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Nicole Norfleet

Reporter | Commercial real estate
Phone: 612-673-4495
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Nicole Norfleet covers commercial real estate along with professional services, including the Twin Cities' thriving marketing, accounting, and legal communities. 

Norfleet 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. She is originally from the East Coast, but now calls the East Side of St. Paul home. Norfleet and her partner Liz have one tabby son named Max and enjoy craft beer, Korean dramas and camping with family. She is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Stan Davis

Stanley Davis, patriarch of Minnesota business family, dies at 100

He was remembered as a hard worker whose work ethic and the care he took cultivating and maintaining relationships with people were worthy of admiration.
Soona co-founders Liz Giorgi, left, and Hayley Anderson, center, assisted in the jewelry photo shoot with studio pro Andres Perez and client Aisha For

Minneapolis-based Soona creates digital content ASAP

New Minneapolis content studio allows businesses to get professional photos and videos of products within 24 hours.
The first phase of the Satori development along 800 block of W. Broadway Avenue would contain 112 units.

Apartment project again pushed for stretch of W. Broadway

Tim Baylor wants to build market-rate apartments in north Minneapolis.
United Properties has closed on the sale of the city parking lot where the Gateway mixed-use development will be built. Here, the asphalt lot is crumb

United Properties closes on $10.4M land sale for Gateway project in Mpls.

United Properties closes on sale to build RBC Gateway development with on-site work beginning this week.
Jamez Staples plans to redevelop a former north Minneapolis workforce center into a construction, energy and sustainability technologies training site

Green-tech training center in north Minneapolis stalls

Renewable Energy Partners founder is discouraged at delays in his green-tech education center.
Using a mannequin, Larry Lutz practiced putting on someone’s pants as instructor Kim Stender, right, led a training session for Right at Home.

Meet the Minnesota companies that have been voted Top Workplaces 10 years in a row

Companies say open communication and ensuring employees feel valued are keys to success.
Jim Jennings

Restaurant owner Jim Jennings dies at 95

Jim Jennings would routinely visit his restaurants to eat lunch, chat with regulars and exchange business ideas with his managers on the back of beverage…
“At the end of the day, there’s probably no power more effective than passion,” marketing whiz and former General Mills creative chief Michael F

Former General Mills creative chief shifts his focus to 'the art of inspiring anybody'

When it comes to spur creativity in a corporate environment, Michael Fanuele says there's probably no power more effective than passion.
Life Time Living Green Valley will be located outside of Las Vegas and feature 148 residences with the more than 200,000-square-foot Life Time Athleti

Life Time Living apartments to launch in several cities

About 900 initial residences tied to healthy living are planned in Las Vegas, Miami and Dallas.
On this city-owned parking lot, United Properties plans to build a 37-story tower with a Four Seasons hotel along with residential and office space.

Minneapolis' new Gateway skyscraper expected to begin construction soon

City is expected to finalize sale of property by end of June; tower to be one of 10 tallest in Mpls.
“Amazon, if you’re shopping for a move-in-ready, take-on-the-world location, the Minneapolis St. Paul region is uniquely qualified to work with yo

State officials disclose full bid to lure Amazon HQ to Twin Cities

The 122-page report suggests 18 cities where the project could be located and the prospect of a relatively modest $3 million to $5 million in public subsidies.
Bremer Bank's new logo

St. Paul-based Bremer Bank rebrands, updates website

Its new logo signifies that bank goes "above and beyond" for its customers.
Construction workers worked on the 15th floor rooftop deck at the Capella Tower Wednesday. The downtown Minneapolis building was purchased last year b

Minneapolis office towers attract new buyers as property sales boom

Some of the most recognizable skyscrapers in downtown Minneapolis have recently been snatched up by deep-pocketed companies.
A line of customers goes out the door during the soft opening of the new Tim Hortons bakery at Mall of America, Nov. 15, 2016.

Tim Hortons doughnut shops in Minn. have begun to close

Tim Hortons shops in Minnesota close as franchisee accuses parent company of providing "bogus" financial projections.
A selection of sample beverages from the Lab.

