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Nicole Norfleet

Reporter | Commercial real estate
phone: 612-673-4495
Nicole Norfleet currently covers commercial real estate along with professional services including the Twin Cities' thriving marketing, accounting, and legal communities. She is also a general assignment business reporter. She joined the Star Tribune's business team in the winter of 2015 after working as the St. Paul public safety reporter and holding various other metro assignments at the paper.
Recent content from Nicole Norfleet
Guaranty, nonprofit team up to serve those without accounts

Guaranty, nonprofit team up to serve those without accounts

The bank and Prepare + Prosper will launch a program that includes checking, savings plans and loans to help build credit.
Ad magazine dubs Mpls. agency a great place to work, though it has no office

Ad magazine dubs Mpls. agency a great place to work, though it has no office

About one-third of the company's 34 workers are in the Twin Cities.

More small and midsized businesses turn to accountants to act as finance executives

Accounting firms find niche in outsourcing role.
North Loop warehouse now remodeled into boutique hotel

North Loop warehouse now remodeled into boutique hotel

Chicago investment group unveils Nordic-inspired, 124-room Hewing Hotel.
Renovation plans revealed for old TCF Bank building in downtown Mpls.

Renovation plans revealed for old TCF Bank building in downtown Mpls.

It’s not going to tower over the Foshay. It’s not going to be the site of yet another downtown Minneapolis hotel, either. While grand plans…
City Center skyscraper in downtown Mpls. sells for a record $315M

City Center skyscraper in downtown Mpls. sells for a record $315M

The Minneapolis skyscraper nearly sold for $280M last year before Target's sizable layoffs.
Minneapolis ad firm Mono creates a 'term-limit' option for its services

Minneapolis ad firm Mono creates a 'term-limit' option for its services

The ad agency's one-year partnership aims to make a campaign's transition much simpler.
Twin Cities law firms rethink the corner office

Twin Cities law firms rethink the corner office

Lindquist & Vennum is one of several firms moving to more open, equal spaces
Kraus-Anderson unveils the Elliot, the hotel portion of its downtown Minneapolis project

Kraus-Anderson unveils the Elliot, the hotel portion of its downtown Minneapolis project

The hotel will become part of Marriott's Autograph line.
Historic Van Dusen Mansion in Minneapolis, now an event center, sold for $3M

Historic Van Dusen Mansion in Minneapolis, now an event center, sold for $3M

Two Twin Cities event spaces have been wed after the sale of the historic Van Dusen Mansion in Minneapolis to the owner of the A’Bulae…
Mpls. admakers help BMW revive ground-breaking film series with Clive Owen

Mpls. admakers help BMW revive ground-breaking film series with Clive Owen

Creative team that made carmaker's first viral sensation has a new brainchild
Office occupancy continues to grow in St. Paul

Office occupancy continues to grow in St. Paul

Multitenant office space continues to fill up in downtown St. Paul as retail and residential development grows, according to a new report. The occupancy rate…
Spong PR agency becomes Carmichael Lynch Relate

Spong PR agency becomes Carmichael Lynch Relate

Change comes months after the departure of founder Doug Spong.
With modern European touches, AC Hotel opens in downtown Minneapolis

With modern European touches, AC Hotel opens in downtown Minneapolis

From the soft lobby chairs to the “white leather musk” scent that is pumped in the hallways, the new AC Hotel Minneapolis Downtown tries to…
Butcher & the Boar building sells for $6M in cash, 4 times its 2011 purchase price

Butcher & the Boar building sells for $6M in cash, 4 times its 2011 purchase price

The Minneapolis building of the popular Butcher & the Boar restaurant sold this month for $6 million, considerably more than it went for five years…

Running Aces Casino and Racetrack plans to add 74-room hotel

Owner hopes addition of 74 rooms will make it more of a destination in north metro.
Mpls. branding firm uses its version of 'Shark Tank' for first incubator pick

Mpls. branding firm uses its version of 'Shark Tank' for first incubator pick

Duffy's new program wants to help start-ups in exchange for a stake, and 26 Letters is the first company to be selected.
Packers' Jared Cook gets disturbing surprise at Buffalo Wild Wings

