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Nicole Norfleet

Reporter | Commercial real estate
Phone: 612-673-4495

Nicole Norfleet covers the fast-paced retail scene including industry giants Target and Best Buy. She previously covered commercial real estate and professional services.

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
Omar Ishrak, former CEO of Medtronic and current chairman of Intel and Compute Health Acquisition Corp. (Provided by Medtronic)

Former Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak leads health care company seeking $750M IPO

Medtronic has expressed an interest in buying 1.5 million of shares being offered in the IPO of Compute Health Acquisition Corp.
The shelves are stocked and ready ahead of Good Grocer’s Friday grand opening.

Good Grocer to reopen volunteer-powered grocery store in south Minneapolis

After being closed since 2018, the Good Grocer is set to reopen on Nicollet Avenue.
Shoppers in the Christopher & Banks store on Black Friday 2019 at the Mall of America in Bloomington. (SHARI L. GROSS/

Plymouth-based Christopher & Banks files for bankruptcy protection

The women's apparel chain said its sales plummeted during the pandemic.
A Target employee places a curbside pickup purchase into the trunk of a customer in Jackson, Miss., in November. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Target has blockbuster holiday season as sales surged 17%

Comparable sales — including a 4% increase in same-store sales and a doubling of online sales— jumped during the busy November and December months.
Packages passed down a conveyor belt before receiving a shipping label at Amazon in Shakopee during the holiday season. (ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Star Tribune)

Online holiday spending increases 32%, sets record

Higher sales likely to keep up into early part of year.
People walked past several empty storefronts at the Burnsville Center Thursday.

New Burnsville Center owner with checkered past optimistic about mall's future

Mike Kohan sees new chances for the mall, which was regaining traffic before COVID.
Cloud Island infant sleepers are being recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (Provided by CPSC)

Target recalls Cloud Island baby clothes, Cat & Jack swimsuits

The items have snaps that could come loose or break off and cause hazards, according to federal consumer watchdog group.
Shoppers during Black Friday at the Mall of America Friday in Bloomington. (DAVID JOLES/

Mall of America no longer delinquent on its $1.4B mortgage

The mall's owner has worked out a deal that modified terms of the loan because of the pandemic.
A commuter waits for a bus by Target's corporate headquarters along South 11th Street in March. (DAVID JOLES/

Target to sell online beauty firm Dermstore for $350M

United Kingdom company THG Holdings will be the new owner.
Jessica Winnie with items she distributes through MN Black Box.

This Twin Cities business gives Black-owned products a platform

After founding support networks, Jessica Winnie now is showcasing products in MN Black Box.
Jeff Pedro delivered mail and packages Wednesday morning on his route in the St. Paul neighborhood of Dayton’s Bluff. Pedro said he has delivered mo

Minnesota delivery workers feeling Christmas crush of online orders

Christmas crunch this year is not at stores but rather on doorsteps as giving gifts goes online during pandemic.
A new rapid COVID-19 test site has opened at the Mall of America. On Friday, those with appointments were able to drive through to the mall’s far no

Rapid COVID-19 tests offered at Mall of America

Results of the $99 tests are available the same day, often within 30 minutes.
Best Buy will offer one-day delivery on thousands of items. (Dreamstime/TNS)  ORG XMIT: 1467931 ORG XMIT: MIN1910221052144589

Best Buy tests remodeled stores during busy holiday season

The Richfield retailer has several ongoing fulfillment pilots including a handful of redesigned Twin Cities stores.
Victim in Rosemount house fire was a longtime truck driver

Victim in Rosemount house fire was a longtime truck driver

A 46-year-old man was identified as the victim of a fatal Rosemount fire.Gene A. Spurzem died Dec. 4, a couple of days after a house…
Shoppers in the Christopher & Banks store on Black Friday 2019 at the Mall of America in Bloomington. (SHARI L. GROSS/Star Tribune)

Plymouth-based Christopher & Banks considering sale or bankruptcy

Struggling before the pandemic, the women's clothing chain might not be able to recover from the dip in sales this year.
(Jessica Pettway/The New York Times)

Target joins other retailers, grocers in accusing chicken suppliers of price fixing

The Mpls. retailer joins others in a federal action alleging inflating of prices.