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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
U.S. Bank prepares for Super Bowl marketing stage in Minneapolis

U.S. Bank prepares for Super Bowl marketing stage in Minneapolis

Executives expect the game will put more attention on the Minneapolis-based bank company than it has ever gotten.
Great Wolf Lodge opens in Bloomington at former Water Park of America site

Great Wolf Lodge opens in Bloomington at former Water Park of America site

The just-opened Bloomington resort replaces the Water Park of America
New lounge for theater lovers will feature Jack Link's-inspired menu

New lounge for theater lovers will feature Jack Link's-inspired menu

The planned lounge in the former Solera building follows the jerky company's move into nearby Mayo Clinic Square.
Minnesota's initial pitch for new Amazon HQ has little financial help

Minnesota's initial pitch for new Amazon HQ has little financial help

The state's existing programs have little to offer Amazon, but officials said the Legislature could come up with more.
Carlson Hotels to change name as Minnesota company looks to future

Carlson Hotels to change name as Minnesota company looks to future

Under new ownership, the company has new executives and a plan to aggressively expand the number of hotels it runs.
New 40-story apartment tower proposed in downtown Minneapolis

New 40-story apartment tower proposed in downtown Minneapolis

5th Street tower near Nicollet Mall would have 261 units, 266 parking spots and access to the skyway.

Hennepin County awards $1.7 million in transit grants

Four transit-oriented development projects in Hennepin County have been awarded $1.7 million in grants. Last week, the Hennepin County Board, acting as the Housing and…
Neighborhood group wants aquaponics farms, bike shop and cafe at East Phillips site

Neighborhood group wants aquaponics farms, bike shop and cafe at East Phillips site

A coalition of residents in Minneapolis' East Phillips neighborhood wants to turn city land close to the Midtown Greenway into aquaponics farms, affordable housing and a neighborhood-run bike shop and cafe.

Former Pioneer Press building in downtown St. Paul sells again

The former home of the Pioneer Press newspaper in downtown St. Paul has been sold for the second time in two years and is planned to be turned into affordable housing.

Patent appeals court rules Cutsforth lawsuit to stay in Minnesota

The decision might set a precedent for other patent infringement cases.
Minneapolis architect Doug Pierce helps building designers plan for all kinds of disasters

Minneapolis architect Doug Pierce helps building designers plan for all kinds of disasters

Perkins+Will architect helps develop standard to help buildings withstand all types of shocks.
Hotel Minneapolis, in a 111-year-old downtown bank building, changes hands

Hotel Minneapolis, in a 111-year-old downtown bank building, changes hands

Ownership change will bring a multimillion-dollar renovation to Hotel Minneapolis.
Co-working provider Spaces to open in North Loop

Co-working provider Spaces to open in North Loop

A new co-working office is opening in Minneapolis.
Mixed-use development around St. Paul soccer stadium is planned

Mixed-use development around St. Paul soccer stadium is planned

The 20-acre parcel would have mixed-use facilities.
Jack Link's debuts Wild Side retail store at Target Center

Jack Link's debuts Wild Side retail store at Target Center

Jerky maker is selling products that represent the wild-and-outside theme of its brand.
New 'Borrowed Interest' podcast features black, female advertising professionals in Minneapolis

New 'Borrowed Interest' podcast features black, female advertising professionals in Minneapolis

Young professionals start new podcast to give voice to people of color working in advertising.
U.S. Bank home mortgage employees to relocate to Hopkins complex

U.S. Bank home mortgage employees to relocate to Hopkins complex

In major lease deal, the company will occupy one of three buildings that was originally developed for Cargill.
Renovations blur distinctions between office space rankings

Renovations blur distinctions between office space rankings

Amenities, not rankings, drive commercial leasing.
IBM moves forward with Rochester campus sale

IBM moves forward with Rochester campus sale

After a sale, the company plans to rent office space for itself on a portion of the property.
Minneapolis attorney builds a business around cybersecurity

