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Amplifon will move 180 employees to 5th Street Towers

April 6, 2018

Global hearing aid distributor Amplifon will move its North American headquarters from Plymouth to downtown Minneapolis. They'll move 180 employees with plans to have 200 by the time they move in October or November.

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Hotel, apartments added to plan for new Thrivent HQ block

March 26, 2018

The Journal reports that Thrivent is proposing a new headquarters across the street from its current building, and Sherman Associates is also planning apartment and hotel developments on the same block.

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Hennepin Healthcare Opens New Downtown Clinic

March 17, 2018

The Hennepin Healthcare Clinic and Specialty Center, with more than 25 primary and specialty clinics, five same-day surgery suites and other outpatient services, opened its doors for tours before it begins taking patients on March 26.

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Former Dayton's store design takes shape in downtown Minneapolis

February 27, 2018

Via Star Tribune, deconstruction work has sparked tweaks in initial plans for historic building. The Datyon's Project will include new office space, food, retail and more.

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Downtown population grows by 6% as downtown workforce remains steady

February 12, 2018

The population of downtown Minneapolis has reached 43,456 and that growth isn’t showing any signs of stopping.

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YMCA opens new Nicollet facility at Gaviidae

January 31, 2018

Virtual reality fitness, a stainless-steel pool and aromatherapy are among the latest health trends that officials say will make it fun to stay at downtown’s new Douglas Dayton YMCA at Gaviidae.

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Parc boutique plans move to the North Loop

December 18, 2017

Parc will be one of the first tenants to move into a historic reuse project in the North Loop. Thao Nguyen, owner of the women’s boutique, said she will consolidate her Nicollet Island-East Bank and Edina locations into one shop in the Campbell-Logan Bindery building.

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Skyway bar, napping pods come with Fifth Street Towers renovation

November 27, 2017

Very little hasn’t been touched inside the 1.1 million-square-foot office towers in downtown Minneapolis where large screens and wood line the skyway level and an amenity floor offers the latest office comforts.

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WeWork opens in downtown Minneapolis

October 2, 2017

Co-working provider WeWork opens Monday in Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis adding to the already growing network of co-working offices in the Twin Cities.

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Fulton adds kitchen to North Loop taproom

September 29, 2017

The Minneapolis-based brewery has brought on Corner Table founder Scott Pampuch as an executive chef to lead a new kitchen at the North Loop taproom.

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Rand Tower Sold In Downtown Minneapolis

August 1, 2017

Rand Tower, a 26-story building located on the skyway in the heart of downtown, was sold on Tuesday, August 1. 

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Property Spotlight: Capella Tower

June 5, 2017

Get to know Capella Tower and its first-class facilities, comfortable surroundings, and convenient amenities. The building's interior and exterior spaces create an inviting and vibrant atmosphere. 

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Property Spotlight: LaSalle Plaza

May 15, 2017

Get to know LaSalle Plaza, a Class A property located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis adjacent to the city's thriving entertainment district on Hennepin Avenue. Learn more about how this property could be a great fit for your company.

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Property Spotlight: Fifth Street Towers

May 3, 2017

Get to know Fifth Street Towers, two 25-story buildings in the core of downtown that currently has space available and is undergoing a significant renovation. See how this space could be right for your business.

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Downtown's Largest Available Office Space Sites

May 1, 2017

See which office buildings in the downtown area could be right for you and your businesses. Here are a a few locations that currently have the largest vacancy space available.

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Nordstrom Rack To Open This September On Nicollet

April 26, 2017

Nordstrom Rack has an opening date for its new store at the IDS Center on Nicollet Mall. The popular retail shop will open its doors on September 7.

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Hop Cat will open in Nic on 5th building this summer

Hop Cat will open a restaurant at the corner of 5th and Nicollet, at the base of the Nic on 5th, this summer and will include 100 tap lines, 100 patio seats, their famous beer-battered "crack fries" and more.

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Target to re-invest $10M in Nicollet Mall Store

February 9, 2017

Target CEO Brian Cornell announced at the mpls downtown council's annual meeting the company will invest $10 million in major renovations at its downtown store.

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Mercury Dining Room & Rail Is New Downtown Hangout

January 18, 2017

Another great local food addition joined downtown Minneapolis' vast cuisine options as Mercury Dining Room and Rail opens at 5th and Marquette.

