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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
St. Paul's Church on the Hill sold to developer who plans performing arts center

St. Paul's Church on the Hill sold to developer who plans performing arts center

St. Paul Conservatory of Music plans to rent space in the building from new owner John Rupp.
American Public Media to open shared workspace, startup incubator in St. Paul

American Public Media to open shared workspace, startup incubator in St. Paul

The 10,000-square-foot shared workspace in downtown St. Paul will be called the Glen Nelson Center.

How CoStar sees the Twin Cities commercial market

An assessment of the Twin Cities office scene reflects the flat outlook predicted in other recent local analyses.
Twin Cities hotels see huge jump in revenue thanks to Super Bowl

Twin Cities hotels see huge jump in revenue thanks to Super Bowl

The revenue per available room during game weekend was up 626 percent over the same weekend last year.
Minnesota 3-D printing helps U.S. luge team improve in Olympics

Minnesota 3-D printing helps U.S. luge team improve in Olympics

Eden Prairie-based Stratasys made molds for specialized sleds.
Architects scale back proposal for apartment complex on Edina's France Avenue

Architects scale back proposal for apartment complex on Edina's France Avenue

The newest idea from DJR scraps a bike bridge above the busy street.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is changing name to Radisson

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is changing name to Radisson

Step is the latest move made by HNA Tourism.
Minneapolis ad exec moves quickly in new firm with acquisition of fundraising firm

Minneapolis ad exec moves quickly in new firm with acquisition of fundraising firm

New marketing firm Bold Orange acquires largest gift card fundraising company in the country
New apartment complex in Edina to be called Nolan Mains

New apartment complex in Edina to be called Nolan Mains

The luxury apartments rising near Edina’s post office are going to be named after Leo Nolan, an early developer and business owner in the nearby…

Minneapolis marketing agency to pay $2 million to settle complaint on deceptive ads

The settlement amount with the FTC is one of the largest involving an ad agency.
Twin Cities marketers discuss shift in Super Bowl ads to more socially conscious messaging

Twin Cities marketers discuss shift in Super Bowl ads to more socially conscious messaging

The television commercials that dominate Super Bowl Sunday aren't known for being highbrow. But come Sunday, when more than 100 million viewers are expected to tune into the Super Bowl, many of the ads won't be aimed at making people laugh, but to promote social change.

Empty Minneapolis storefronts turned into Super Bowl pop-ups

A bunch of new shops have opened in downtown Minneapolis skyways, but they will disappear next week. With the Super Bowl on Sunday, previously empty…
Marketers face crowded and restrictive Super Bowl scene

Marketers face crowded and restrictive Super Bowl scene

Marketers and their clients face restrictions in Super Bowl zone.
New boutique hotel slated near Mears Park in St. Paul

New boutique hotel slated near Mears Park in St. Paul

A Marriott Tribute hotel is being planned for downtown St. Paul.
With major venues booked up for Super Bowl events, planners got creative

With major venues booked up for Super Bowl events, planners got creative

A historic mansion outside downtown Minneapolis could make the perfect venue for a Super Bowl soiree as long as event planners don’t mind that it…
Why did Twin Cities miss out on first cut for 2nd Amazon HQ?

Why did Twin Cities miss out on first cut for 2nd Amazon HQ?

Minneapolis-St. Paul was one of 238 that tried to become the second home for the retail giant. Amazon said it expects to make a final selection later this year.
Restaurants scrambling after Saint Agnes Baking Co. pulls plug on bread business

Restaurants scrambling after Saint Agnes Baking Co. pulls plug on bread business

Restaurant owners are especially worried about losing their vendor with little notice with the expected Super Bowl rush.
Treasure Island Center in old St. Paul Macy's has grand opening

Treasure Island Center in old St. Paul Macy's has grand opening

The old department store building has been completely redeveloped and includes a practice rink for the Wild.
Developer proposes 17-story residential tower in Edina, along with new art center

Developer proposes 17-story residential tower in Edina, along with new art center

The project would rise on a vacant site near Hwy. 100 and Vernon Avenue.
Two 22-story residential towers proposed near Lake Calhoun

Two 22-story residential towers proposed near Lake Calhoun

Developer wants to build largest residential project in Minneapolis in years.
Bridgewater Bank wants to move headquarters to St. Louis Park

Bridgewater Bank wants to move headquarters to St. Louis Park

Bloomington's Bridgewater is looking at St. Louis Park for its new headquarters.
Fifty South Sixth building fetches $258.5 million in sale

Fifty South Sixth building fetches $258.5 million in sale

Price is one of highest for a Twin Cities office building in recent years.
Marketing starts for a developer of St. Paul Ford site

Marketing starts for a developer of St. Paul Ford site

The site of the longtime assembly site in the Highland Park neighborhood has officially hit the market.
Networking is still the ultimate job-finding strategy

Networking is still the ultimate job-finding strategy

Job seekers shouldn't overlook the important of networking.
17-story apartment tower proposed for Guitar Center site in Edina

17-story apartment tower proposed for Guitar Center site in Edina

Developer proposes 17-story apartment tower aimed at older, wealthy people who have downsized from houses.

Will your Minnesota income tax change? Here's the brackets for 2018

The income limits will change by about 2 percent based on inflation.
Minneapolis weighs expanded billboard zone downtown for Super Bowl

Minneapolis weighs expanded billboard zone downtown for Super Bowl

Some see revenue opportunities while others see a rise in visual pollution.
As stores go dark, cities rethink aging shopping centers

As stores go dark, cities rethink aging shopping centers

The struggles lead officials and property owners to rethink long-held assumptions and priorities about shopping centers.
Gene Mady, owner of landmark bowling alley in Twin Cities, dies at 84

Gene Mady, owner of landmark bowling alley in Twin Cities, dies at 84

For 47 years, he owned Mady's Bowling Center. He cried in announcing its 2011 closure.
WeWork co-working provider opening another Minneapolis office in Uptown area

WeWork co-working provider opening another Minneapolis office in Uptown area

Shortly after it opened its first Twin Cities office, co-working provider WeWork has announced plans it will open another space in Minneapolis. WeWork signed a…
Minneapolis OKs dual-branded hotel for downtown

Minneapolis OKs dual-branded hotel for downtown

Minneapolis officials have given approval for developers to convert an existing office building in the downtown core into a 203-room, dual-branded Hilton Tru and Home2…
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.
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