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Nicole Norfleet

Reporter | Commercial real estate
Phone: 612-673-4495
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Nicole Norfleet covers commercial real estate along with professional services, including the Twin Cities' thriving marketing, accounting, and legal communities. 

Norfleet 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. She is originally from the East Coast, but now calls the East Side of St. Paul home. Norfleet and her partner Liz have one tabby son named Max and enjoy craft beer, Korean dramas and camping with family. She is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Recent content from Nicole Norfleet
The entrance to Mall of America's new wing.

Mall of America confirms it is not making full mortgage payments, citing COVID-19

The mall said it's not been able to tap federal aid programs to fill an 85% decline in revenue.
Perkins + Will senior project architect Doug Pierce.

LEED, other building certification systems, look to adjust to COVID-19 era

Building standards such as LEED, RELi and WELL are piloting tweaks to respond to the coronavirus spread.
Izzy's Ice Cream is selling its production facility and Minneapolis ice cream shop.Image courtesy Colliers International

Izzy's Ice Cream selling HQ, but co-founder vows to save the business

The listing of the building near Gold Medal Park follows the permanent closure of the Izzy's outlet in St. Paul.
Rena Rasmussen, community manager at co-working office Wellworth, cleaned out coffee makers.

Twin Cities co-working spaces to redefine shared offices as they prepare for workers

Co-working operators have their work cut out but see promise as they move to make their offices safe.
Stacy Brandberg, left, Liz Olberding and Natasha Fonville of Atmosphere Commercial Interiors.

Employers in Twin Cities rethink office design: 'We are too close'

Companies are rushing to readjust their office designs as they prepare to reopen, putting aside flashy office amenities to focus on employee safety.
Twin Cities Magic & Costume owner Jim Berg's landlord said he would be flexible if Berg couldn’t pay the rent on his West St. Paul store.

With shops shuttered, Twin Cities tenants and landlords search for rent solutions

As retail tenants have struggled to pay rent, many say landlords are being flexible to accommodate.
Theresa Shrader, right, worked with Liz and Kyle Meyers in the Lakeville HOM Furniture store. Liz and Kyle just moved to Minneapolis from out of state

For many Minnesota businesses, extended stay-at-home order extends unease

Many business owners in industries from hair salons to restaurants and fitness centers want to know when they can fully open and what they need to do before that date.
Harley Lebrón, with his 8-month-old Gia, was greeted by a line of community members during an open house at the Polaris manufacturing plant in Roseau

Polaris posts first quarter loss on declining sales as COVID-19 takes hold

The power sports vehicle maker's stock rose in early trading despite first quarter earnings that fell well short of estimates.
For University of Minnesota junior Audrey Showers, the cancellation of her summer internship as a sales intern at Toro means far less real-world exper

Pandemic upends promising internships for college students

Companies have suspended programs or switched to remote formats, changing a rite of summer.
“Minnesotans need to be just as vigilant about protecting their pocketbooks from scammers as they are about keeping themselves and their communities

Minnesotans warned: Virus creates 'perfect storm for scam activity'

Unease during pandemic provides a "perfect storm" for preying on consumers.
Kristi Hertz of St. Louis Park is one of more than 480,000 Minnesotans who found herself out of work after the coronavirus caused an unprecedented eco

Suddenly unemployed, worried Minnesotans are left scrambling

Here's just one sign of the toll: Of the more than 482,000 Minnesotans who have scrambled to apply for unemployment benefits since March 16, 400,000-plus of those applications are new accounts.
Experiential marketing agency Street Factory Media has began to build kiosks for restaurants and other retailers.

Minnesota's marketers change tone, halt advertising in response to pandemic

Many ad agencies have seen business decline and dramatic change in messaging due to COVID-19.
Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
Photo courtesy Colorado Convention Center

Mortenson to pay $650,000 in Denver bid-rigging investigation

Pact includes $650,000 payment and donation of virus-related construction services.
Gary Holmes, president and CEO of CSM Corp.

CSM sells industrial portfolio in largest Twin Cities real estate sale

It is the largest real estate deal in state history by square footage.
John Rupp and Stephanie Rupp had to close their Hotel 340 in St. Paul, but will be reopening to accommodate those needing longer-term housing.

Twin Cities hoteliers make room at their inns for first responders, homeless

As occupancy plunges, Twin Cities operators are repurposing their properties.
The Twins Box Office was shuttered Thursday evening, as a #STAYHOMEMN sign was digitally displayed above.

#StayHomeMN campaign off and running in days

Marketing campaign blankets state with PSAs on billboards, TV and social media.
Like other small store owners, Phoenix Market manager Tarig Mohamed is finding ways around virus challenges

Corner stores play essential role as Minnesotans cope with virus

Operators scramble to keep supplies coming and their employees safe.
Workers hung new signs on the the Dayton's Project on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Dayton's Project food hall and other retail opening delayed

The attractions had been scheduled to debut this spring, but will be delayed for an unknown period.
Precious Wallace an independent contractor worked from her home.

