Reporter | Commercial real estate

Nicole Norfleet covers the fast-paced retail scene including industry giants Target and Best Buy. She previously covered commercial real estate and professional services.

Norfleet joined the Star Tribune's business team in the winter of 2015 after working as the St. Paul public safety reporter and holding various other metro assignments. She is originally from the East Coast, but now calls the East Side of St. Paul home. Norfleet and her partner Liz have one tabby son named Max and enjoy craft beer, Korean dramas and camping with family. She is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Target's sales grew $15B last year, more than last 11 combined

Now the Minneapolis-based retailer plans to invest $4B a year to be ready for whatever the next disruption will be.


Mpls. businesses are torn: Show confidence or board up for trial?

Some don't want to send a wrong message; others fear more damage could do them in.


Target's investment in stores — which paid off during pandemic — isn't over

The retailer has focused on store-centric fulfillment for years and it boosted growth during the pandemic.


Man killed in Duluth standoff is identified

The BCA is investigating the shooting that killed 37-year-old David Conwell.


Minnesota Department of Commerce doubles crisis benefits to help heat homes

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has doubled the amount of assistance families can qualify for to help cover the costs to heat their homes following…


Best Buy making changes to shift retailer further toward 'digital-first'

The Richfield-based retailer reckons with online shopping but it expects sales to slow.


Duluth-based Maurices' CEO retiring; former Express chief executive his successor

George Goldfarb has been CEO for a decade; he will be chairman emeritus of the company when he steps down.


How to save the aging Burnsville Center? New mall owner thinks the key is selling some buildings, land

City Council hosts a work session with stakeholders over the mall's future


Target names first chief growth officer, new marketing chief in executive shuffles

Several within Target's top management are taking new roles.


Minnesota stores see signs customers crave in-person shopping

Retailers large and small are seeing gradual increases in customers returning to stores.