Minneapolis attorney builds a business around cybersecurity

Small businesses should be wary of cyberattacks and have incident-response plans in place to be prepared.
Kraus-Anderson moves into new headquarters in Minneapolis

Kraus-Anderson moves into new headquarters in Minneapolis

The construction firm is still building up the rest of its block.
Fearless Commerce magazine shines a spotlight on black, female women entrepreneurs in Twin Cities

Fearless Commerce magazine shines a spotlight on black, female women entrepreneurs in Twin Cities

The publication was created to showcase black, female business owners.
Downtown St. Paul office vacancy rises

Downtown St. Paul office vacancy rises

Downtown St. Paul offices face higher vacancies, according to an annual market report by the Greater St. Paul Building Owners and Managers Association. The occupancy…
Pilgrim's Pride will close Luverne chicken processing plant, cutting 200 jobs

Pilgrim's Pride will close Luverne chicken processing plant, cutting 200 jobs

The move comes just 10 months after Pilgrim's Pride acquired the facility in its purchase of GNP Co.
For Dayton's developers, the price tag is big, spotlight is bright

For Dayton's developers, the price tag is big, spotlight is bright

The conversion of the old downtown store into modern offices and stores will cost at least $250 million.
Revived Dayton's building to be eclectic mix of new-age retail, office space

Revived Dayton's building to be eclectic mix of new-age retail, office space

The lower levels of what they are now calling "the Dayton's project" will be filled with stores, restaurants and a food hall with a mix of trendy vendors and dining options. The upper floors will be office space with a health club and large outdoor terrace.
Twin Cities approaching Amazon HQ bid with little flash

Twin Cities approaching Amazon HQ bid with little flash

With an expected capital investment of $5 billion and the prospect of an office that will house tens of thousands of well-paid workers, Amazon presents the economic development opportunity of a generation. But Minnesota leaders and executives remain cautious.
Dayton joins economic development officials to mull Amazon HQ bid

Dayton joins economic development officials to mull Amazon HQ bid

Meetings are scheduled for Monday to determine "next steps" in the process.
Minnesota's pitch for Amazon's second HQ picks up steam

Minnesota's pitch for Amazon's second HQ picks up steam

Initially restrained, Minnesota is putting resources into its bid.
Fifth Street Towers renovation puts a bar in Minneapolis skyway

Fifth Street Towers renovation puts a bar in Minneapolis skyway

Office tenants in the newly revamped Fifth Street Towers in Minneapolis won't even have to leave the skyway level to meet clients for happy hour.
Polaris Slingshot under investigation for alleged faulty seat belts

Polaris Slingshot under investigation for alleged faulty seat belts

A complaint was filed by a family of a man who was killed in a Michigan crash.
Dunwoody College of Technology plans $10M renovation of Mpls. campus

Dunwoody College of Technology plans $10M renovation of Mpls. campus

Dunwoody College of Technology has plans to expand its Minneapolis campus with a $10 million renovation. The update comes as the school adds to its…
Be careful with the phrase 'Super Bowl' in marketing; NFL has the trademark

Be careful with the phrase 'Super Bowl' in marketing; NFL has the trademark

While the Super Bowl brings opportunities, the National Football League has been notoriously protective of its trademarks.
Minneapolis continues to issue more than $1 billion in building permits

Minneapolis continues to issue more than $1 billion in building permits

For the sixth year straight, Minneapolis has passed the billion-dollar benchmark.
Bloomington buying farm near MOA for $32M for World's Fair

Bloomington buying farm near MOA for $32M for World's Fair

The 59-acre property, the last farm in the suburb, has been owned by the same family since 1932. Bloomington hopes it will become the site for the 2023 World's Fair.
Judge dismisses lawsuit by potential buyer of downtown Minneapolis Macy's complex

Judge dismisses lawsuit by potential buyer of downtown Minneapolis Macy's complex

City Center Realty Partners, which brought the suit, had a letter of intent with Macy's but didn't reach a deal.
Dayton's call for 'restrained' bid for Amazon HQ draws protests