Rapid economic shutdown shocks self-employed, independent Minn. workers

Many independent contractors and freelancers are ineligible for unemployment compensation. Nearly one in five Americans work full-time in such jobs.
Tommy Stone, bar manager of the Moxy Hotel in Uptown, checked in from home while preparing his staff for temporary closure of the lobby bar.

Twin Cities hotel industry faced with plummeting demand

Hotels have high labor costs and large mortgages, which can make it difficult for owners to deal with extended periods of low occupancy.
Bradley Carr cleaned exercise equipment at Life Time Fitness with Purell surface disinfectant more frequently on surfaces around the club.

'It is with a heavy heart': Twin Cities businesses start to shut their doors

Local businesses are reassessing operating plans amid reports of the spread of COVID-19.
Life Time Work will move into three floors of the "Thirty" development.Rendering courtesy of Swervo Development

Life Time Work co-working space opening in downtown Minneapolis

Its third location, in the former YMCA building, is expected to open this fall.

Radisson Hotel Group appoints new CEO for Americas

Radisson Hotel Group has selected veteran Jim Alderman to serve as its new chief executive for the Americas. Alderman will be based in Minnetonka, the…
Bradley Carr cleaned exercise equipment at Life Time fitness club with Purell surface disinfectant more frequently on surfaces around the club.

Fitness providers, salons work to assure clients during outbreak

Spa and fitness club operators say they've seen little impact so far on use of their facilities.
Entrepreneur Chris Webley is working with partners to develop a century-old building into a gallery and food pop-up space, maker’s space and music v

New city loan program looks to help Minneapolis business owners take control of their properties

Most of the money is targeted to revitalize several cultural districts within the city that have been identified as in need of investment.
Jeremy Jacobs, managing director of brokerage for Colliers International MSP, at the company’s downtown Minneapolis office, which is still under con

Colliers International's growth plan includes a pair of office moves

The commercial real estate firm sees opportunities in niche industries and around the state.
The lobby area of the Radisson Blu hotel in downtown Minneapolis is shown in this file photo from March 2018. (Photo by ANTHONY SOUFFLE •

Radisson Hotel Group takes precautions as hospitality industry braces for coronavirus

Company is waiving cancellation fees in heavily affected areas.
Social influencer Sarah Edwards is pictured walking through an art installation at Rosedale Center.

Rosedale Center to launch 10-day social influencer ShareSpace in former J. Crew store

Closed store space will offer social influencers and shoppers a place to interact with each other and brands.
Construction is underway on the 550-foot, 41-story Eleven tower, which will be Minneapolis’ tallest residential tower. (Provided photo)

Upscale condo tower yet to rise, but more than half of units sold

Prices start at $900,000 for the 118 condos at the 41-story Eleven tower on the Mississippi riverfront, which isn't expected to be completed until late next year.
The People of Color Career Fair that is held twice a year in the Twin Cities is a place where recent college graduates can meet recruiters.

What Minnesota college grads should know about the job search

Career counselors share their advice for how recent graduates can land their first jobs.
The skyline of downtown St. Paul seen from the Smith Avenue Bridge.

St. Paul could get flashy updates if riverfront projects take off

The skyline of downtown St. Paul, left relatively unaltered for more than 30 years, could see some flashy additions — if developers and public officials can navigate some significant hurdles.
Joe Mueller of St. Paul uses the eGym machines as part of his fitness routine.

St. Paul YMCA pilots Apple Watch Connected program for Ys across the country

The program allows members to use their Apple Watches to do everything from booking classes to tracking challenges.

St. Cloud-based Aria Communications bought by QCSS

The combined company will be able to offer expanded direct marketing services via phone, online and direct mail.
Actress Winona Ryder visited her home state of Minnesota to be filmed for a Super Bowl commercial.

Winona Ryder will highlight Winona, Minn., and small businesses in Super Bowl ad

Actress featured in Super Bowl ad highlighting small cities, one of many lighthearted, celebrity-driven spots.
Gamers from around the globe practiced Thursday at the Minnesota Røkkr headquarters in Eagan.

10,000 people expected for e-sports launch event in Minneapolis

The three-day Call of Duty League Launch Weekend will be the largest e-sports event so far in the Twin Cities.
The studio commons suites at the Element have full kitchens.

New Element hotel opens above Fillmore music venue in North Loop

The hotel is the first of Marriott International's extended-stay Element brand in the state.
The Nordic building in Minneapolis' North Loop.

