According to Sam Black of the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, L.A. Fitness wants to open a gym in downtown Minneapolis. The company’s site search has included skyway-connected buildings along Marquette Avenue and Nicollet Mall, according to multiple real estate sources with knowledge of the search who asked not to be identified to protect client relationships.
Irvine, Calif.-based L.A. Fitness opened its first Twin Cities location in Apple Valley in 2007. It now has 14 facilities in the market, including a location at Uptown’s Calhoun Square. It’s also building a new gym in Brooklyn Center.
Tom Martin, a retail broker at Cushman & Wakfield/NorthMarq who represents L.A. Fitness in the Twin Cities, declined to comment on the prospect of a downtown location. But he said the company remains in expansion mode.
“All logical trade areas left to explore are being considered,” he said.
James Norton of Heavy Table reports that now Minnesota boasts its first fully-dedicated fresh-pressed juice bar. Truce (a cheeky portmanteau of true and juice) opened in late April in Uptown Minneapolis.
Co-owner Blaire Molitor describes the thought process behind the shop’s juice offerings: “From the start we knew what we liked and what we didn’t like – we wanted to be able to taste each individual ingredient in each juice – never having one overpowering flavor. We also didn’t want any of them to be overly sweet or bitter. We tasted every pressed juice we could get our hands on and made notes on what worked and what didn’t. We then tested recipes over and over again until we were happy with the flavor balance. We had friends and family taste them to get additional feedback. Everyone is looking for something different – some people hate ginger, some want extra – so we tried to appeal to as many varying tastes as possible.”
Truce uses a large-scale hydraulic press based on the Norwalk method. Translated to home juicers, this means less air and more juice in the bottle. Much like the open-kitchen concept adopted by many upscale restaurants, the press is fully visible to customers via a glass door. If you visit early enough you might catch pounds upon pounds of fruits and vegetables meeting their maker as they’re shredded and pressed (think tons of pounds of pressure) to extract as many vitamins, minerals, and juices as possible.
Flavors range from Beginner’s Greens (kale, spinach, apple, lemon) to Root (carrot, orange, ginger, beet) to AMP (apple, mint, pineapple). Smoothies and detox cleanses will be offered soon.
Allison Kaplan of Mps + St. Paul Magazine reports that Israeli bath and body brand Sabon (Level 1, West), opened its first Twin Cities store this week at Mall of America.
With a focus on healing and aromatherapy, Sabon incorporates Dead Sea minerals in its body scrubs, oils, and bath salts. The line, with stores around the world, includes shower and bath products, lotions, hair care, and home fragrance. Sabon joins a long list of beauty brands at MOA.
SABON’s first store opened in the mid-nineties on Sheinkin Street in the heart of Tel Aviv. Since then, SABON has expanded to be an international network, with over 130 stores around the world: New York, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Rome and more. All products are manufactured and packaged by SABON Israel and shipped worldwide.
The Pioneer Press, citing unnamed sources, reports that Apple is planning to move its Rosedale storeto a much larger location, taking up three storefronts across from its existing location at the shopping mall. It’s a first-level location – one formerly occupied by three stores, Tren D Home, AME Sports and Gymboree.
The typical Apple Store these days is about 8,500 square feet or so — that’s roughly the size of the expanded Southdale Apple Store, which opened last month.
The Post-Bulletin reports that Bloomington-based Holiday has purchased seven SuperAmerica branded convenience stores and reopened five of them as Holiday Stationstores.
The other two stores were closed, but a Holiday official said the company planned to build more stores in the market.
The Rochester SA stores converting to Holiday are at 701 Broadway, 400 Fourth St. S.E., 919 37th St. N.W., 1520 Second St. S.W. and 5505 U.S. 52 N.
The two that are closing are at 2025 S. Broadway and 601 11th Ave. N.W.
Rendering of what the Steele Fitness Edina exterior would look like.
Steele Fitness, the growing health-club chain, is teaming up with athletic apparel giant Under Armour Inc. on a retail-store venture.
The Star Tribune has a report on the partnership, which will initially open a 2,500-square-foot store, called Under Armour for Steele, in Edina’s 50th and France neighborhood. It will sell co-branded workout gear, sneakers and the like.
Steele Fitness founder Steele Smiley said he hopes to include an Under Armour store next to each Steele Fitness location (there are six now, but they’re expanding). Terms weren’t disclosed. Read more >>
Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq secured a 30,000-square-foot lease for Gander Mountain in Rogers, Minn.
Gander Mountain signed a lease to occupy the building, a former Best Buy location. The store opened April 30.
C&W/NorthMarq senior directors Tricia Pitchford and Kim Meyer, and Brad Kaplan, senior associate, represented LaSalle Investment Management in the transaction.
Gander Mountain was represented by John Ferlita, senior vice president with CBRE.