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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
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.
Macy's developer to keep the skyways open

Macy's developer to keep the skyways open

601W Cos. might start renovations in February.
Minneapolis topped $1 billion in construction permits last year

Minneapolis topped $1 billion in construction permits last year

It's the fifth consecutive year city exceeded mark and the best tally since 2014's stadium-inflated total.
Macy's site rehab can prove challenge for developer and city

Macy's site rehab can prove challenge for developer and city

The departure of a giant department store creates a chance to update and modernize a city center. But it also creates risks, and even danger, as a large empty building goes untended.
Lack of diversity drives professionals of color out of Twin Cities

Lack of diversity drives professionals of color out of Twin Cities

A new survey showing weakness among Twin Cities employers in keeping professionals of color also suggests solutions.

Mortenson Development seeks more time for Guthrie Liner Parcel

Another developer has asked for more time to secure financing for a downtown Minneapolis project. Mortenson Development requested a six-month extension for its mixed-use project…
Buyer of Macy's Minneapolis store has history of sweeping up skyscrapers

Buyer of Macy's Minneapolis store has history of sweeping up skyscrapers

Firm 601W Cos. buys large city properties, renovates them and sells.
Minneapolis agency Haworth wins Wal-Mart media account

Minneapolis agency Haworth wins Wal-Mart media account

Mpls. takes on giant account after losing Target advertising business.
Investors buy the Commons Hotel at the U, add to chain of hotels near big schools

Investors buy the Commons Hotel at the U, add to chain of hotels near big schools

304-room building will get a college-themed decor.
United Properties seeks more time to raise money for tower on Nicollet Hotel Block

United Properties seeks more time to raise money for tower on Nicollet Hotel Block

"We remain confident that, given time, we will secure the necessary financial partners to develop this signature project for downtown Minneapolis," United spokeswoman Sheila Thelemann said.
Prime Therapeutics to stay in Eagan

Prime Therapeutics to stay in Eagan

The company is expected to consolidate some offices.
Bader Developer buys the Calhoun Apartment tower in Minneapolis

Bader Developer buys the Calhoun Apartment tower in Minneapolis

The Calhoun Towers apartment building in Minneapolis has changed hands. St. Louis Park-based Bader Development purchased the 21-story apartment tower located west of Lake Calhoun…
Great Wolf close to buying, renaming Water Park of America

Great Wolf close to buying, renaming Water Park of America

Company plans to take over, rebrand the Water Park of America and Radisson Hotel
Depot plans to grow event space in train shed

Depot plans to grow event space in train shed

A portion of the train shed that has been used for parking in downtown Minneapolis will be enclosed.
Wolves' Tyus Jones building his personal brand

Wolves' Tyus Jones building his personal brand

Morsekode is helping the NBA player and hometown kid to build long-term success as he starts his basketball career.
No bids for private riverfront site north of downtown Minneapolis

No bids for private riverfront site north of downtown Minneapolis

Park Board will reconsider strategy after developers fail to respond to request for proposals on Sherer Lumber site
Old Midway Stadium site opens as business center and industrial space

Old Midway Stadium site opens as business center and industrial space

Business center erected on the land of the old St. Paul Saints stadium.
Gophers' boycott would barely register in U's big-money athletic budget

Gophers' boycott would barely register in U's big-money athletic budget

While a bonus to the U, it is a relatively small one for an athletic program with an annual budget exceeding $70 million that chronically runs a deficit of several million dollars.
Former St. Paul Lunds & Byerlys finds new life as Ha Tien Supermarket

Former St. Paul Lunds & Byerlys finds new life as Ha Tien Supermarket

The East Side store appears to be one of the largest Asian markets in the Twin Cities, drawing shoppers near and far via Interstate 94.
Obituary: Charles "Chuck" Blixt helped establish the home inspection industry

Obituary: Charles "Chuck" Blixt helped establish the home inspection industry

Charles “Chuck” Blixt liked to uncover the story behind a house. Blixt was a pioneer in the home inspection industry and helped start the National…
Group critical of corporate giveaways ranks Amazon's tax breaks, including one in Shakopee

Group critical of corporate giveaways ranks Amazon's tax breaks, including one in Shakopee

The advocacy group says government should stop assisting the retail giant.
Oxman Luggage sold to make way for Holiday

Oxman Luggage sold to make way for Holiday

Oxman’s Twin City Luggage in northeast Minneapolis was sold earlier this month for $925,000 to make way for an expanded Holiday gas station and White…
United Properties is moving its headquarters to downtown Minneapolis

United Properties is moving its headquarters to downtown Minneapolis

The move from a Bloomington complex signifies how far the company has come in the past few years as it has diversified its business from its concentration on suburban office park development.
Restaurateur has renovation proposal for historic North Loop building

Restaurateur has renovation proposal for historic North Loop building

One of the oldest buildings in the North Loop's historic district could become a mixed-use office and possible restaurant space after years of disrepair.
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.
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