West Monroe Partners to move into the nearly full Nordic building in North Loop

The move comes after the firm acquired digital-design and consulting firm GoKart Labs in October.
RBC Wealth Management’s U.S. Head of Advisor Recruiting & Field Marketing Kristen Kimmell (left) chats with Initiatives Manager Shevawn Jester durin

Minneapolis-based RBC Wealth Management presses to build diversity

RBC Wealth Management pushes for a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
Rosedale Center and Jones Lang LaSalle executives say the expansion planned for the old Herberger's site is also likely to stretch across a large port

Rosedale offers more details on the largest expansion in its history

The "lifestyle center" project will cost about $200 million, mall executives now say.
Dean Broadhead, CEO, and Beth Burgy, president, viewed the North Washington Avenue building where they will move their headquarters in June.

Mpls. ad firm stakes new ground with S.D.'s 'On It' anti-meth campaign

The largest independent marketing firm in Minneapolis looks to the future.
The new Element hotel has been sold.

New North Loop hotel sells to Duluth group before it even opens

United Properties, the developer, sold the Element hotel to Duluth-based Lion Hotel Group.
Tommy Thompson

Thomas Thompson, former Minneapolis city coordinator, dies at 94

Thompson served as the "city's own master builder," promoting the creation of many of the landmarks that define the City of Lakes.
Dominium is moving its corporate offices to Crest Ridge Corporate Center in Minnetonka.

Affordable-housing developer Dominium moving offices to Minnetonka

Dominium had outgrown its space in Plymouth.
Holl Studio owner Michael Casler worked at his custom cabinetry office in the Wycliff building.

Remade Fisher Nut Co. showcases development in St. Paul's Midway

St. Paul's newly renovated Wycliff industrial building is the sort of project that is making the Midway the Twin Cities' next hot area for commercial development, with space for builders and makers.
Lauren Scott, right, who does marketing at Qumu Corp, talked with her mentor Lauren Akin, left, an associate media director at Fitzco-Compasspoint.

MPLS MadWomen refocusing on mentoring

Nonprofit has shifted its focus to connecting women in the creative fields with mentors.
The Cray Plaza surrounded by the twin Galtier towers in Lowertown St. Paul.

Cray Plaza in St. Paul's Lowertown sold with plans to convert offices to apartments

Bigos Management, which owns two nearby apartment towers, buys struggling St. Paul building.
Ben Hanson of MinnMax, a crowdfunded review and commentary site for gaming, hosted a game night and meetup at Bauhaus Brew Labs in Minneapolis.

Game Informer expatriates start crowdfunded website with game reviews

MinnMax offers weekly video podcasts on game industry news, providing an entertaining outlet for serious — and sometimes not so serious — discussion of the gaming industry.
The Xcel Energy corporate headquarters, located at 401 Nicollet Mall, has just sold.
Photo courtesy CBRE

Two downtown Mpls. office buildings sell for nearly $170 million

The Xcel Energy headquarters and the 510 Marquette building have sold.
The former Regis headquarters in Edina has been sold.

Former Regis Corp. offices in Edina sell for $9.6 million

San Francisco-based real estate firm plans to renovate property.
Matt Marsh will take over in January as managing partner of Deloitte in Minneapolis.

Deloitte names firm veteran as managing partner of Minneapolis office

Matt Marsh has worked at Deloitte his whole career,
DJR designed an artificial island called the Sea Flower that could boast a casino and hotel, water park, and numerous condos and villas.

How Minnesota firms ended up as leaders of an East African country's redevelopment efforts

Inspired by a wedding, Minneapolis firm DJR has designed cultural elements into public projects in the emerging East African country.
Life Time is proposing to build an apartment tower at the former Herberger’s department store at Southdale Center.

Life Time CEO says luxurious new club at Southdale is just the beginning

Company plans expansion into apartments, mall development and hotels.
The North Loop Galley at the Nordic in Minneapolis. The new mixed-use building is nearly completed in the North Loop.

Nordic office building aspires to be 'the living room of the North Loop'

Most of the amenities at the newly built North Loop development the Nordic are geared to appeal not only to its office tenants but also to neighborhood residents.
“The coolest project our retail group is working on right now is the continued renovation and repositioning of Rosedale Center,” said Brent Robert

Local leader for JLL talks about commercial real estate outlook for Twin Cities

"I'm selling Minneapolis-St. Paul more today than ever," Brent Robertson says.
The interior of the the James J. Hill Center in downtown St. Paul. The building has been listed for sale. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.

Historic James J. Hill Center in St. Paul is for sale

Closed since midsummer, the century-old landmark faces an uncertain futureTurning a page: Hill Library for sale
Mauritz A. “Mort” Mortenson Jr.