At the Lab's new St. Paul taproom, patrons can take craft beer for a test drive

The Lab lets beer makers test ingredients and get drinkers' feedback on their new brews.
Stinson moved into new offices in Minneapolis in 2017.Photo courtesy Sheila Ryan Photography

From now on, Stinson Leonard Street law firm is just 'Stinson'

Shorter name unifies 500 staff after 2014 merger.
Local officials joined Thor founder Richard Copeland, with scissors, to celebrate the grand
opening of Thor’s $36 million headquarters building in n

Thor Construction shutting down in wake of lawsuits

Founder said that other arms of parent company Thor Cos., which provided consulting, design, and development services, will continue in some capacity, though he didn't specify which ones.
Peter Diessner

Peter Diessner named new president of Kraus-Anderson realty and development

Diessner is part of the third generation of his family to help lead Kraus-Anderson companies.
Mahesh Ramanujam, president and chief executive of the U.S. Green Building Council, gets a tour of the LEED-certified 428 building with Jamie Rissi, o

Value of green buildings touted at conference in St. Paul

A new report shows only 11% of study respondents associated them to the environment.
Street Factory Media owners Matt Kelly, left, and Jim Audette played with LED lighting the firm is using for a display they are building for a tech co

Minneapolis marketing firm builds experiences, and brands, by hand

Street Factory Media prides itself on being the agency to go to get things done, or more specifically, built.
The Seven Corners Gateway site is planned to be redeveloped into a hotel, apartments and retail.

Parking lot across from Xcel Energy Center set to become apartments, hotel and shops

A project that would redevelop the downtown parking lot receives key city approval.
Tim Forstad

KPMG accounting firm has a new Minneapolis managing partner

Accounting firm KPMG has a new managing partner for its Minneapolis office. Tim Forstad has replaced George Kehl, who will retire from the firm later…
Noel Gordon Jr. walked Sara Barrow through items by Reparations Media and Apparel. Gordon said the brand uses humor to point out racial inequality.

Pop-up stores debut in empty space at Gaviidae office tower in Minneapolis

Downtown Minneapolis pop-up market gives entrepreneurs bigger exposure.
The Wells Fargo Center is shown at left in this photo of the downtown Minneapolis skyline taken in 2011.

Wells Fargo Center in downtown Minneapolis sells for $315 million

The 57-story office tower is being purchased by a Connecticut-based group that plans to renovate the complex and add amenities.
Golden Thyme coffee shop owner Mychael Wright toured a new senior housing unit which is part of the Selby Milton Victoria Project in St. Paul.

'A change is gonna come' to Selby Avenue, and two buildings are at its core

Selby Milton Victoria Project is the product of the first commercial land trust in St. Paul.
Life Time is close to opening its St. Louis Park co-working office, Life Time Work.

Health is the mission of new Life Time Work co-working office in St. Louis Park

The fitness club company is aiming to promote health as an essential part of work life
Regis Corp. plans to move into Target Corp.'s former west corporate campus.Rendering courtesy the Opus Group

Hair salon company Regis to move headquarters to Minneapolis from Edina

Regis will occupy the top four floors of Target Corp.'s former west corporate campus along Interstate 394.
Gensler plans to have a flexible new office.Courtesy of Gensler Minneapolis

Design firm Gensler will move to a larger Minneapolis office in Baker Center

Its new office will give it more elbow room to accommodate double the staff.
The lounge at The Marq in Minneapolis, Minn.

After $7M renovation, Marquette Plaza is rebranded the Marq

$7M renovation brings modern amenities to former Marquette Plaza
At the Dayton's Project, the back and forth between developer and local preservation officials has led to construction delays with retail tenants as w

Development team juggles Dayton's store renovation, Chicago project

Soon contractors are scheduled to begin to cut the openings in the downtown Minneapolis store's lower floors to create a large atrium. Still, the work has hit delays.
Tonette “Toni” Swiggum

Tonette "Toni" Swiggum, dance and skating instructor, dies at 80

In 1971, Swiggum was selected as the director and choreographer for the St. Louis Park Parkettes.
Executive Vice President Chris Preston and President Jennifer Spire now lead Minneapolis advertising agency Preston Kelly.Courtesy Preston Kelly

Minneapolis ad agency Preston Kelly wants to work with 'good brands'

Minneapolis advertising agency Preston Kelly wants to stay positive.The independent creative firm has new leadership after its longtime Chief Executive Chuck Kelly recently announced his…
Several organizations in north Minneapolis are exploring ways to help local entrepreneurs own or lease their commercial properties affordably in north

Entrepreneurs, nonprofits work to keep north Minneapolis local

As rents rise and redevelopment hits, groups are working to keep the area's commercial real estate affordable.
Thrivent Financial’s investment division will move to six floors in the AT&T Tower in downtown Minneapolis a few blocks from the company’s future

Thrivent moving investment division to six floors of AT&T Tower in downtown Minneapolis

When Thrivent Financial moves into its new corporate headquarters next year, its investment division will move into space of its own.The 300-member team, which includes…
Rocky Novak (left) is the new CEO and Mike Buchner (right) the new chairman of Fallon Worldwide.

Minneapolis advertising agency Fallon names Rocky Novak its new CEO

Novak, who was managing director of Twin Cities office, replaces Mike Buchner, who also was promoted.
WeWork has already opened two other offices in Minneapolis. The first space was in Capella Tower.

WeWork to open co-working site in the North Loop

WeWork's office in the Nordic building will be its third Twin Cities location.
The lobby at the Canopy by Hilton at Thresher Square.

