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.


Twin Cities customers still shopped on Black Friday — just not as many as past years

With a rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, numerous big box stores like Twin Cities-based Target and Best Buy decided to close this Thanksgiving and offer their sales early online and in stores to discourage large crowds visiting stores on Black Friday.


Amazon cloud service outage affects companies from Shipt to Roku

Some Twin Cities Shipt workers were unable to schedule orders to fulfill.


Consumers stocking up on at-home technology, boosting Best Buy results

Retailer's results benefited from holiday deals, but run may be temporary.


Mpls. retail experts launch online shop for small retailers spurred by COVID economy

Twin Cities retail experts launch Urban Rooster, where shoppers can buy products from local small businesses.


Minnesota retailers prepare for Black Friday with a bit of gray

Stores have spread out their holiday discounts to reduce crowds.


Target shares hit new high after results show shoppers are still pouring into its stores

Analysts say pandemic may keep sales up in 4th quarter but growth isn't sustainable.


At Twin Cities malls, it's Zoom Santa and wish lists shared through glass

Thanks to COVID, kids can't sit on the jolly old elf's lap, but they can still get face time.


Best Buy partners with Instacart to offer expanded same-day delivery

The arrangement widens the number of delivery options for shoppers.


Target to open mini Ulta Beauty shops within stores

The plan is to expand the mini shops to hundreds more, strengthening both brands.


Target-owned Shipt will give workers bonuses for Thanksgiving weekend work

The grocery-delivery company seeks to triple its workforce.