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F.Y.E. TO OPEN MILLER HILL MALL LOCATION
A newly opened F.Y.E. location at Crossgates Mall   |   F.Y.E.

A newly opened F.Y.E. location at Crossgates Mall  |  F.Y.E.

A new entertainment store selling music, movies, games, CDs, DVDs, vinyls, fan merchandise and more is about to make the Miller Hill Mall it's home. F.Y.E. (For Your Entertainment) will open the doors to it's new store on October 21st.

The entertainment retailer will be moving into the space that was left vacant when Wet Seal closed their location at the mall after the company declared bankruptcy. It's been almost two years since Wet Seal's closure and that space has yet to find a permanent tenant... until now that is.

A BLAST FROM THE PAST?

Now if you are thinking to yourself that F.Y.E. reminds you of a retailer that went by the name of Sam Goody (which had a location at the Miller Hill Mall about a decade ago) then you're on the right track. Why? Well, F.Y.E. is what Sam Goody turned into.

Both companies were owned by Trans World and in 2006 it was decided that Sam Goody would cease operations with a large number of their locations closing, including the one at the Miller Hill Mall. The locations that did remain open however were rebranded as F.Y.E.

The former Wet Seal space | CDINDULUTH

Interior of a new F.Y.E. location | F.Y.E.

A NEW LOOK FOR F.Y.E.

F.Y.E. struggled after the recession in 2008 like many retailers and closed a number of underperforming stores. In recent years the company has been looking for ways to stay competitive in the market and in 2015 revamped their image and their store offerings by introducing an entirely new F.Y.E. store. 

Today customers will find not only CDs and DVDS but rather tons of pop-culture merchandise and a large selection of vinyls. That large selection of vinyls is one of the biggest things that has put F.Y.E. back on the map in recent years. As all styles and trends come into the spotlight again, vinyls have ultimately swept the stage becoming extremely popular with the millennial generation.

F.Y.E plans to open their Duluth location later this month with the Miller Hill Mall mall officials stating Friday, October 21st as the anticipated opening date. Once open it will be the first location for the retailer in Northern Minnesota and their second in Minnesota.

 
SEARS HOLDINGS LISTS DULUTH PROPERTIES

Sears has made three new "opportunities" available within the Twin Ports for retailers, developers/investors, and real estate brokers.

Sears Holdings Corporation, the real estate portion of the Sears/K-Mart company, has made available last three properties within the Twin Ports. This includes their 86,611 square foot K-Mart store at 215 North Central Ave in West Duluth along with their 98,938 square Sears store and the attached 9,131 square foot automative center at the Miller Hill Mall.

Throughout the state of Minnesota Sears Holdings has listed 11 K-Mart stores, 2 K-Mart Automotive Centers, 10 Sears stores and 10 Sears Automotive centers as available. Overall 33 properties were made available within Minnesota, one of those properties being the Sears flagship location at the Mall of America.

Available Sears Auto space highlighted in red

A CHANGE IN THE RETAIL GAME

As competition from online retailers and new retailers heats up Sears and K-Mart have seen a continued decline. This has resulted in a number of closings in the past few years with one of those being the K-Mart location near the Miller Hill Mall (now a Hobby Lobby and soon a PetSmart). More recently the company has begun to re-evaluate their company's real estate to see which properties the company can relieve themselves of resulting in large savings.

In some locations across the country Sears is downsizing their stores, many of which are over 100,000 square feet, to around 40,000 square feet leaving the rest up for redevelopment.

In some cases British retailer Primark is snatching up the extra space and opening some of their first locations within the United States. In others cases malls are using it as an excuse to expand their retail offerings with new retail space along with renovations.

NOW WHAT ABOUT DULUTH?

With the K-Mart space being listed in West Duluth it implies that that store would close. There is a chance the a real estate company could purchase the space and rent it back to K-Mart which would relieve Sears from a number of costs associated with owning a building rather than leasing it.

