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Shops at BlueStone quickly fills up

The Shop at BlueStone's newest retail buildings are filling up and very quickly we might add. What is technically the third phase for the project features five retail spaces in two buildings, four of which have already been leased including two that already are occupied by operating retail businesses.

Jimmy John's opened their third Duluth location this past month within the new retail building that abuts next to the first phase of the Shops at BlueStone. In that building Members Cooperative Credit Union opened what is also their third Duluth location last month. The last tenant for the space, Pearl Nails & Spa, will open by May 1st. 

The second part of this next phase of retail development for BlueStone Commons will feature a building that will house a Pizza Hut and Wing Street location along with an additional tenant that has yet to be confirmed. Developer Mark Lambert is hoping for an asian restaurant of some sort to open within the space.

Work continues at the Shops at BlueStone. The building under construction will include a Pizza Hut | Wing Street location along with additional tenant.

Now what exactly could be that sought after asian tenant we are not sure. However we do believe that LeeAnn Chin currently is the most logical choice for the space as at the moment the company only has one Duluth location. That location is within the Miller Hill Mall and it is technically a rarity for the company as it is a food court location. There could be a multitude of other asian restaurants including local restaurants that might be looking to expand.

There is still an additional retail phase planned for the BlueStone Commons development that will likely include twice the amount of retail already present on site. The exact plans for that phase have yet to be solidified however original plans did include over 30,000 square feet of retail (the size of a Bed, Bath, and Beyond location).

As more details emerge we'll be sure to sure to let you know right here at CDINDULUTH!

Three retail spaces leased for the Shops at BlueStone Phase III

The first three of six planned businesses that will call the Shops at BlueStone Phase III have been released. The third phase for the retail portion of the BlueStone development is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in Spring 2015.

Following the overwhemingly successful first two phases of the Shops at Bluestone, which are 100% leased and thriving, the second phase will add about 40% more retail space to the site. The third phase of development consists of two retail buildings on the corner of Woodland Avenue and East Clover Street. The buildings together will house around 10,500 square feet of retail space.

Above: Phase three of the project currently be developed.   (Image provided by the Shops at Bluestone)

Above: Phase three of the project currently be developed. (Image provided by the Shops at Bluestone)

So now onto the signed leases and what you started reading this post for. It was confirmed this past week that three retailers will officially call the third phase home. They will be... drumroll please...

Jimmy Johns, which will be the city of Duluth's third location, Pearl Nails and Spa, which will be owned an operated by the same owner as Diamond Nails on Central Entrance, and Members Cooperative Credit Union which currently has two other Duluth locations.

Three additional retail spaces are still available within the project. Currently there are said to be negotiations underway for each of those spaces with an announcement soon to come. Construction also will begin early next year on the second phase of housing for the BlueStone development called "BlueStone Flats." More information regarding that project will be at your finger tips soon.

As always, check back to CDINDULUTH for more news regarding this development and others within the Twin Ports.

Our Guesses

So what in the world could those three mystery tenants be? Who knows. But what retailers or restaurants could be on the list of contenders... there's some logical choices. Here's what we think could be some possibilities. 

There's been talk of Noodles and Company looking for a second Duluth location ever since their wildly successful first location opened last year in the Miller Hill Mall and let's be honest, who loves noodles more than college students? No one. 

Panera Bread also at one point stated that they had a potential location in the works for a spot near the college campuses along Woodland Avenue. This seems like the best spot possible for Panera Bread and there is still a considerable amount of space left which would be perfectly suitable to house a Panera Bread.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop would be another logical choice as they LOVE to go in developments near colleges. There have been a few sources stating that the company is looking to expand to the Duluth area, however no official plans regarding expansion have been made public.

Other various business types that we see filling the spaces would be a tanning shop of some sort or a shipping place along the lines of FedEx Office or The UPS Store.

To be honest though... the possibilities are endless. What we do know is that space within the Shops at BlueStone won't be available for long and that the third phase most likely will be 100% leased upon opening as was the first two phases. It seems as the BlueStone development continues to grow that the Shops at BlueStone continues to prove that it is one of the hottest, if not THE hottest, retail development spots within the Twin Ports. 


Members Cooperative to build new branch

The long discussion of when and where Members Cooperative Credit Union will build their new branch in the Miller Hill Mall area is finally being solidified this week. Plans are going forward to the Duluth Planning Commission for the rezoning of a site in order to make way for a new branch to be constructed at 609 West Central Entrance. That’s the site located in front of Cub Foods that currently houses a shuttered Midas Auto Repair shop. Midas had been in search for a new franchisee to take over the location for over a year now, with those plans never being fulfilled the site was up for grabs for new development.

It has been reported for a few years now that Members Cooperative was in search for a site to build a new branch near the Miller Hill mall. Currently they have a small location in the building in front of the Miller Hill Mall that also houses Firestone. Their location is so hidden it in fact often goes unnoticed to general public as it is tucked to the rear portion of the building.

The Midas building will be razed to make way for a new 4,900 square foot, one story branch to be constructed on site. The design of the building will be far different from the location in Duluth’s Spirit Valley. It will however feature three drive through lanes for the ease of access for it’s customers, a convenience not found at their current Miller Hill area location. 19 parking spots will be included on site, 12 for customers, seven for their employees. The site redevelopment will also include a sidewalk to the front and left side of the site which will be in compliance with the future sidewalk to city plans to install on Central Entrance.

It was long rumored that the new branch was to be constructed in the parking lot in front of Shopko, an outlot site had been marketed for development for many years, a site that Members Cooperative had apparently been in negotiations for for quite some time. The Midas site however features much better exposure and far easier access for Member Cooperative’s customers as it is tucked right up next to Central Entrance.

Our view. This will do wonders for this area. Residence Inn really set a momentum of new development in a portion of Central Entrance that had remained stagnant development wise for much of the last decade. The Midas building itself was beginning to look run down and did not attract much business with it’s direct competitor, Tires Plus, located next door. We think that this branch hopefully will continue to solidify greater development in this sector of the Miller Hill Mall area. There still is an out lot available ideally for a retail store/center or restaurant to be developed to the right of the Residence Inn project, along with a few acres of land directly across the road available for commercial development. The city’s future plans for this area see a live,work, play community that features a combination of retail space and residential dwellings in buildings directly abutting Central Entrance. The hope is to make a walkable community. If that plan can come to fruition it would create quite the entrance to Duluth’s largest and most successful retail district.

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