Packers' Jared Cook gets disturbing surprise at Buffalo Wild Wings

The tight end posted a photo to Twitter appearing to show a fried and seasoned chicken head that he says he found among his order of wings.
Radisson Red designed for young adults to debut near U.S. Bank Stadium

Radisson Red designed for young adults to debut near U.S. Bank Stadium

Minneapolis' Radisson Red is the first of the hotel's line for young adults
West Elm eyes North Loop of Minneapolis for possible hotel

West Elm eyes North Loop of Minneapolis for possible hotel

Last week, the furniture retailer announced it would open a collection of hotels in partnership with hospitality management company DDK.
Thresher Square hotel will become Midwest's first Canopy by Hilton

Thresher Square hotel will become Midwest's first Canopy by Hilton

Plans call for Canopy concept at Thresher complex in Minneapolis.
Developers eye more parking for new North Loop office tower

Developers eye more parking for new North Loop office tower

A 10-story building could have half of its above-ground space for cars.
Sept. 2: General Mills pressures ad agencies to hire more women, minorities, in creative positions

Sept. 2: General Mills pressures ad agencies to hire more women, minorities, in creative positions

Firm wants ad agency hires to reflect target markets.
Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce selects Weinhagen as new CEO

Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce selects Weinhagen as new CEO

The vice president of the St. Paul chamber will start in his new role Oct. 10.
Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul to get 1,000 new hotel rooms this fall

Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul to get 1,000 new hotel rooms this fall

Three days before the new Embassy Suites in downtown Minneapolis was slated to open, a brass chandelier hung in a jumble from the ceiling and…
Hy-Vee looks to add an Eden Prairie convenience store

Hy-Vee looks to add an Eden Prairie convenience store

Hy-Vee plans to open a super convenience store in Eden Prairie, an apparent first in the market for the Iowa grocer that is rapidly expanding…

Mortenson selected for Destination Medical Center's Discovery Square

M.A. Mortenson Co. has been chosen as the developer for the research campus of Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center, often called the DMC, in downtown…
Changes at the top for company that built U.S. Bank Stadium

Changes at the top for company that built U.S. Bank Stadium

CEO Tom Gunkel ends 34 years at M.A. Mortenson, succeeded by firm veteran Dan Johnson.
Minneapolis creative agency Bolster starts new company to eliminate 'preachy' part of ads

Minneapolis creative agency Bolster starts new company to eliminate 'preachy' part of ads

A Minneapolis agency created a production studio to tell stories with short films instead of commercials
Ameriprise office building in Minneapolis sells for $200M

Ameriprise office building in Minneapolis sells for $200M

The sale of the 31-story office building in downtown Minneapolis is the largest such transaction in Minnesota this year.
With no takers, funeral home offered for free will be torn down for condo

With no takers, funeral home offered for free will be torn down for condo

It’s hard to give away a building when the new owner has to move it. Representatives from Alatus, the developer planning to build a 40-story…
Viewpoint: Bridging the gap between design research and practice

Viewpoint: Bridging the gap between design research and practice

Kelly Munson views herself as a problem solver more than a designer. As one of the creatives at a Minneapolis advertising agency called mono, Munson…
Hundreds get last look at St. Paul Woolworth store before it becomes offices

Hundreds get last look at St. Paul Woolworth store before it becomes offices

The store closed in 1994 and the space on the corner of Minnesota Street and 7th Place E. has been vacant since. Its revival is the latest in downtown St. Paul's makeover.
Minneapolis surpasses $1 billion in building permits — again, but faster

Minneapolis surpasses $1 billion in building permits — again, but faster

It's the fifth straight year Minneapolis passed the $1 billion level in construction permits.