Dayton's call for 'restrained' bid for Amazon HQ draws protests

Some Twin Cities tech leaders say the state's economic future shouldn't be handcuffed by homegrown companies Target and Best Buy.
Effort to redevelop key downtown St. Paul riverfront site collapses

Effort to redevelop key downtown St. Paul riverfront site collapses

Ramsey County calls off deal with developer over parking structure costs.
Atmosphere goes for a more comfortable, homey feel in office renovation

Atmosphere goes for a more comfortable, homey feel in office renovation

The company uses its 100-person, 29,000-square-foot space as a "worklab" in Minneapolis.
Twin Cities prepares to fight for Amazon's second headquarters

Twin Cities prepares to fight for Amazon's second headquarters

Greater MSP is already working with state economic development agency to put together a proposal.
Key Nicollet crossroad struggles in the new retail landscape

Key Nicollet crossroad struggles in the new retail landscape

Today's real-life dramas of the owners and tenants on the corner of 7th Street and Nicollet Mall tell a bigger tale. An acceleration of retail store closings in the Twin Cities and across the country is pushing property owners into upheaval, forcing them to try new strategies to fill spaces that are often cavernous and awkward.
10-story, 57-apartment Nordic project is United's largest in North Loop

10-story, 57-apartment Nordic project is United's largest in North Loop

The 10-story development will incorporate 57 apartments, a seven-level elevated parking garage with additional underground space that could accommodate 400 vehicles, and office and retail space.

Cameron's Coffee is growing in Shakopee, expanding warehouse space

Cameron’s Coffee has increased its warehouse space in Shakopee as its sales have continued to grow, especially online. Cameron’s signed a lease renewal and expansion…
Downtown Minneapolis residents want a say in city's sale of land near Guthrie

Downtown Minneapolis residents want a say in city's sale of land near Guthrie

Initial plans fell through when Mortenson Development announced it was abandoning a plan to build a 10-story tower with a 235-room Hyatt Centric hotel on the property.
New plans for bigger residential, parking complex on Thrivent lot

New plans for bigger residential, parking complex on Thrivent lot

New plans suggest the building would have more housing units, and may be a mix of rentals and condos.
Gander Outdoors plans to move from St. Paul back to Bloomington

Gander Outdoors plans to move from St. Paul back to Bloomington

The outdoor retailer will occupy about 25,000 square feet of space in the Normandale Lake Office Park.

Edina V building, a home to Arkray USA and Barr Engineering, sells to Wisconsin energy company

An Edina med-tech industrial building has been sold for $11.2 million, another indicator of the solidity of the industrial market in the Twin Cities.The Edina…
Co-working, flexible leases at Twin Cities office buildings continue to grow

Co-working, flexible leases at Twin Cities office buildings continue to grow

Several new real estate projects include office space that would offer short-term leases or accommodate shared work hubs
Chanhassen-based AmericInn sold for $170M to Wyndham

Chanhassen-based AmericInn sold for $170M to Wyndham

The deal puts a well-regarded chain of Midwest hotels in the hands of one of the industry's giants.
3M looking for office space in downtown St. Paul

3M looking for office space in downtown St. Paul

The Maplewood company has a small number of people working in Lowertown.
Former Ecolab tower in St.Paul gets a major makeover

Former Ecolab tower in St.Paul gets a major makeover

For St. Paul, the redevelopment of one of its tallest buildings is viewed as a way to spearhead growth downtown.
Two towers, bike bridge project in Edina now is one tower, bridge

Two towers, bike bridge project in Edina now is one tower, bridge

Developers resubmitted plans after a property owner on one side of France Avenue balked.

USAA real estate unit buys Plymouth medical office

A Plymouth medical office building has been purchased for $11.9 million. The Plymouth City Center Medical Building, located near the intersection of 36th Avenue N.…
O'Neill steps down as CEO of the Nerdery; search for successor begins

O'Neill steps down as CEO of the Nerdery; search for successor begins

Software design firm taps outsider as a president, looks for new CEO.

