Originally purchased by Paster Enterprises in 1985, Mendota Plaza in Mendota Heights, Minn., underwent a minor facelift in 1989. In 2005, it became evident that the 60,000-sq.-ft. community shopping center needed a significant revitalization, and so the planning began. While developing the plans for the new and improved Mendota Plaza, Paster Enterprises worked tirelessly to acquire the adjacent eight acres of land. Along with several smaller parcels, the land was acquired, bringing the full parcel to 21.2 acres.
In 2008, the Preliminary Plan and Plat was presented to the City of Mendota Heights Planning Commission and City Council. After several public meetings, the plan was approved in January 2009 and the Final Plan and Plat received approval in April 2009…right in the middle of the worst commercial real estate market in recent memory. After a hard fought battle, Phase I of the redevelopment officially broke ground in April 2010.
Mendota Plaza Phase I, now complete, includes the remodel of the existing 48,000-sq.-ft. retail building, major parking improvements and significant landscaping enhancements, as well as the development of a 14,820-sq.-ft., stand-alone Walgreens. Joining Walgreens are Anytime Fitness, Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant, Subway and Tuesday Morning, as well as several medical practitioners.
Phase II of the Mendota Plaza redevelopment, scheduled to begin later this year, will include the addition of a four-story, 100,000-sq.-ft. senior housing facility, followed by a 7,600-sq.-ft. restaurant building, 12,000 sq. ft. of additional retail space, a 36,000-sq.-ft. office building and a 10,130-sq.-ft. childcare facility.
When complete, the comprehensive overhaul of this community destination will more than quadruple its original size. Mendota Plaza’s integrated layout offers a pedestrian friendly shopping center and mixed use development with ample gathering space, outdoor patios and a waterfront view of fountain adorned nature ponds.
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Promotions announced at REI
SEATTLE — Recreational Equipment Inc. announced that Sue Sallee joined the company in the newly created position of VP accounting and finance. The company has also promoted Angela Owen, Tim Spangler and Tom Vogl to SVPs of the merchandising, retail, and marketing divisions respectively.
Sallee will lead the accounting, finance, treasury, tax/payroll, and purchasing teams. She joins the co-op from T-Mobile USA where she had been employed since 2005. She most recently served as the company’s VP and controller. Sallee is a certified public accountant, and her career also includes accounting roles in other wireless companies. She started her career in public accounting as an auditor, primarily serving publicly-held companies.
In addition, REI’s board of directors recently approved the promotion of three of REI’s leadership team members to the position of senior vice president.
In her 21 years of REI service, Owen has led various merchandising functions, currently overseeing the division’s product assortment, financial planning, inventory management strategies and vendor partnership development. She was promoted fromVP merchandising. Owen also serves as board VP for The Conservation Alliance, a group of outdoor industry companies that funds and partners with organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values.
Spangler joined REI in 1993 and most recently served as VP retail, following other leadership roles within the company. Spangler oversees 114 stores and is accountable for all store field operations. He serves on the board of NatureBridge, an organization dedicated to engaging youth through national parks in the West.
Vogl joined REI in 2006 as VP marketing. Among his responsibilities, Vogl oversees brand creative and production, customer insights, advertising, direct mail, social media and marketing planning. He serves on the board of the Chief Seattle Council for the Boy Scouts of America and is himself a scoutmaster.
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Shops at Wiregrass hosts “Battle of the Bands” to raise money to fight blood cancer
The Shops at Wiregrass, in Wesley Chapel, Fla., partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to host a Battle of the Bands event in an effort to raise money to fight blood cancer.
Held Saturday, Feb. 19, the event featured four stages of live music and performances by 24 local bands. Two more fundraising events are planned — a parade celebration on March 12 and a golf tournament on April 1.
The Shops at Wiregrass, a Forest City Enterprises property, is a pedestrian lifestyle village featuring shopping, dining and entertainment options.