If K-Mart does close, it would be the biggest retail space to become available in the West End in decades and it would be a prime opportunity for a redevelopment and re-positioning of the Spirit Valley Shopping Center.

At the Miller Hill Mall the closing of Sears would be a major hit... or a major gain depending on the way you look at it. While the automotive center seems like it might be a little tougher spot to fill at it sits at the back of the mall, the Sears space is another story. 

You might not have noticed it but there is a MAJOR lack of space at the Miller Hill Mall recently. The downsizing of Sears or a closure could result in a huge opportunity for the Miller Hill Mall to expand it's retail space. 

All three spaces are available for inquiries here. In the future when more information becomes available on the potential future uses of these spaces you'll be able to find it right here on CDINDULUTH!

 
 
Build-A-Bear Workshop to renovate Duluth location

Build-A-Bear Workshop's newest store design | MDS

Build-A-Bear Workshop® is planning to freshen up their Miller Hill Mall location at 1600 Miller Trunk Highway by bringing the company's newest store design to the Twin Ports.

Planning for a Duluth Build-A-Bear Workshop® location stretches all the way back to 2011 when the company made it public that it was opening a location within the Miller Hill Mall. In October 2014 the Duluth location finally opened at the Miller Hill Mall in a space that formerly housed Torrid, a plus-sized women's clothing store.

When the construction barricades for Build-A-Bear Workshop® came down it was somewhat surprising to see that not much had changed architecturally from what was in place from the tenant before, which is very unlikely for the company's new stores. The company's signature yellow and blue tones covered the space in a fresh coat of paint, however the space didn't feature the whimsical bear land (to it's fullest extent) that customers often find within their stores.

THAT'S ABOUT TO CHANGE

On March 9th construction bids were submitted by various companies for $299,999 worth of work on behalf of Build-A-Bear Workshop® at the Miller Hill Mall. That's more than just some fresh paint on the walls. It's a full renovation.

Last year Build-A-Bear Workshop® debuted a new store prototype design that has now begun to be rolled out across the country. The company had previously been hurting in sales and was looking for new ways to engage customers, while elevating the brand. The solution was in their store design.

Build-A-Bear Workshop at Mall of America | MDS

Mall of America was one of the first locations to receive this design in the country. It's far more modern than the previous design and uses the blue and yellow colors in block formations. This means that instead of the facade being clad in both colors like it previously was, it now is clad in custom blue metal that was designed and crafted just for Build-A-Bear Workshop®. With the exterior being blue, the interior naturally takes on the yellow color, allowing the company to main their roots while introducing a simpler and cleaner look.

Duluth's 2,154 square foot location will be completely renovated from head to toe, well, ceiling to floor, including a new storefront and all new interior. Inside customers will be able to create characters by using a number of interactive stations along.

NEW STORE DETAILS

An interactive storefront will allow customers to engage with digital signage embedded in the facade that can change depending on the seasons, holiday, and special events. Directly inside there store will be the Choose Me station where guests will find all the characters Build-A-Bear Workshop® has to offer. From there they'll move onto the Love Me station which uses an interactive digital table that allows guests to add unique traits to a heart that is then placed within their character.

Hear Me station | Build-A-Bear Workshop®

The Hear Me station uses an interactive touch screen with a number of sounds that can be inserted inside the character, even allowing guests to put their favorite music or their own voice on a chip that can be inserted into the character. How cool is that?

From the Hear Me station guests move to the Stuff Me station where their character is filled with stuffing and becomes that adorable, huggable character they've always wanted. New to Build-A-Bear Workshop® are SCENTIments, allowing guests characters to smell like bubble gum, strawberry, cotton candy, or even chocolate chip! Don't let the family dog get too close when you get home or you might find yourself visiting Build-A-Bear Workshop® again quite soon.

Logically the next step is to close the seams and complete the character. Here's what's REALLY cool. Build-A-Bear Workshop® now has a program called "Find-A-Bear ID" which inserts a barcode within each character. This allows the character to be reunited with their owner if ever lost as the person who finds it can bring it to any Build-A-Bear Workshop® and the owner will be notified. 

