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Massage Envy plans Duluth location


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One of the most successful massage therapy companies in the country if not the world will be opening their doors in Duluth starting next month. Massage Envy finalized plans yesterday for a 3,800 square foot location on Maple Grove Road in Duluth. Check out our post here for all the details on their first northern Minnesota location.

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Burger King Plans Hermantown Location


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Burger King officially announced their first location in Hermantown today at a ceremonial ground breaking for the second retail phase at Sugar Maple Crossing. You can read more about the project here at CDINDULUTH. As always, make sure to check out our website for the latest in development news.

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Superior Choice Credit Union plans Grand Avenue location


Superior Choice Credit Union (MCCU) has submitted plans to the city of Duluth for a new location on Grand Avenue in West Duluth. The new location will be constructed on three lots in which 4121 and 4127 Grand Avenue will require rezonings from R1 (residential) to MU-N (commercial).

Superior Choice Credit Union plans to construct a 2,910 square foot branch building with a drive through complete with two vehicular lanes for bank telling and an additional lane for ATM transactions. The construction of the branch will also include the redevelopment of Pat’s Green Corner. That site that Pat’s Green Corner sits on was rezoned a few years back to commercial and will allow for all three sites to be used for the construction of the SCCU Branch.

If you still can’t pinpoint the exact location then think of the new Essentia Health’s West Duluth clinic and then think across the street and kiddie corner. Or… think of the new Kwik Trip location being construction on Grand Avenue and then travel two blocks towards downtown Duluth.

Superior Choice Credit Union has five locations currently including a location in Hermantown and two in Superior. The Hermantown location opened in the early 2000s and a new location was constructed in Superior in the mid 2000s. Both locations use a similar floor plan design that looks to be also featured in the newly planned West Duluth location. The exterior is expected to be similar with stone, brick and stucco accents in a grey tonal palette.

If all goes well with the city of Duluth construction could begin this fall with an opening in summer 2015.

Kwik Trip plans 10th Duluth area location; Holiday Stationstores prepare


Just as Kwik Trip’s first area location opened about two weeks ago in Superior the company was quick to announce a 10th planned location in the area. Kwik Trip will be constructing a new store at the corner of North 6th Avenue E and East Fourth Street most likely during the second quarter of 2016. They’ll be taking over a prime corner site that currently is home to Last Chance Liquor who will close their store location in early 2016. That’s right across the street from a newly built SuperAmerica and the ever successful Whole Foods Coop.

The new location for Kwik Trip will mark their fourth planned location within the city of Duluth and their first near the downtown area. Another location was recently announced for the corner of Central Entrance and Arlington Avenue a mere mile and a half away and a fifth location is still rumored for London Road.

For Kwik Trip, proximity to other store locations isn’t the issue; capturing the customer is. That’s while you’ll see that the two locations in West Duluth area also are quite close to each other. It not only allows for a greater hold on the market, but also easier deliveries for Kwik Trip.

Area gas stations have began to prepare for the arrival of Kwik Trip early this summer and even as soon as last year. We’ve seen rebuilds like the SuperAmerica on the opposite corner of the newly proposed Kwik Trip on East Fourth Street or the Little Store in Proctor near Interstate 35.

Recently Holiday Stationstores also began to roll out renovations at a few of its stores including those on Central Avenue and 27th Avenue West which are closest to the new Kwik Trip locations. Those stations are receiving both exterior and interior updates. Holiday Stationstores has also begun to rollout a heavy advertising campaign in the area specifically targeting the in house selection of eggs, milk, and other baked goods offered within their stores. That marketing campaign is something that really is a direct result of Kwik Trip entering the market as they pride themselves on their low costs for fresh eggs, milk, and other goods within their stores.

The next Kwik Trip to open in the next month most likely will also be in Superior on Hwy 2 and will be closely followed by a location in Hermantown on Hwy 53 next door to Platinum Properties Sugar Maple Crossing commercial development. 

Platinum Plaza project postponed


Recently we discussed with Stevie Paulson of Platinum Properties about their planned retail center, Platinum Plaza, that he and his company are developing across from the Miller Hill Mall. There were a few potential leases a few months ago regarding the project, however the perfect mix of retail tenants for the development is still being created.

With that being said construction of Platinum Plaza has been put on the back burner until further notice. It was made very clear though that the question is not if the project will happen but more so when. If you think about it when you’re investing millions into a project it’s most likely the best idea to be safe than sorry in making sure that all your space can be filled and filled with tenants that are right for the surrounding community.

