A small health clinic will soon fill prime retail space recently vacated by Saks Off Fifth in downtown Minneapolis. 

North Memorial Health Care is opening a primary care facility at 655 Nicollet Mall in November, according to Bloomington-based United Properties and its Minneapolis-based joint venture partner Capital Real Estate, Inc. This will be North Memorial's sixteenth primary-care clinic location in the Twin Cities Metro. 

In December, United Properties bought 50,000 square feet of retail space in Gaviidae Common from New York-based Nightingale Properties that was previously occupied by Saks. United immediately leased 38,000 square feet to Walgreens on the ground floor and skyway-level. The Deerfield-Ill.-based pharmacy chain plans to buildout its first upscale store format in Minnesota on the site, slated to open in September.

Saks announced in January that it plans to reopen a new Saks Off Fifth store across the street at City Center in April 2016.

North Memorial will occupy 8,000 square feet of space on the skyway-level and will offer advanced imaging, mammography, podiatry and lab services -- and walk-in appointments. The lease was signed in April and the deal announced Monday.

“We are thrilled to expand access to North Memorial Health Care's primary care services into downtown Minneapolis,” said Kelly Macken-Marble, North Memorial Health Care president of population health and ambulatory services, in a news release. “With this new location we are bringing the North Memorial care that this community has come to trust and value close to where they live and work.”

Gaviidae Common entrance (Star Tribune file photo, February 2013)


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