This barcode also generates a unique code that guests receive on their character's birth certificate... yes, birth certificate, that allows their character to come to life online where they can play games and do all sorts of things with their new friend.

Name Me station | Build-A-Bear Workshop®

The Fluff Me station is where guest's characters can take a bath in a digital bath tub (hello 21st century) which can recognize items placed in it and response with sensory effects. Naturally the character will need some clothing because who let's stuffed animals go naked these days? Just visit Dress Me station which includes tons of character clothing and Match Me technology which allows guests to see what's new and also suggest outfits.

Last by not least, it's time to visit the Name Me station. Here guests use a viewfinder that reveals all the attributes and personality traits within their character. A name is picked and a birth certificate, which even includes a photo of their character, is created.

Now it's time to head home... but not too quick! Visit the Take Me Home station which resembles a Build-A-Bear Workshop Cub Condo® to receive your membership and reward program details, along with the birth certificate you printed, and of course the Cub Condo carrying case for your character to ensure they're safe for their travels back home.

You never know so much went into building a stuffed animal did ya? Now you know. 

Build-A-Bear Workshop® will most likely move to a temporary space within the mall while renovations are completed. Construction will begin this Spring with a completion in Summer 2016.

 
We're back.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are back and ever so happy to be.

Exciting things are happening at CDINDULUTH and our sister website The Development Tracker | Minneapolis. We'll have updates regarding both our websites for you soon.

But first, let's recap on the developments within Duluth over the past month and a half.


It was announced that Jimmy John's will open their third Duluth location this Fall at the Miller Hill Mall. Construction began on a renovation of the space earlier this month.

The new 1,800 square foot location will be within the "streetscape" portion of the mall in part of the space that formerly housed Coldwater Creek (which closed this past year due to a company wide bankruptcy). The other portion of the space was filled this past Spring when Men's Warehouse relocated their Burning Tree Plaza store to the mall.

Jimmy John's first Twin Ports location opened in Superior nearly a decade ago. The company added another location at the Plaza Shopping Center in East Duluth a few years later. That location relocated across the street last year in order to make way for a new CVS Pharmacy. Last year a third area location opened at the Shops at BlueStone on Woodland Avenue.


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Love the perfect grilled cheese? You may want to grab a tissue for this one.

A local favorite will be expanding with a new Downtown location come fall. Toasty's currently has a location at 1032 East Ninth Street that has been open for about a year. Needless to say the location has done extremely well, so well that the owners are already planning another one.

The new location will be located at 220 W. Superior St. The space has previously been home to a number of restaurants most recently Farley's Grill. The new larger space will allow the restaurant to expand their menu past grilled cheeses to include other items such as pasta salads and foods that are prepared to go.


 
 

Ikonics Corporation recently broke ground on their new 27,300 square foot expansion to their current 37,000 square foot manufacturing space in the Duluth Atlas Industrial Park off Commonwealth Avenue. The entire expansion will cost around $4.3 million dollars. 

The new space will allow for the installation of five new robots used to create different aerospace products and will result in the creation of an additional 30-40 jobs for the facility and is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2016.


 
 

Rue21 opened their new store at the Miller Hill Mall on July 23rd. It is the second store in Northern Minnesota for the company (there is another location in Bemidji). The Duluth location features clothing and accessories for both teen girls and guys. Currently there are 20 other locations within the state of Minnesota.


 
 

A coffee shop and eatery that is unlike any other in the area recently opened in Hermantown. Pelican Coffee opened at the beginning of August at the corner of Miller Trunk Highway and Lavaque Road. The space formerly housed a Republic Bank branch.

What is unique about the shop is that 50% of the profits will be donated to the community of Hermantown and the regions and areas in which the coffee beans that the business uses are harvested from.