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United Properties Will Move Headquarters To Nicollet In 2017

December 8, 2016

United Properties announced it will move its headquarters from Bloomington in 2017 to Gaviidae Common on Nicollet Mall. They will join the YMCA, which is relocated to Gaviidae as well.

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Select Comfort Will Be Moving From Plymouth to Downtown Minneapolis

October 26, 2016

Select Comfort will consolidate two offices in Plymouth and move more than 900 employees to Downtown Minneapolis in October 2017. The organization will fill more than 200,000 square feet in the 1001 3rd Avenue South building.

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2025 Plan Leadership Award Winners Help Create Extraordinary Downtown

October 20, 2016

The Minneapolis Downtown Council hosted its annual Gala featuring the 2025 Plan Leadership Awards on Thursday night at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot. The event was MDC's largest Gala on record, and it featured a great collection of individuals and companies that help create an extraordinary downtown. 

Tower Will Rise On Ritz Block

September 20, 2016

Opus Group has begun site work on the Ritz Block where it will officially break ground on a 30-story luxury apartment tower later this fall. The project will feature 369 units of apartments with “condo-level finishes” when it opens in the fall of 2018 on the north end of Nicollet Mall.

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Cool Offices: Be the Match pairs open spaces with mobile workstyles (Photos)

August 30, 2016

Be The Match's seven-story North Loop headquarters building was designed with the next generation of workers in mind. See how they've been able to create a vibrant working environment in their new downtown Minneapolis offices.

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August 27, 2016

This year Minneapolis saw $1 billion in building permits faster than any previous year on record, the city announced Friday. This is the fifth consecutive year that the city has had more than $1 billion in construction projects.

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East Town Is Now Open

July 22, 2016

The area rebranded East Town--including Downtown East, Elliot Park and the Mill District--is now open for business. U.S. Bank Stadium, The Commons park, and the businesses, residential properties and hotels that surround them are creating a new vibrancy in the eastern side of downtown.

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Amazon will open tech office in downtown Minneapolis

June 9, 2016

Amazon announced plans for a new technology development center that will create 100 full-time, technology-focused jobs. 

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More Empty Nesters Moving Downtown

May 25, 2016

WCCO-TV reports that more empty nesters are moving downtown in an effort to be closer to the thriving entertainment and dining scene while downsizing and enjoying convenient amenities.

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Downtown Minneapolis promoters expand apartment tour

May 12, 2016

Explore Downtown Living returns May 21 and offers a chance for people to see first-hand what life is like living in the heart of the city.

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Nicollet Mall Project Secures 5 Bids

April 5, 2016

The Nicollet Mall Project secured five bids that will focus on the pavement and streetscape as the $50 million redesign remains on pace for beginning reconstruction this year.

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The Great Minneapolis Migration

March 18, 2016

The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal did an in-depth cover story on why companies previously located in the suburbs and outstate region are deciding to move to downtown Minneapolis. Their answer? Proximity, amenities, job attraction/retention and major transportation options.

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Bottineau Blue Line LRT Clears Important Hurdle

March 4, 2016

Via the Star Tribune, cities along the line granted consent to move forward.

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Mpls Ad Giant Olson Gets Bigger With Parent Company Consolidation

March 2, 2016

A consolidation by Olson's parent company ICF International means the Minneapolis advertising giant will expand its global reach.

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City Council Approves Land Sale for Mortenson Hotel Project

February 26, 2016

The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved the anticipated sale of a city site near the Guthrie Theater to M.A. Mortenson Co. for a nine-story, 188-room Hyatt Centric hotel. 

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Downtown's recent growth driven by less-than-household-name companies

February 14, 2016

Downtown Minneapolis' residential population is rising, and its business community is growing thanks to more and more companies making the decision to relocate or make their headquarters here in the downtown area. 

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North Loop's Martin Patrick 3 sets standard for shopping experience

February 14, 2016

As the North Loop attracted more people to live in downtown Minneapolis, its former warehouses and factories began to attract upscale retailers, becoming a new destination for Twin Cities shoppers. Martin Patrick 3 is leading the way.

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Downtown Minneapolis population grows in latest estimate

February 2, 2016

Downtown Minneapolis is now home to 39,960 people, a 2.7 percent increase from last year. The 2015 downtown population was 38,909, according to the Downtown Council.

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The Big Deal About Downtown East

December 18, 2015

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal took a look at the development and growth taking place in Downtown East surrounding the Vikings' new U.S. Bank Stadium in this in-depth piece.