New $63M luxury hotel opens in downtown Minneapolis' historic Thresher Square

The 183-room full-service hotel is the latest addition to the city's lodging market.
Back row from the left: Leita Walker, partner in litigation; Richard Thomson, senior counsel in litigation; and Benjamin W. Johnson, partner in public

Mpls. office of law firm Ballard Spahr hits its stride

Year after merger, the law firm is making big changes.
University of St. Thomas student Fatoumata Jaiteh discusses her nonprofit in a video for the college.

St. Thomas launches new ads showcasing enterprising students

The university aims to raise its profile outside of the Twin Cities area.
Target Creative is one of the largest ad firms in the Twin Cities, with 300 employees at its downtown Minneapolis offices and North Loop production st

Target, Best Buy in-house shops help reshape ad industry

Many companies have opted to grow their in-house creative advertising shops instead of relying solely on outside advertising firms.
A man looks out the window of the SPS Tower building in downtown Minneapolis.

SPS Tower in downtown Minneapolis sells for $144M to Japanese buyer

The SPS Tower in downtown Minneapolis has sold for $144 million to a Japanese company, further indication of the area's growing attractiveness to out-of-town investors.SPS…
During a 15-second commercial for Cenex that will regionally during the Super Bowl, a father shows his daughter how to change oil.

Super Bowl marketing ratchets down for Twin Cities

Local agencies are not spearheading national spots during this year's broadcast.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis wants to build an 800-stall parking garage.

800-stall parking garage proposed in North Loop next to Mpls. Federal Reserve

Parking has become tight in the North Loop area as the number of surface lots has dwindled.
The tax filing season begins Monday, when the IRS is scheduled to start processing returns for individuals.

Twin Cities accountants gear up for a possible 'nightmare' tax season

Minn. CPAs have hands full, but it's "what we do."
Mayor Jacob Frey was on hand for the grand opening of WeWork’s new coworking space in Uptown in December. Also pictured are Megan Dodds, WeWork Midw

WeWork in Uptown launches new program to help startups

The coworking company's WeWork Labs offers investor introductions, pitch nights and other features.
Teller Chika Aghenu worked with a customer at Wells Fargo’s Prosperity branch on St. Paul’s East Side. It’s one of the bank’s busiest and most

Why Wells Fargo's branch on St. Paul's East Side is one of their busiest in the country

Wells Fargo's Prosperity branch in St. Paul serves a diverse community, where customers can still take advantage of face-to-face banking.
Former chief executive Ravi Norman left, and founder Richard Copeland of Thor Cos. stand outside of the company's new headquarters as it was being bui

Thor Cos. sued by Sunrise Banks for more than $3 million; receiver sought

Thor Cos., the state's largest minority-owned company, is on the verge of financial collapse, according to the lawsuit filed in Hennepin County District Court.
Madison Equities plans to build 100 apartments on four floors at Park Square Court, a building where it once envisioned a hotel.

Madison Equities buys St. Paul's Alliance Bank Center, eyes more conversions nearby

Firm paid $18.25M for the 16-story Alliance building, with more on the horizon.
Struck by 'career angst'? Here's why it's OK to change jobs at any age

Struck by 'career angst'? Here's why it's OK to change jobs at any age

Twin Cities career coaches say people can feel stuck for many reasons, but it's never too late to answer the question: What's important?
The zoning and planning committee of the Minneapolis City Council went against city staff recommendations.

Gateway tower in Minneapolis gets key city approvals

Developer United Properties had appealed staff recommendations to deny a large sign and a drive-up entrance for the 37-story tower at Hennepin and Washington.
Alula, a security systems technology company, is moving its headquarters and about 120 employees from Hudson, Wis., to the Midway Innovation Center, a

Security tech company Alula moves from Wisconsin to St. Paul

It will bring 120 workers to its new office in St. Paul.
This is a rendering of the proposed Gateway Tower from June 2018.

United Properties says city conditions could put Gateway tower in jeopardy

United Properties says tower needs rooftop sign for anchor tenant and a drive-up entrance.

Lou Everett, co-founder of Delta Records, dies at 83

For 60 years, Lou Everett helped capture the voices of angels. Delta Records, the independent record label he co-founded with a friend, recorded and distributed…
Piedmont Office Realty Trust has plans to renovate the top floor of the U.S. Bancorp Center to include a multipurpose amenity space.
Courtesy of ESG/P

Offices are continuing to change. Here are 8 trends to look for in 2019

More privacy in open offices, design that reflects the company ethos and more adaptable layouts are among changes employers are making.
A sign outside the Ecolab headquarters

Ecolab University Center in St. Paul sold to developer who served prison time for fraud

Developer leading the buy has served prison time for fraud in recent years.

