widely rumored for months. Read full story

Developer Ned Abdul denies fraud claims: Developer Ned Abdul has issued a defense to colleagues and friends, following last month’s raid on his office and home by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Internal Revenue Service. Abdul is owner of Minneapolis-based Swervo Development Corp. and two downtown Minneapolis nightclubs, Epic and Karma. Read full story

Geneva Management fights Chapter 7 petition: Duane Lund, the CEO and founder of The Geneva Organization, is fighting an attempt by some investors trying liquidate the company’s property-management arm. Three investors in a Geneva-sponsored investment partnership that owns One Southwest Crossing in Eden Prairie have petitioned a U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court to put Geneva Management Services into Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Read full story

Former Leeann Chin president Creighton named Smashburger COO: The former president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Leeann Chin has been named COO of Denver-based Smashburger. Greg Creighton, previously Smashburger’s executive vice president of operations, has worked with the “fast-casual” hamburger chain since October 2008. Read full story