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Why Minneapolis Was Named The Most Friendly Bike City

December 3, 2015

Minneapolis is combating a decline in biking, according to Vox, and has become known as the most friendly bike city in the United States.

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North Memorial Clinic Officially Opens In Downtown

November 18, 2015

The new North Memorial Health Clinic in Downtown Minneapolis hosted an open house throughout the day to celebrate their arrival in the neighborhood. The clinic is located in the skyway level of Gaviidae Common, and they welcomed the public to stop by and take a peek.


HCMC approves $192 million in bonds for new outpatient clinic

November 4, 2015

The Star Tribune reports that Hennepin County Medical Center approved a new venture that will include groundbreaking on a new Ambulatory Outpatient Specialty Center.

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Trader Joe's is a go for Downtown Minneapolis location

October 20, 2015

Trader Joe’s is officially opening its first Minneapolis location and the first grocery store in the East Downtown neighborhood near the new Vikings stadium.

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Downtown Minneapolis Draws 2 More National Sporting Events For 2017

October 12, 2015

USA Volleyball announced on Friday it will host its 2017 Girls' Junior National Championships and its 2017 Open National Championships in Downtown Minneapolis, which are expected to draw an estimate 45,000 people and $65 million worth of economic impact to our city.

Field Nation Lands $30 Million in funding, will hire 100+ Employees

September 10, 2015

Field Nation, which makes software that companies use to locate and manage field technicians, has raised $30 million in financing in its first major external funding deal. 

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Arctic Cat relocating corporate HQ to Mpls' North Loop

September 8, 2015

Arctic Cat plans to increase its HQ staff from 35 employees to 150-200, and it also wants to increase its revenue by 50 percent by 2020. Both were reasons why the company decided to relocate downtown.

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Klobuchar, Ellison Part of Pandora's Office Open House At IDS Center In Mpls

August 26, 2015

Pandora officially opened its doors at its brand new IDS Center office space location on Wednesday with an open house event, showcasing its new facility to those in attendance and establishing permanent roots in Downtown Minneapolis.

Mpls takes welcomed steps toward greener downtown streets

August 12, 2015

A look at the efforts being made to create an extraordinary downtown through greening efforts across the downtown area, via the Star Tribune.

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Minneapolis' Ivy boutique hotel gets $8 million makeover

August 6, 2015

Hotel Ivy has completed an $8 million renovation on its luxury property, revamping its lobby, guest rooms and common area. The hotel has 136 guest rooms and 91 condominium residencies included.

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Zayo Group opens downtown facility

July 23, 2015

Zayo Group announced it has opened a new co-location site located at the 511 Building data center in downtown Minneapolis. The new site will provide internet and content companies with a secure, carrier-neutral facility for interconnectivity options.

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New Mpls apartments fuse energy with style, affordability

July 20, 2015

The Star Tribune took a look into how apartments are mixing efficiency with style across downtown Minneapolis and beyond, helping with affordability.

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Big business dreams as U.S. Bank Stadium nears completion

July 20, 2015

Even for those who see it each day, U.S. Bank Stadium seems to change before their eyes. Its opening can't come fast enough for local businesses, which say the stadium will mean sales like never before.

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U.S. Bank Stadium opens in 1 year

July 20, 2015

Progress on the new Vikings' stadium continues, and it is completely changing the dynamic of the Downtown East neighborhood in the process.

For Millennials, ideal jobs are all about location

July 12, 2015

It really does matter to millennials that there are restaurants, breweries and outdoor activities nearby where they live and work, writes the Star Tribune.

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Plans in place for Armory development into event center

July 3, 2015

The old Armory in Downtown Minneapolis has a new owner who plans to turn it into a destination, turning the building into a new location for events.

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Mayor Decrees "YA Day" As Company Moves Downtown

June 2, 2015

Mayor Hodges and MDC/DID President & CEO Steve Cramer took part in the company’s ceremonial ribbon cutting as YA officially opened up their downtown office, joining YA President and CEO Chris Behrens as well as other members of the organization.

Aimia Chooses Downtown Minneapolis For U.S. Headquarters

May 22, 2015

Employees of Aimia, the global data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics company, have packed up their Plymouth workspaces and moved to the heart of downtown Minneapolis.


