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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
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…
Entertainment complex near Target Field would include Fillmore music theater

Entertainment complex near Target Field would include Fillmore music theater

The North Loop complex would be named for the famed rock venue in San Francisco.
Office renovations pick up in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul

Office renovations pick up in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul

Several Twin Cities projects are underway, seeking to adapt to the industry's latest trends.
Cray moves in as first tenant of 10-story Mall of America office building

Cray moves in as first tenant of 10-story Mall of America office building

Cray is the first tenant to occupy the Offices at MOA, a 10-story office building next to the JW Marriott hotel at the mall.
Redesigned Marquette Hotel in Mpls. is now part of Curio Collection by Hilton

Redesigned Marquette Hotel in Mpls. is now part of Curio Collection by Hilton

Hilton puts $25 million into upgrades, including restaurant called Jacques.
Consulting firm finds niche helping web developers overcome obstacles for physically disabled

Consulting firm finds niche helping web developers overcome obstacles for physically disabled

A new Minneapolis consulting group is helping clients make their websites accessible to those with disabilities
Ex-Macy's in Mpls. might get food hall, retailers new to Twin Cities

Ex-Macy's in Mpls. might get food hall, retailers new to Twin Cities

The former Macy's store in downtown Minneapolis could possibly get a food hall and new-to-market retailers as more details and another partner — Mid-America Real Estate Minnesota — emerged Wednesday in the makeover.

South Dakota construction company accused of relying on foreign workers over locals at Minnesota project

State union said the company has a record of exploiting a federal visa program for temporary foreign employees.
Two condo towers could rise across from Southdale, Galleria in Edina

Two condo towers could rise across from Southdale, Galleria in Edina

The 20- and 24-story towers will transform the look of France Avenue near Southdale.
Plan for video bank teller bumps into Mpls. ATM laws

Plan for video bank teller bumps into Mpls. ATM laws

Bank of America wants to open an unstaffed branch, but Minneapolis argues it would violate ATM ordinances.

Business travel company Carlson Wagonlit Travel focuses on digital

It is using digital channels to improve the experience for business-trip clients.
New owner of Arctic Cat to shutter North Loop headquarters

New owner of Arctic Cat to shutter North Loop headquarters

The move to the hip downtown Minneapolis neighborhood was meant to increase the firm's visibility.
Canadian firm buys majority stake in Peanuts in $345M deal

Canadian firm buys majority stake in Peanuts in $345M deal

The Peanuts brand, which includes the animated Charlie Brown and Snoopy characters who came to life in Minnesota, will soon be under a different corporate umbrella.
8-story MoZaic East offices to move ahead in Uptown without tenant locked down

8-story MoZaic East offices to move ahead in Uptown without tenant locked down

It has a possible tenant with "significant interest."
Former U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger to join Minneapolis office of Jones Day

Former U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger to join Minneapolis office of Jones Day

The former U.S. attorney will lead white-collar defense practice for Jones Day in the Twin Cities

Carlson Hotels and Rezidor Hotel Group make leadership changes

The new CEO of Carlson Hotels is heading to Rezidor, while another HNA exec steps in.
Uponor plans $17 million Apple Valley expansion

Uponor plans $17 million Apple Valley expansion

The new annex is in addition to the large addition that the plumbing pipe maker completed last year.
United Properties gets another extension for $350M tower on Nicollet Mall

United Properties gets another extension for $350M tower on Nicollet Mall

United Properties has paid Minneapolis $100K to hold the deal as it seeks funding.
Thor Cos. moves beyond general contracting into full-service provider

Thor Cos. moves beyond general contracting into full-service provider

The state's largest minority-owned business is turning itself into a one-stop shop
Mortenson announces first building in makeover of downtown Rochester

Mortenson announces first building in makeover of downtown Rochester

The building will be used for life science research.
Lander Group wants to remake area around 38th Street light-rail station in south Minneapolis

Lander Group wants to remake area around 38th Street light-rail station in south Minneapolis

According to documents filed with city planners, it is planning a three-building, mixed-use project.
Minneapolis advertising agency Space150 promotes new president

Minneapolis advertising agency Space150 promotes new president

Dutch Thalhuber, the firm's chief operating officer, steps into a bigger role.
Radio adapts to changing times, even in the digital age

Radio adapts to changing times, even in the digital age

A Minneapolis marketing agency is using innovative digital tools to better place and analyze performance of radio spots.
New law firm formed — Parker Daniels Kibort

New law firm formed — Parker Daniels Kibort

Andrew Parker launches his third firm in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota added 5,300 jobs in March; jobless rate dips to 3.8 percent