Colle+McVoy launches new Minneapolis design firm

Minneapolis advertising agency Colle+McVoy has spun out a new stand-alone design firm called 10 Thousand Design. Ed Bennett, founder and executive design director of 10 Thousand Design, said it wants to pursue national clients and work on larger-scale assignments that had been difficult to attract as part of an ad agency.
Minnesota attorney general sues Jamaican company for 'phantom' debt calls

Minnesota attorney general sues Jamaican company for 'phantom' debt calls

Company made up debts and then bullied people with phone calls, state says.
Fallon moves on after co-founder's death, but Mpls. ad agency can't quite let go

Fallon moves on after co-founder's death, but Mpls. ad agency can't quite let go

The Minneapolis advertising agency is celebrating its 35th anniversary but also still mourning Pat Fallon, who died in November at age 70.
Minneapolis staff recommends Sherman proposal for Mill District site

Minneapolis staff recommends Sherman proposal for Mill District site

There's now a plan for the last piece of vacant land along Washington Avenue.
New owner of France Av. office park in Edina plans $100 million overhaul

New owner of France Av. office park in Edina plans $100 million overhaul

In the 60 years since Southdale Center was built on Edina farmland, becoming the nation’s first indoor mall, more shopping projects were built on its…
Capella Education to stay in namesake tower in downtown Minneapolis

Capella Education to stay in namesake tower in downtown Minneapolis

The for-profit education firm will reduce its space by about 17 percent.
Fifth Street Towers in downtown Mpls. begin overhaul costing millions

Fifth Street Towers in downtown Mpls. begin overhaul costing millions

The almost-twin tower complex in downtown Minneapolis is about to embark on a multimillion-dollar renovation, its largest makeover, in hopes of attracting new tenants and shedding a look that screams 1980s.
Construction activity levels off in Twin Cities

Construction activity levels off in Twin Cities

A quarterly Construction Cost Index report released this week by Mortenson Construction shows that construction costs have grown at a normal rate while construction employment numbers have stalled.
Vikings select architect and construction company for Eagan headquarters

Vikings select architect and construction company for Eagan headquarters

The Minnesota Vikings selected Crawford Architects and Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. to design and build their new headquarters and practice facility in Eagan. Work began earlier…

Former Rainbow site in south Minneapolis to be redeveloped

Longfellow center is likely to get a new tenant mix.
Treasure Island breaks ground on $86 million resort renovation

Treasure Island breaks ground on $86 million resort renovation

"Very high" room demand sparked upgrades, expansion.
Surly expanding fermentation space to brew more beer

Surly expanding fermentation space to brew more beer

The company is doubling its production capacity as sales grow outside Minnesota.
New brewery, taproom coming to northeast Minneapolis

New brewery, taproom coming to northeast Minneapolis

A new brewery is moving into the Miller Textile building in northeast Minneapolis. HeadFlyer Brewing will open its taproom and brewery in a 9,435 square-foot…
New Minneapolis Wells Fargo towers showcase change, history

New Minneapolis Wells Fargo towers showcase change, history

The company's two East Town towers are unveiled as part of a $300 million project helping to transform downtown.

Dubbs & O'Meara selected to handle media for 2018 Super Bowl

Plymouth-based agency will handle promotion for nongame events .
Twin Cities businesses try to catch Pokémon Go players

Twin Cities businesses try to catch Pokémon Go players

Firms want to capitalize on the mobile game's popularity.
CBRE report ranks Minneapolis highly as a lure of tech talent

CBRE report ranks Minneapolis highly as a lure of tech talent

Minneapolis improves its standing as a market able to draw tech talent Minneapolis is getting a few steps closer to becoming a true tech hub,…
Office tower atop parking garage next to Vikings stadium will be 17 stories

Office tower atop parking garage next to Vikings stadium will be 17 stories

The building is one of the final steps in Ryan's makeover of five blocks next to the stadium.
Obituary: Accountant Dan Ness was a civic leader with a pun at hand in Alexandria

Obituary: Accountant Dan Ness was a civic leader with a pun at hand in Alexandria

For a numbers guy, Harold Daniel Ness had a lively sense of humor. Never one to turn down the opportunity to share a pun, Ness,…
The Big Know is part online learning and part branding