Minnesota's jobless rate stays at 2.8% as job growth slows

Job growth has slowed in Minn. from its pace earlier this year and now trails U.S.
Scott Burns, co-founder of Structural, Bill Emory, CEO of Smart Care and Caroline Karanja, owner of 26 Letters are among the Osborn370’s tenants.

A year in, St. Paul's Osborn370 gains momentum as Twin Cities startup hub

Renovations nearly done at former Ecolab HQ and the building is about two-thirds leased.
Ben Smith helped out some customers at Spinning Wylde, a cotton candy shop founded by his wife, Tevy Phann-Smith.

Minneapolis retail pop-up pilot aimed for Final Four weekend

Chameleon Consortium wants to test a retail pop-up concept in downtown Minneapolis office.
Minneapolis-based Bite Squad is being sold to Waitr Holdings Inc., a Louisiana food delivery firm, for $321 million in one of the largest deals for a

Food billionaire Fertitta buys Minneapolis-based Bite Squad for $321M

The deal is one of the biggest involving a Minnesota tech startup in years.
The 100-suite Residence Inn by Marriott at 200 Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

New hotel in St. Paul's West 7th area built around historic fire station

The Residence Inn in St. Paul was built around the city's oldest surviving fire station, on Grand Avenue.
Almost derailed four years ago when a major tenant backed out, the MoZaic East building in Uptown will have its ribbon-cutting on Thursday.

Real estate powerhouse Ackerberg Group bets big in Uptown and St. Paul

The real estate company is taking calculated risks throughout the Twin Cities.
ICF Olson

Minneapolis' Olson advertising agency renamed as part of ICF Next

Change follows trend of local agencies being rebranded.
Periscope and Quad/Graphics leaders gathered at Periscope before heading to an off site company meeting to talk to employees about the changes. On the

Mpls.-based Periscope ad agency sold to Wis. firm for $132M

It's the latest domino to fall in the Twin Cities' ever-changing advertising landscape marked by deals.
Tina Hoye, principal of NTH Inc., which represents more than 150 clients, said: “We are going to make sure that the client has a good sense of what

Tina Hoye, of NTH Inc., discusses the changing demands of office users

People are looking for more: "It's a factor in recruiting and retaining employees."
Abdirahman Muse, executive director of Awood Center, leads a meeting of a group that has been discussing working conditions at local Amazon warehouses

Amazon, East African workers at odds over conditions at Shakopee center

A group representing Somali staffers plans to protest what it says are unfair conditions at a Shakopee facility.

Willmar woman dies in three-car crash

A 19-year-old woman was killed when she lost control of the minivan she was driving Friday in central Minnesota. Yasmin Abdi Ahmed, of Willmar, had…
The Musicant Group projected classic Nintendo games in the atrium of the 801 Marquette building in downtown Minneapolis as part of their programming f

Max Musicant's company brings commercial spaces to life

Real estate startup Musicant Group is all about experiences.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has committed to open a 280-room hotel in the Gateway project that United Properties is developing on the north end of

Luxury hotelier Four Seasons signs up as partner of Gateway project

Developers had long hoped to line up Four Seasons to occupy the hotel space in the new tower planned for the north end of Nicollet Mall.
CLAgency leaders brainstormed over an upcoming breakfast gathering with industry professionals, just like professionals.

Student-run CLAgency at the U has its eye on outside clients

Student-operated creative agency takes on more outside clients.
Northeast-facing view of the apartment building Ryan Cos. proposes to build between the Wells Fargo office towers and U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Mi

Offices out, apartments in for project near stadium

Decision by Minneapolis developer Ryan Cos. to propose apartments follows a failed attempt to land an anchor tenant for an office tower.
The BrandLab hosted a Fearless Conversation at the Walker Art Center in April.Courtesy the BrandLab

'This is very, very white': Report cites lagging diversity at Twin Cities ad agencies

Report finds support for hiring initiatives but little change in the workplace.
This is a rendering of the proposed Gateway Tower from June 2018.

New plan for Gateway project envisions 35-story tower

United Properties plans tower with office space, hotel rooms downtown.

Apartment complex near University of Minnesota campus sells for more than $58 million

A 194-unit student housing complex near the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis was recently sold for a little more than $58 million.The complex, 44 North…
Thomas Dinndorf

Thomas Dinndorf, pharmaceutical executive and aviation enthusiast, dies at 84

When Tom Dinndorf wasn't working, he was chasing planes.Dinndorf, who became a private pilot at the age of 16, spent many a day with a…
Mortarr founders, from left, Amy Petersen, Abby Murray and Steve Pulley, call the site “a mashup of LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and a branding ag

Albert Lea-based Mortarr offers online showcase for office design

It has developed a website that aims to make it easier to share commercial office space ideas.
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