Explore Downtown Living To Give Glimpse Of Life As Downtown Resident

April 21, 2015

On May 16 and 17, Explore Downtown Living will offer an exclusive tour of 22 residency communities spanning five distinct downtown neighborhoods with an emphasis on showing all the great amenities that can’t be fully shown or appreciated on a property listing.

On the East Side of downtown, a new wave of development begins

April 12, 2015

Via the Star Tribune: The new Vikings stadium was expected to bring some development to the east side of downtown Minneapolis—but not this fast.

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Kit And Ace To Open In North Loop

March 19, 2015

Kit And Ace becomes the latest retail outlet to choose Downtown Minneapolis as a location. The store, which is scheduled to open June 5, will be located on the second floor of 113 Washington Ave.

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Downtown East's Rapid Transformation

March 17, 2015

Downtown East continues to boom because of continued residential and business development, increased focus on the public realm and the impact of the new Vikings stadium. Its rapid transformation is being noticed.

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Top 10 Best Downtowns

March 3, 2015 ranked Minneapolis as the city with the 2nd best downtown in the United States based on our low vacancy rate, high number of new homeowners, walkability, entertainment options and proximity to recreational activities, among other criteria. 

How Much Has Downtown Changed Since KG Last Played For The Wolves?

Feb. 25, 2015

Kevin Garnett said Tuesday he "doesn't even recognize downtown at all." How much has Downtown Minneapolis evolved and grown since 2007? took a look.


Growth & Opportunity: Tecmark Moves To Minneapolis

Feb. 19, 2015

Tecmark Founder & CEO Brent Harms writes why his company decided to make the move to Downtown Minneapolis, citing the Minneapolis Downtown Council and the Downtown 2025 Plan in this journal entry.

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Marketing Firm Young America Plans Move To Downtown Minneapolis

Feb. 10, 2015

The company, which was founded in the town of Norwood Young America in 1972, will bring about 100 workers to Downtown Minneapolis' historic Lumber Exchange Building.

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David Hallenberger Named 2014 DID Ambassador of the Year

Feb. 3, 2015

Congratulations to David Hallenberger, who was announced as the winner of the 2014 Minneapolis DID Ambassador of the Year at the 59th Minneapolis Downtown Council Annual Meeting on Feb. 3. 

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Fish & Richardson To Open National Operations Center Downtown

Jan. 27, 2015

The firm’s new “Administrative Hub” is scheduled to officially open on April 1 with a team of 130 employees moving into 30,000 square feet of newly renovated space at the end of May.

Windstream Communications Relocates Minnesota Headquarters To RBC Plaza

Dec. 18, 2014

Windstream Communications, a leading provider of advanced network communications, officially relocated to Downtown Minneapolis’s RBC Plaza on Dec. 5.


A Look At Mayo Clinic Square Sports Medicine Center

Dec. 3, 2014

Mayo Clinic Square Sports Medicine Center opened its doors in October for patients looking for sports medicine and musculoskeletal treatment. Take a look through the facility.

Final Four Marks Another Win For Downtown Minneapolis

Nov. 17, 2014

Downtown Minneapolis will host the 2019 NCAA men's basketball Final Four at the new Vikings stadium, marking another major event set to take place in one of downtown's fastest changing neighborhoods.


Aimia To Bring U.S.-Based Headquarters Downtown

Oct. 17, 2014

Aimia announced plans to move to Butler Square in Downtown Minneapolis in 2014

Bold Bid Lands Minneapolis 2018 Super Bowl

May 21, 2014

Minneapolis wins Super Bowl in 2018!

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$21.5 Million For Nicollet Mall redesign

May 5, 2014

Minneapolis' quest this legislative session to secure $25 million in bonding dollars to rehab Nicollet Mall scored a victory Monday morning with the release of Senate legislation.

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Wells Fargo Expands to Downtown East

March 6, 2014

Wells Fargo will locate much of its Twin Cities workforce in office towers that are part of an expansive $400 million mixed-use development in downtown Minneapolis.

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Jack Links moving to downtown

February 10, 2014

Wisconsin beef jerky king Links Snacks Inc., best known for its Jack Link's meat snacks, is expanding in downtown Minneapolis.

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Be The Match Relocating Near Target Field

October 16, 2013

The nonprofit group formally announced plans for its new headquarters building at 524 N. Fifth St., across the street from Target Field.

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Valspar's $30 million downtown remodel

October 23, 2012

Valspar Corp. said it will restore a vintage structure on S. 3rd Street that was once company headquarters. The investment will create about 135 full-time jobs.

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