Compass report shows slow, steady commercial real estate market

The Twin Cities commercial real estate market trucked along at a slightly slower, but still healthy pace during the first half of the year, according…
Hotel project canceled at Guthrie Liner Parcel in Minneapolis

Hotel project canceled at Guthrie Liner Parcel in Minneapolis

The city will request new proposals for a strip on Washington Avenue near the Guthrie Theater.
360-stall parking ramp planned for North Loop of Minneapolis

360-stall parking ramp planned for North Loop of Minneapolis

It's the second big ramp proposed in recent months for the North Loop.
Target set to give $14 million to youth soccer programs

Target set to give $14 million to youth soccer programs

Target, already an MLS sponsor, continues to make investments in soccer.

Collaborative tackles diversity issues in commercial real estate

Commercial business collaborative aims to broaden mission.
Former Ecolab building in St. Paul sells for $3.6 million

Former Ecolab building in St. Paul sells for $3.6 million

The building, which is getting a new name and quick updates, will be open in September.
Remodeled Armory to host days-long entertainment during Super Bowl

Remodeled Armory to host days-long entertainment during Super Bowl

The remodeled building will continue to be a venue for concerts and large events after the Super Bowl.
$100M plan calls for towers, bike bridge over France Av. in Edina

$100M plan calls for towers, bike bridge over France Av. in Edina

The bridge is part of a plan to remake a busy Edina intersection and provide a missing link of the Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail.
Thrivent lot in downtown Mpls. might be redone as ramp and apartments

Thrivent lot in downtown Mpls. might be redone as ramp and apartments

The plan is the likely first step in redeveloping three surface parking areas.

Frauenshuh acquires Minnetonka-based BTO Development

Frauenshuh Commercial Real Estate Group has acquired Minnetonka-based BTO Development LLC to expand its property management and development capabilities. As part of the development, BTO…
Dinkytown's landmark Varsity Theater is sold; music shows will return

Dinkytown's landmark Varsity Theater is sold; music shows will return

The Varsity Theater in Minneapolis may soon rock again after a new owner says it plans to return music shows to the Dinkytown landmark.
International Market Square in Minneapolis sold for nearly $29M

International Market Square in Minneapolis sold for nearly $29M

Buyers plan an upgrade to the historic complex.

Wells Fargo sells Mendota Heights-based shareowner services business

Services unit is expected to stay in Mendota Heights.

Centennial Lakes wins TOBY Award

The Centennial Lakes Office Park in Edina has been awarded the International TOBY Award for outstanding building of the year in its category.
Shortage of skilled workers squeezing Twin Cities builders

Shortage of skilled workers squeezing Twin Cities builders

Twin Cities builders and contractors are in the midst of one of their busiest years. But a shortage of skilled workers means that new projects are costing more and taking longer to complete.
Edina's Pentagon Park adding housing in revamp of $500M project

Edina's Pentagon Park adding housing in revamp of $500M project

The $500 million makeover of Edina's Pentagon Park is getting a makeover. CBRE recently announced that it is marketing 28 acres of the 42-acre site, which is being renamed The Link, for sale as housing.
Vikings begin to market 200-acre development around new Eagan HQ

Vikings begin to market 200-acre development around new Eagan HQ

The Vikings on Thursday officially announced their marketing launch for Viking Lakes, a 200-acre project.
General Mills taps Pollard, ad industry veteran, as new top marketer

General Mills taps Pollard, ad industry veteran, as new top marketer

Pollard used data to help Coca-Cola more effectively spend $2 billion a year in advertising.
Small companies grant perks and flexibility to attract and retain talent

Small companies grant perks and flexibility to attract and retain talent

Several companies at the top of the small business list know how to let their workers have a little fun.

Fired exec from South St. Paul firm may be linked to dozens of condo fraud cases

Property management company fired employee, and he briefly went missing.
WeWork co-working office to open in Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis

WeWork co-working office to open in Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis

A new co-working space will open soon in Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis. WeWork will open its first Twin Cities location in the office building…
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