The Big Know is part online learning and part branding

In another GoKart Labs spinoff, The Big Know helps with connection to consumers
General Mills goes digital for marketing for new cereal Tiny Toast

General Mills goes digital for marketing for new cereal Tiny Toast

The company's newest brand, Tiny Toast, targets youths via social media.
With more projects and boutiques, marketing freelancers flourish in Twin Cities

With more projects and boutiques, marketing freelancers flourish in Twin Cities

Freelancers are in high demand by marketing agencies in the Twin Cities as a way to add breadth to a team without the financial overhead that full-time staff would cost.
Clear Channel takes over advertising at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Clear Channel takes over advertising at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will start to look a little more like Times Square as a new advertising agency remakes it with video walls and more illuminated displays. Media firm Clear Channel Airports won a contract for all advertising at the airport for the next 10 years.
Toms Shoes will open store at Mall of America

Toms Shoes will open store at Mall of America

Toms Shoes has gotten its foot in the door in Minnesota, with its first local store slated to open in the Mall of America in time for the holiday season.
Minneapolis brand agency Modern Climate acquired by Clear Night Group

Minneapolis brand agency Modern Climate acquired by Clear Night Group

Clear Night Group has purchased Minneapolis brand agency Modern Climate, the fourth acquisition by the St. Paul-based holding company to create what it calls a…
Small Top Workplaces winners feel their strength is making employees feel like they matter

Small Top Workplaces winners feel their strength is making employees feel like they matter

Small company managers focus on creating an environment where people want to come to work.
Twin Cities ad industry struggling to increase diversity in ranks

Twin Cities ad industry struggling to increase diversity in ranks

The BrandLab is trying to pick up the pace by doubling percentage of minorities by 2017.
Two proposals submitted for vacant Mill District property

Two proposals submitted for vacant Mill District property

Two developers submitted proposals for a city-owned parcel in the Mill District of downtown Minneapolis, with both pushing for mixed-use development complete with housing, restaurant…
Twin Cities-created Mytasca helps companies focus college recruitment efforts

Twin Cities-created Mytasca helps companies focus college recruitment efforts

Campus Media Group's software helps businesses get a foot in the door with college graduates as they try to attract the best talent.
Minnesota attorney general sues magazine company for deceptive sales

Minnesota attorney general sues magazine company for deceptive sales

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says company posed as existing magazine providers and enrolled customers in expensive packages.

GroupM launches local agency Team Arrow Partners for Target account

"Team Arrow" will assist retailer in media buying and planning.
Jones Day opens law office in Minneapolis

Jones Day opens law office in Minneapolis

It's the 18th location in the U.S. and 44th worldwide for the giant firm.

MPR journalists vote in favor of union representation

Reporters and editors decided to join Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Donaldson beats Wall Street expectations in latest results

Donaldson beats Wall Street expectations in latest results

The profit gain came despite pressure on sales.

PadillaCRT targets food and beverage industry with acquisition of FoodMinds

With FoodMinds, Mpls. PR firm broadens expertise in the sector.
Uber-like moving service Bellhops is booming in Twin Cities, seeking workers

Uber-like moving service Bellhops is booming in Twin Cities, seeking workers

National Uber-like company says it needs more movers.
3M wins patent infringement lawsuit against German dental firm

3M wins patent infringement lawsuit against German dental firm

A German dental firm faces an injunction in 3M lawsuit.

Former Voyager Bank CEO Timothy Owens sentenced to 18 months in federal prison

The Wayzata man had pleaded guilty to charges of obstructing an investigation.
Supervalu takes another step in possible Save-A-Lot spin-off

Supervalu takes another step in possible Save-A-Lot spin-off

The Eden Prairie-based grocery retailer has renegotiated its loan agreement.
Arctic Cat making it snow all the time with its virtual reality ride

Arctic Cat making it snow all the time with its virtual reality ride

A new virtual reality ride enables Arctic Cat to market its products year round — whether rain, snow or shine.
Hormel buys organic snacks maker Justin's LLC

Hormel buys organic snacks maker Justin's LLC

The company also reported a 20 percent jump in profits in the latest quarter.
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