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Top Business Stories of 2013: Outlet Mall, New Mexican Grill and Cupcake

The top Eagan business stories by month in 2013 also include job cuts at Thomson Reuters.

January

New Restaurant, Retail Building, Proposed for Lexington-Diffley Neighborhood

The owner of the Diffley Marketplace wants to build a 5,580-square-foot, sit-down restaurant and a 9,424-square-foot retail building just east of the existing development.

February

Comcast Mailing Upsets Eagan Residents; Council Schedules Hearing to "Shed Light"

The Eagan City Council will host a special hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 19, to discuss a new set of potential Comcast fees.

March

Despite Economic Recovery, No Signs of a Slowdown at Eagan Resource Center

The Eagan & Lakeville Resource Center distributed 854,000 pounds of food in 2012, an significant increase over the 2011 total.

April

Eagan Council Approves Preliminary Design for $19 Million Outlet Mall Parking Ramp

The parking ramp would be built adjacent to Paragon Outlets' planned, 440,000-square-foot outlet mall in Eagan's Cedar Grove neighborhood.

May

Paragon Outlet Mall Groundbreaking Scheduled on June 4

Paragon officials are expected to unveil on Tuesday which brands and companies will locate in the soon-to-be-built mall.

June

At Groundbreaking, Paragon Officials Unveil Long List of Outlet Mall Tenants

The outlet mall will likely be completed in Aug. 2014, and will eventually house roughly 100 high-end stores.

July

New Mexican Grill Planned for Lexington Avenue Strip Mall

Plans for the Fiesta Cancun Mexican Restaurant sailed through both the Planning Commission and Eagan City Council.

August

Minneapolis' Cupcake Plans Eagan Restaurant

The new full-service restaurant is set to open in October, according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

September

Zep Vehicle Care Moves World Headquarters to Eagan

The company has set up shop at a 12,000 square foot facility on Waters Road.

October

Thomson Reuters Announces Another Round of Job Cuts

The company, which has an Eagan location, is cutting 3,000 jobs.

November

Ze's Diner Recognized for Excellence as a Small Business

The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce will present awards during an awards ceremony.

December

Cupcake in Eagan Opens by Week's End

The Mason Jar will open alongside the bakery, which is a Cupcake first.


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