Taking a look at the national trends for retail development across the country, Duluthians have nothing to be concerned about regarding the future of Platinum Plaza… or retail development in Duluth for that matter. Building “spec” buildings (meaning without any pre-signed occupants) can be a huge gamble. After the recession a few years ago building spec is almost unheard of in the development world as retail centers like to have a certain percent of retail space committed to, usually around 30-40%, before construction of the physical building begins.

Platinum Properties is still busy with development as they are moving forward with their second retail phase of Sugar Maple Crossings in Hermantown with construction expected to start immediately. We’ll have a few tenants to announce early next week regarding that project.

Once the additional phase of development at Sugar Maple Crossings has been completed by next spring plans for Platinum Plaza will be revisited with construction possibly beginning as soon as next year. The tenant mix for Platinum Plaza is still expected to feature a mix of fast casual restaurants, a dessert eatery of some sort, and a possible jeweler and or salon among other retailers. Make sure to check back right here at CDINDULUTH for more details. 

PROJECT UPDATE: CVS Pharmacy East Duluth


Curious as to how construction progress is going at the new CVS Pharmacy being constructed on Superior Street in East Duluth. We’ll give you a little update right now then!

Construction has been a long one coming for this project. Originally it was suppose to be the first location to open in Duluth and was scheduled to open last year. Unfortunately due to set backs with remaining tenants in the former portion of the Plaza strip center that remained on the site construction could not begin as soon as originally planned. With that set back the Grand Avenue location was able to move forward with construction and it soon became the first location to open in Duluth closely following the first location to open in the Twin Ports in Superior.

With the last of tenants moving out earlier this year from the Plaza Center retail building construction was able to begin in late winter. Quickly after we soon began to see cinder block walls starting to go up in late May, roofing in June,  and now we are beginning to see a finished building. The original opening date of August 31st however has been pushed back now to early October. 

We’re actually pretty curious to the set up of this building compared to most CVS Pharmacy new construction projects. The building is situated almost directly centered when it comes to the site orientation. The entrance is located on the side fronting Walgreens (how convenient) along with a good amount of parking. Parking also stretches alongside the building running against Superior Street and there also appears to be some parking in the back near the drive thru. 

So there is our little update for you on the new CVS Pharmacy opening in East Duluth. 

Oh. Below are also some visual confirmations of what we just described above because after all you probably want to see the progress. Enjoy. 

Kwik Trip officially enters the Duluth market


Northland, get ready to meet your new local convenience store and gas station. Say hello to Kwik Trip.

The doors to the first Kwik Trip location in the Twin Ports opened today at 2807 Tower Avenue at 5am. While this is the first location for Kwik Trip in the area it for sure won’t be their last. In fact it’s actually just the first opening of nine Kwik Trip locations that are currently planned for the area. Let us not forget that the company recently announced a few months ago that plans for the area now could include up to 15 locations.

With the opening of this first Kwik Trip location we thought to ourselves “how are the other ones doing?” There’s just so many of them to keep track of… and they are all spread literally EVERYWHERE. Well, don’t worry. We’ve done the dirty work and checked up on how construction is going at ALL the planned locations and we’ve included the update in this post purely for your convenience…so check out the progress below.

2801 Tower Avenue (Superior)- Now Open

Highway 53 (Superior) – Opening September 2014

Belknap Ave & Banks St (Superior) – Opening Late Sept./Early Oct. 2014

Highway 45 (Scanlon) – Opening October 2014

Grand Avenue (Duluth) – Opening Late September/Early October 2014

Michigan Avenue (Duluth) – October 2014

Central Ent. and Arlington Ave (Duluth) – Construction Has Yet To Begin

Highway 53 (Hermantown) – Opening September 2014

Highway 53 & Arrowhead Rd. (Hermantown) – Construction Has Yet To Begin

Sugar Maple Crossing to proceed with Phase II


We reported a few months back that Platinum Properties was planning an additional retail phase for their Sugar Maple Crossing development; a retail center in Hermantown at the intersection of Highway 53 and Sugar Maple Drive. We’ve recently received more details on what is to be included with the additional phase and what exactly the future of Sugar Maple Crossing entails.

Phase II of the development is about two weeks away from breaking ground. This next phase of Sugar Maple Crossing will include 5,000 square feet of new retail space and will house two national tenants that are new to Hermantown. We’ll have an exciting announcement regarding names those retailers next week. 

There also will be a third and final phase to the Sugar Maple Crossing development that could begin construction as soon as next spring. That portion of the development will include an additional 11,000 square feet of office space in which 40 employees will work. A lease for a tenant that will occur that office space is already in the works. The office component will also be flanked by an additional 3,000 square foot connected retail building, making the entire phase three portion of development approximately 14,000 square feet.