CityPlace announces three new tenants
Three new businesses are coming to Woodbury’s CityPlace development, and two of them are expected to open in the next couple of months.
CityPlace’s owners, the Florida-based Elion Partners and Minnesota’s Kraus-Anderson, have signed leases with Sur La Table, Qdoba Mexican Grill and CycleBar.
“This is a very exciting time,” said Elion Partners Managing Principal Juan DeAngulo said. “These tenants represent almost the completion of Phase 1. The other tenants have been open for a while, and now Phase 1 is practically complete. It’s very exciting for CityPlace.”
CycleBar and Qdoba will round out the Phase 1 portion of the project. Both businesses, DeAngulo said, should be opening by the end of March.
A new-to-market business, Woodbury’s CycleBar is one of three the company is bringing to Minnesota. Additional sites are under development in Plymouth and Minneapolis Uptown. The company website, cyclebar.com, cites CycleBar as providing “premium indoor cycling” with energizing rides and fitness programs tailored to experience levels.
“It’s a spinning class type of environment for exercise,” DeAngulo said. “We’re always thinking about the office use component of CityPlace. People want to be able to work out close to their offices, so this is a great use for us.”
While Qdoba Mexican Grill is not new to Minnesota -- there are eight locations in the state -- Woodbury’s will be the first on the east side of the Twin Cities metro area. Otherwise, the nearest locations are in Eagan or the Mall of America.
Part of a chain of fast-casual, fresh Mex restaurants, Qdoba serves tacos, made-to-order burritos and bowls, Mexican gumbo, quesadillas and taco salads. The menu can be viewed on the company’s website, qdoba.com.
“They’re all over the country,” DeAngulo said, “but we were very thrilled when they contacted us. We’re excited to have them on board, as well.”
As it is part of the Phase 2 development, Sur La Table will open later in the year, DeAngulo said. It will be located in a smaller building that is planned adjacent to the Whole Foods Market site at CityPlace.
That’s no accident, either. DeAngulo sees the kitchen retailer as “very complementary” for Whole Foods Market.
Sur La Table has one Minnesota location -- at 50th Street and France Avenue in Edina. Woodbury’s will be the second.
The retailer is known for its cooking and kitchen supplies, which include basics, hard-to-find specialty tools and cookware. It also operates the largest avocational cooking school, nationwide. For more information on Sur La Table, visit surlatable.com.
With Whole Foods Market and the La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings and Decor, Sur La Table makes the third business committed for Phase 2 development at CityPlace.
“Those are the ones that have been announced. We are working on a couple more that we are hoping to be able to announce very soon,” DeAngulo said.Demolition starts
The 116-room Residence Inn by Marriott seems to be growing up out of the ground along Radio Drive, and work on the Whole Foods Market frame is now clearly visible, as well. What isn’t as visible, at least not yet, is the demolition of the 400,000-square-foot former State Farm Insurance regional office building.
Kraus Anderson Realty Co. is overseeing the demolition, DeAngulo said. The contractors hired to take down the building are salvaging as much of the materials as possible. DeAngulo said the demolition will continue through the winter, as weather allows, and should be complete in three to four months.
“It will be a slow process,” he said, “but we have already started actively working on the marketing of the site to bring some new uses to that land.”