Minnesota's annual job growth rate inched ahead of nation's for first time since July 2014.
Edina approves major 50th & France retail, housing, parking additions

Edina approves major 50th & France retail, housing, parking additions

Plans for more housing, retail and parking were approved by the City Council on Tuesday night.
Toro's new lawn mower makes switching directions easier

Toro's new lawn mower makes switching directions easier

After spending hours observing Twin Citians trim their grass, Toro's leaders came to realize a little-discussed landscaping fact: People actually spend a lot of time mowing their grass backward.
Florida law firm Kluger Kaplan opens Minneapolis office

Florida law firm Kluger Kaplan opens Minneapolis office

Kluger Kaplan said it views the Twin Cities as an "underserved market." Daniel Rosen, Minneapolis attorney known for eminent domain work, will lead office.
Ryan Cos. opens in new Millwright office building in downtown Minneapolis

Ryan Cos. opens in new Millwright office building in downtown Minneapolis

The Millwright office building is Ryan Cos.' latest addition to Downtown East.
Ecolab selling downtown St. Paul tower that once housed its HQ

Ecolab selling downtown St. Paul tower that once housed its HQ

PAK Properties plans to renovate the downtown St. Paul tower into "modern office space."
Minneapolis ad agency Carmichael Lynch names Julie Batliner its new president

Minneapolis ad agency Carmichael Lynch names Julie Batliner its new president

The firm promoted its head of public relations to the post.

Developers buy site near downtown Mpls. for $15.8M, plan apt. tower

The developers will build an apartment tower on what is now a surface parking lot.
Robotic software sweeping large accounting firms and clients

Robotic software sweeping large accounting firms and clients

Robotic software can be a faster, cheaper and often more accurate option.
Plan for Rainbow site includes charter school

Plan for Rainbow site includes charter school

Drop-offs could soon be very different at the former Rainbow Foods store on East Lake Street in Minneapolis.
Mayo Clinic Square in Minneapolis sells for $98 million

Mayo Clinic Square in Minneapolis sells for $98 million

Mayo Clinic Square, once known as Block E, snatched up for $98M.
Obituary: PR man Bob Goff, promoter of Minnesotans and DFL politics, dies at 80

Obituary: PR man Bob Goff, promoter of Minnesotans and DFL politics, dies at 80

Bob Goff partnered with Nick Coleman to build one of Minnesota's first PR firms.

Black Retail, a Minneapolis marketing consulting firm, opens office in London

The Minneapolis marketing agency goes to London to study international retail trends.
Coffee bars in the office, after-work beer not just for tech firms anymore

Coffee bars in the office, after-work beer not just for tech firms anymore

More and more industrial firms in the Twin Cities are providing the new perks as they build or remodel production facilities and warehouses.

Twin Cities law firms embrace ideas from factories to lower costs, improve efficiency

There's a local and national shift to apply business management principles traditionally used in manufacturing to law firms as clients push for more efficient legal services.

Carlson Rezidor Group reports more hotel openings but flat revenue

The impact of the flurry of openings in North America was offset by operations in Europe.
At new Bell Museum, designers turn to a new process to make building look natural

At new Bell Museum, designers turn to a new process to make building look natural

The new $79 million Bell Museum + Planetarium has siding of local white pine that has been installed to last
Restoration Hardware unveils plans for new four-story showroom, cafe in Edina

Restoration Hardware unveils plans for new four-story showroom, cafe in Edina

The store will be built in the southwest corner of Southdale Center.
Minneapolis advertising agency Carmichael Lynch names new CEO

Minneapolis advertising agency Carmichael Lynch names new CEO

Marcus Fischer, its president since 2013, will lead firm as it continues to expand.
Twin Cities office leasing market appears healthy despite numbers

Twin Cities office leasing market appears healthy despite numbers

Habits of Twin Cities tenants are evolving, forcing the industry to adapt to new landscape
Progressive view on brewing, liquor taking hold in Minnesota, biz expert says

Progressive view on brewing, liquor taking hold in Minnesota, biz expert says

Beer is Scott Ebert’s business. As the head of the “beverages practice” at accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly, Ebert has developed a knack for…

Just listed: Ironclad hotel, apartment project approved by city of Minneapolis

The Ironclad mixed-use project, which includes a Marriott Moxy hotel on Washington Avenue near U.S. Bank Stadium, was given the green light by the city…
New Minneapolis Macy's property owner selects United Properties, other local partners

New Minneapolis Macy's property owner selects United Properties, other local partners

United Properties will lead the work and become a part-owner of the complex.
Downtown Minneapolis Macy's store sells for $59 million