Matt and Gina Pfingsten are behind the operation. The business will partner with a local organization called Praying Pelican Missions that Matt founded in 2003. His organization develops church and communication partnerships around the world.


Planned Rue 21 store grows in size

Rue21 will still be opening a new store at the Miller Hill Mall however the exact plans have changed a little since we last reported back in December about the planned opening at the Miller Hill Mall. At that time the Rue 21 location was to be constructed in the former spaces of a dollar store and Radio Shack. Well, plans change and let us tell you first and formost Duluthians you're going to benefit from it.

Rue 21 will no longer be locating in the spaces mentioned above as Radio Shack will in fact NOT be closing their Duluth location after last minute corporate decisions saved the location at the Miller Hill Mall from the chopping block. That means Rue 21 needed to find a new place to set up shop within the mall but the search didn't take long as Deb Shops recently close their Duluth location after the company went bankrupt leaving a prime space for Rue21 to call home.

Above: Location of the new Rue21 location at the Miller Hill Mall.

The original space Rue21 was to open in was just over 6,000 square feet with about 5,000 of that being devoted to sales space. The new space in which Rue21 will open will be roughly 7,100 square feet and include 6,400 square feet of sales space. If you're keeping track that's a 1,400 square foot increase in selling space equating to roughly the size of a Hot Topic location. So yes, it will in fact make a difference.

Rue21's new locaiton will take over an existing storage space to the left of Deb which for the last few years has been used as mall storage and at one time as a space for a ProActive kiosk. The mall will however receive a portion of space towards the back of the vacated Deb space that will be used most likely for mall storage.

Above: Floor plan for the new Rue21 store location at the Miller Hill Mall.

The Duluth location will still feature girls and guys clothing along with accessories. The store format will be a little easier to navigate though due to the additional square footage and more of the space will be able to be used due to the straight storefront instead of the zig-zag one that would have been present in the former design.

The store interior will be split into mainly two areas with guys on the left side and girls on the right side. Gentlemen we're sorry to inform you that you'll get about a third of the sales space that the ladies will get. But hey, it's the thought that counts right?

Above: Interior graphics for the various fitting room designs

The interior overall design will feature an industrial design vibe. Ceilings will be left exposed with industrial styled pendant lights along with track lighting. Walls will be covered with various wallpaper designs featuring young individuals at concerts, patterned designs, and an abandoned loft. Each fitting room has a themed design including the following; "Club 21", "Skater", "Runway Model", "Rock Star" and "Princess". Walls will feature mostly a dark color scheme with pops of green, yellow, teal, and pink added. 

Work will begin on the space in May with an opening likely by the end of summer just in time for back to school shopping. That's right kids, before school has even ended we're already thinking about when you head back. We apologize for reminding you if you're reading but still want to remind your parents that summer only last three months. You. Can. Do it.  

Above: Rue21 store front design

Justice to remodel Miller Hill Mall location

More news for the Miller Hill Mall. This time about a company sprucing up their space.

Justice, a retailer that offers clothing and accessories for girls ages 7-14, is planning on remodeling their location near the Food Court at the Miller Hill Mall within the next couple months. The company has launched an aggressive remodel campaign across the country in order to update its brand image. 

The store remodel will cost about $100,000 to complete and should take under two months to complete. It is likely that the store will set up a temporary shop within the mall and the soon to be vacant Deb Shops space is a perfect contender.

Above:  New Justice prototype store

Above: New Justice prototype store

Justice is operated under the Ascena Retail Group which may sound familiar to you but you might not be able to peg it. It was announced that dressbarn would acquire Justice in 2009. About two years after Dress Barn created the Ascena Retail Group which includes dressbarn, maurices, Lane Bryant,  Catherine's and of course Justice. All stores have a location in the Miller Hill Mall area.

The store remodel will bring the new prototype for Justice to the Miller Hill Mall. The overall design is much lighter, airy, and modern in its design elements. Customers can expect pops of bright colors throughout the store, creative light fixtures, and of course all the Justice clothing and accessories a girl could wish for.