Over 1,000 hotel rooms added in Minneapolis this year

In anticipation of next year’s Super Bowl visitors, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal is reporting that Minneapolis alone has added 1,000 rooms with new hotels this year, and more coming.   The Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel renovated and added 110 more rooms for a total of 312, the Radisson Red opened with 164 rooms, and the Embassy Suites by Hilton opened with 290 rooms.  The Hewing Hotel with 124 rooms and the AC Hotel Minneapolis Downtown with 245 rooms will both open this fall.   Meanwhile, United Properties is working on a Four Seasons hotel for its Nicollet Hotel project, Sherman Associates are planning another hotel in the Thresher Square project and Graves is pitching a Marriott Moxy hotel plan.

It’s 5:00 somewhere, right??


So time for a margarita – and the Mall of America now has the place to get it.   Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant opened today at MOA.  This 315 seat restaurant and bar in nearly 10,000 square feet will their first foray into Minnesota.  The restaurant includes the 5 o’clock Somewhere Bar and the Porch of Indecision dining room that opens into the mall, serving casual food and signature drinks.

David Crabtree, President/CEO for the parent company of International Meal Company U.S. says, “Margaritaville is all about treating yourself to great food and drinks while enjoying great music and escaping reality.”  Ok – we’re there!

More Kmarts bite the dust


Kmart will close 64 stores in December, two of which are in Minnesota, West St. Paul and Moorhead.  Back in 2012 they had 1,300 stores, and with this latest round of closures will be down to approximately 800.  More to follow, for sure.

Here’s the entire list of stores:

  • Kmart #3706: Wytheville, VA
  • Kmart #3754: Martinsville, VA
  • Kmart #3044: Lawton, OK
  • Kmart #3180: Merrillville, IN
  • Kmart #3241: Springfield, IL
  • Kmart #3320: Houma, LA
  • Kmart #3328: New Lenox, IL
  • Kmart #3355: Panama City, FL
  • Kmart #3359: Gardendale, AL
  • Kmart #3521: Binghamton, NY
  • Kmart #3556: Elkhart, IN
  • Kmart #3594: Chicago, IL
  • Kmart #3644: Nashville, TN
  • Kmart #3695: Sierra Vista, AZ
  • Kmart #3814: Kearney, NE
  • Kmart #4066: Jackson, MI
  • Kmart #4095: Joliet, IL
  • Kmart #4135: Augusta, GA
  • Kmart #4162: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Kmart #4175: Canton, OH
  • Kmart #4176: Cheektowaga, NY
  • Kmart #4439: Yakima, WA
  • Kmart #4700: Fenton, MI
  • Kmart #4717: Oak Ridge, TN
  • Kmart #4739: Clarksville, TN
  • Kmart #4772: Burnham, PA
  • Kmart #4781: Macomb, IL
  • Kmart #4837: Riverton, WY
  • Kmart #4845: Manistee, MI
  • Kmart #4851: Byron Center, MI
  • Kmart #4910: Mentor, OH
  • Kmart #4917: Thornton, CO
  • Kmart #4961: Burlington, NC
  • Kmart #4970: Memphis, TN
  • Kmart #4972: Lubbock, TX
  • Kmart #4984: Tinley Park, IL
  • Kmart #7024: Scottsbluff, NE
  • Kmart #7061: New Iberia, LA
  • Kmart #7077: Harlingen, TX
  • Kmart #7174: Pikeville, KY
  • Kmart #7205: Grand Rapids, MI
  • Kmart #7216: Moorhead, MN
  • Kmart #7306: Sioux Falls, SD
  • Kmart #7356: Jonesboro, AR
  • Kmart #7412: West Valley City, UT
  • Kmart #7478: Waipahu, HI
  • Kmart #7551: Indio, CA
  • Kmart #7560: Craig, CO
  • Kmart #7587: Fontana, CA
  • Kmart #7625: Los Angeles, CA
  • Kmart #7642: Natchez, MS
  • Kmart #7718: Hixson, TN
  • Kmart #7733: Alpena, MI
  • Kmart #7755: Deming, NM
  • Kmart #7775: Lafayette, IN
  • Kmart #7795: Abilene, TX
  • Kmart #9129: Mount Airy, NC
  • Kmart #9146: Great Barrington, MA
  • Kmart #9397: West Saint Paul, MN
  • Kmart #9571: Cullman, AL
  • Kmart #9586: Sault Saint Marie, MI
  • Kmart #9623: Springdale, AR
  • Kmart #9728: Smyrna, TN
  • Kmart #9751: Cody, WY

Fresh Thyme #5 Opens

Fresh Thyme

Fresh Thyme opened in Plymouth on Wednesday at the corner of Highway 55 and Vicksburg.  This new center developed by Oppidan includes Goodwill that opened last month, and a Starbucks under construction.   As was true at their previous openings, one of their first day promotions is a free give-away of a bag of groceries to the first 250 customers when the door opens at 7:00.   The first customer showed up at the Plymouth store at 2:30 in the morning to be first in line!  More Fresh Thymes coming:  Waite Park is next up, followed by St. Louis Park and Prospect Park.  Fresh Thyme is represented by Roger Lanahan of Cambridge Commercial.

IDS gets Nordstrom Rack


Nordstrom continues to expand their Rack format here in Minnesota with a new 40,000 sf location planned for the IDS Center.  NR will take over the space on the Crystal Court formerly occupied by Gap, plus some additional space in the basement level.  The store is projected to open in the fall of 2017.  Andrea Christenson of Cushman & Wakefield NorthMarq represents IDS, Mike Sims of Mid-America represents NR. 


Woodbury finally gets their Costco

Costco logo

It looks like Costco will finally get to add to their base of six retail stores here in the Twin Cities with a new location in Woodbury – finally!  They have been working for years on a 31 acre site in Woodbury near I494 and Tamarack Road.  Costco has submitted plans for a 165,000 sf store, including a liquor store, gas station and tire store, for review by the Woodbury City Council in September.  No word yet on when they could start construction or open.