Downtown Minneapolis Macy's store sells for $59 million

The selling price on the Macy’s store in downtown Minneapolis was $59 million in cash. Macy’s Inc. said Wednesday it completed the sale to 601W…
Macy's in downtown St. Paul to be renamed Treasure Island Center

Macy's in downtown St. Paul to be renamed Treasure Island Center

Treasure Island Resort and Casino has entered an agreement for naming rights for the redeveloped building
Tria will sponsor Wild practice rink in downtown St. Paul

Tria will sponsor Wild practice rink in downtown St. Paul

Orthopedic group will open clinic in old Macy's building in St. Paul.
Jack Link's looks to broaden appeal of jerky with new products, marketing, space

Jack Link's looks to broaden appeal of jerky with new products, marketing, space

To broaden its image and attract new customers, Jack Link's has begun to expand product lines, shift marketing and open a new showroom and office in downtown Minneapolis near Target Center.
North Loop's Hillman building, built in 1884, to be renovated

North Loop's Hillman building, built in 1884, to be renovated

More retail and creative office space is planned for the North Loop in Minneapolis. St. Louis Park-based developer Paster Properties, along with the Urban Anthology…

St. Paul railroad building to be converted into event center

Chimneys at Energy Park will become event center.
With Nicollet Mall in limbo, downtown rallies to save retail

With Nicollet Mall in limbo, downtown rallies to save retail

Amid high rents and big departures, some hope to save downtown Minneapolis shopping.

Buffalo Wild Wings takes 'blame' for Super Bowl surprises

Super Bowl drama a perfect fit for Buffalo Wild Wings' TV ads about influencing live sporting events.
Minneapolis marketers already preparing for next Super Bowl

Minneapolis marketers already preparing for next Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest marketing events anywhere, but it's a challenging one.
In Super Bowl ad, Buffalo Wild Wings claims it was behind Favre's interceptions

In Super Bowl ad, Buffalo Wild Wings claims it was behind Favre's interceptions

Two Men-In-Black type characters show Brett Favre video evidence of a force taking control of his passes in midair.
Minneapolis' Depot Ice Rink to close in March for renovation into event space

Minneapolis' Depot Ice Rink to close in March for renovation into event space

As a tribute to its nearly 20-year history, the rink will have expanded hours and offer free coffee and hot chocolate on weekdays before it closes on March 11.
Macy's sued by jilted buyer of downtown Minneapolis property

Macy's sued by jilted buyer of downtown Minneapolis property

City Center Realty alleges that it was strung along before Macy's sold its downtown Minneapolis store to someone else.
Old jail site in St. Paul being eyed for 5-star hotel after $17M teardown

Old jail site in St. Paul being eyed for 5-star hotel after $17M teardown

The site where inmates used to be jailed along the riverfront in downtown St. Paul may be transformed into a five-star hotel, according to recently…
New owner of Carlson Hotels appoints new CEO, board member

New owner of Carlson Hotels appoints new CEO, board member

HNA makes its first moves to reshape the Minnesota-based owner of Radisson hotels.
In heart of North Loop, a new office building becomes architectural attraction

In heart of North Loop, a new office building becomes architectural attraction

The North Loop’s makeover in the past 20 years has given new life to brick-and-timber warehouses that once housed factories, car and implement dealers and…
Twin Cities housing market expected to tighten more in 2017

Twin Cities housing market expected to tighten more in 2017

St. Thomas real estate experts forecast 5 percent jump in median home prices.
Vacancies tight in Twin Cities industrial buildings

Vacancies tight in Twin Cities industrial buildings

The vacancy rate for industrial buildings in the Twin Cities dropped last year to 6.9 percent, the lowest it has been in more than a…
AC Hotel set to open next month near Mall of America

AC Hotel set to open next month near Mall of America

The 148-room hotel will be just east of the megamall.
A sign of the times: St. Paul sign painter keeps craft alive

A sign of the times: St. Paul sign painter keeps craft alive

A young St. Paul craftsman keeps alive the family tradition of sign painting (yes, such a job still exists).
Amazon takes office space in T3 building in North Loop

Amazon takes office space in T3 building in North Loop

All-wood structure near Target Field has superior internet connectivity.

Mortenson selects design team for Destination Medical Center's Discovery Square in Rochester

M.A. Mortenson Co. selected the design team that will work on the first phase of development of Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Square in downtown Rochester.…

Cub-anchored shopping centers sold for nearly $53 million

Three shopping centers that are anchored by Cub Foods grocery stores have recently been sold in the Twin Cities. Florida-based Sterling Organization said last week…
Water Park of America to close by end of January, reopen in November

Water Park of America to close by end of January, reopen in November

Great Wolf Resorts Inc. is buying the water park and connected hotel and plans to rebrand the complex as a Great Wolf Lodge.
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