RBC Plaza in downtown Minneapolis has officially opened its new tenant lounge in an underutilized retail space on its ground floor.

The 1,700-square-foot space was repurposed into a swanky meeting area complete with a pool table, wet bar, and beverage lockers for tenants to store alcohol or other drinks.

“We kind of took a cross between a lounge that you may see more with residential and tried to meld it with office,” said broker Mark Stevens, of Cushman & Wakefield, who manages office leasing at the complex.

The lounge was completed earlier this year right before the Super Bowl and was used for a client event, Stevens said. The lounge had most recently been vacant retail space that “just wasn’t working,” he said.

The space was designed by Shea Design and can be accessed via key card from the first floor lobby.

The RBC Plaza is made up of ground and skyway level retail space connected to a 40-floor office tower located on Nicollet Mall and 6th Street. In 2014, RBC Plaza went through a massive renovation to transform the former retail and food court space on the 3rd and 4th floors into the two-story atrium.

The 700,000-square-foot RBC Plaza is currently 97 percent full, but that could change if RBC Wealth Management decides to finalize plans to move out of the building and anchor the proposed United Properties development at the Nicollet Hotel Block a few blocks away.

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