'Mort' Mortenson Jr., who built family firm into construction giant, dies

Under his leadership, Mortenson became the 16th-largest contractor in U.S.
Real estate broker and entrepreneur Rob Clapp, a co-founder of Can Can Wonderland, envisions an interactive artistic park in vacant Hamm’s Brewery b

Can Can Wonderland co-founder has whimsical vision for Hamm's Brewery

Ron Clapp's idea is to transform the vacant buildings into an interactive art museum, entertainment center and creative playground.
Jeffrey Weidell, left, is taking the helm of NorthMarq. He gave an overview of the company with Jeff Erxleben, executive vice president/regional manag

New CEO of Pohlad Cos.' real estate finance company on industry trends, Twin Cities allure

NorthMarq will get a new leader early next year, though he will be a familiar face.
Gilmore Harris has died at age 50.

Gilmore Harris, 'mayor of the airport,' dies at 50

Gilmore Harris was known not only for his sequined jackets and shimmering pants but also for his knack for making strangers feel uplifted and welcomed.
Lathrop Gage Managing Partner Cameron Garrison (left) and Gray Plant Mooty Managing Officer Michael Sullivan Jr. (right) will help lead their firms' m

Minneapolis law firm Gray Plant Mooty to merge with K.C. firm

The newly formed Lathrop GPM LLP will combine lawyers from nine states.
Members of Minnesota Røkkr will practice in this scrimmage room, shown in an architectural rendering, in an e-sports building now under construction

Vikings owners unveil e-sports team, the Minnesota Røkkr

New team will compete in "Call of Duty" gaming league with colors and logo that resemble the NFL team.

St. Cloud telemarketing company might lay off 215 workers

The direct mail and telemarketing company cited shifting trends.
The closure of Ditech Financial's offices in Landmark Towers helped push downtown St. Paul's office vacancy rates to its highest level in a decade.

Office vacancy in downtown St. Paul exceeds 21%, highest in years

The closure of Ditech Financial cited as key factor in a decade-high rate of 21.1%.

Woodbury mixed-use development advances

Lupe Development project will replace motel, office space with medical building, restaurant, retail space.
Ryan Cos. and the Excelsior Group plan to break ground next week on the 10 West End office building in St. Louis Park.

Groundbreaking next week for 11-story office complex in St. Louis Park's West End

Ryan Cos. and Excelsior Group have secured financing for the project but have not yet signed tenants.
Construction continued in what will be the grand staircase and entrance to the Dayton's Project on Nicollet Mall.

Developers offer a peek at the progress inside former Dayton's

A new three-level retail atrium in the bottom floors signifies the recent progress at the former downtown department store, being rehabbed into a contemporary office and retail complex in a $214 million project.
Stan Davis

Stanley Davis, patriarch of Minnesota business family, dies at 100

He was remembered as a hard worker whose work ethic and the care he took cultivating and maintaining relationships with people were worthy of admiration.
Soona co-founders Liz Giorgi, left, and Hayley Anderson, center, assisted in the jewelry photo shoot with studio pro Andres Perez and client Aisha For

Minneapolis-based Soona creates digital content ASAP

New Minneapolis content studio allows businesses to get professional photos and videos of products within 24 hours.
The first phase of the Satori development along 800 block of W. Broadway Avenue would contain 112 units.

Apartment project again pushed for stretch of W. Broadway

Tim Baylor wants to build market-rate apartments in north Minneapolis.
United Properties has closed on the sale of the city parking lot where the Gateway mixed-use development will be built. Here, the asphalt lot is crumb

United Properties closes on $10.4M land sale for Gateway project in Mpls.

United Properties closes on sale to build RBC Gateway development with on-site work beginning this week.
Jamez Staples plans to redevelop a former north Minneapolis workforce center into a construction, energy and sustainability technologies training site

Green-tech training center in north Minneapolis stalls

Renewable Energy Partners founder is discouraged at delays in his green-tech education center.
Using a mannequin, Larry Lutz practiced putting on someone’s pants as instructor Kim Stender, right, led a training session for Right at Home.

Meet the Minnesota companies that have been voted Top Workplaces 10 years in a row

Companies say open communication and ensuring employees feel valued are keys to success.
Jim Jennings

Restaurant owner Jim Jennings dies at 95

Jim Jennings would routinely visit his restaurants to eat lunch, chat with regulars and exchange business ideas with his managers on the back of beverage…
“At the end of the day, there’s probably no power more effective than passion,” marketing whiz and former General Mills creative chief Michael F

Former General Mills creative chief shifts his focus to 'the art of inspiring anybody'

When it comes to spur creativity in a corporate environment, Michael Fanuele says there's probably no power more effective than passion.
Life Time Living Green Valley will be located outside of Las Vegas and feature 148 residences with the more than 200,000-square-foot Life Time Athleti

Life Time Living apartments to launch in several cities

About 900 initial residences tied to healthy living are planned in Las Vegas, Miami and Dallas.