Demolition is underway at City Center, 615 Hennepin Ave. S., in preparation for a massive, $15 million overhaul designed to lure more tenants to the Downtown shopping center.
City Center's entrance at 7th Street and Nicollet Mall will be closed during the demolition work.
The makeover is part of an effort to make the shopping center more convenient for Downtown workers and residents. Brookfield Properties, which manages City Center, is actively courting grocers for a space at the corner of 7th Street and Nicollet Mall, said Betsy Buckley, a spokesperson for Brookfield.
"This is like a one-bag, two-bag kind of shopping place," she said.
Andrea Christensen, a retail broker for Colliers Turley Tucker Martin, said City Center is talking to national grocery chains but considering local grocers, too.
Lund's, Byerly's and Kowalski's have been mentioned as possibilities in news reports. The chains have looked at, and passed on, several other Downtown sites in recent years.
Besides luring grocers, Buckley said Brookfield is looking to bring several other new tenants to City Center, including a daycare and a place for quick medical services such as a Minute Clinic. The third floor will largely be reserved for offices.
The overhaul, scheduled to be completed by August 2005, will give the shopping center a whole new look and feel, Buckley said.
"It's going to be much lighter and much more open," she said.