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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.


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

Deb Shops closing Miller Hill Mall location

Deb Shops will be closing their Miller Hill Mall location in late February... that is if the merchandise lasts until then.

The closing is once again NOT related to poor sales at the Miller Hill Mall but rather due to a company wide bankruptcy that will result in the closure of ALL 337 Deb Shops locations nationwide. Deb Shops sold women's clothing and accessories under private labels and their own and catered to a large cliental.  The Duluth location also carried the Plus and Junior lines.

Deb Shops competition was Charlotte Russe, which opened a location about five years ago right next door, Wet Seal, which recently closed over 300 locations including their location at the Miller Hill Mall, and Rue21, which recently announced it will open a store at the Miller Hill Mall come this spring. Needless to say, the Miller Hill Mall might have been their worst nightmare competition wise.

While it is sad to see a tenant bid the mall farewell there is a silver lining. As we mentioned this closure is not due to poor sales at this location and that's a plus as it means the mall is doing well over all. As mentioned in our post "Miller Hill Mall: An outlook for 2015" that we posted this past week, the mall is currently in need of additional space for retailers.

The now closed Wet Seal location.

The now closed Wet Seal location.

Radio Shack and the retail space next door will be combined for a new Rue21 location to open this spring

Deb Shops occupied quite a large chunk of space in the JCPenney's wing. Their closure will result in the freeing of prime retail space within the mall and space that is large enough that it could be split in order to house two tenants. There also is a corridor to the left of the Deb space that could be absorbed for additional retail space if the need arises.

We'll see how things pan out after the closure of Deb next month and as always we'll keep you updated on new developments at the Miller Hill Mall and the rest of the Twin Ports right here at CDINDULUTH.

Rue21 opening Miller Hill Mall location

Rue21 plans to open their first Twin Ports location at the Miller Hill Mall this Spring. The speciality discount clothing retailer currently has 19 other stores in the state of Minnesota and over 1,100 stores within the United States.

The new store will take up 6,011 square feet of space and will combine two retail spaces into one. Rue21 will open next to the Sears mall entry in spaces that formerly housed "A Dollar" store and currently house a RadioShack location which will close after the holiday season. 

The Duluth store will be a Rue21 Etc. location meaning it will feature both the full Rue21 concept along with the RueGuy men's concept. The store footprint itself will be in the midsize range for Rue21 locations and will feature modern industrial decor with modern graphics. 

Rue21 Etc store front. (Image property of design:retail)

Rue21 is comparable to Charlotte Russe, Wetseal, American Eagle and Aeropostale, all which currently have locations within the Miller Hill Mall. The store sells both men and women's clothing along with accessories at some pretty low prices. Clothing is designed to appeal to 11-17 year olds who want to appear more mature and ultimately as if they are 21 years old... hence the 21 in the name. We personally think that more recently the company has switched to offering clothing geared more towards high schoolers. 

Construction on Rue21 is expected to begin in late January with an opening targeted for early Spring 2015.