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DULUTH - After many discussions and careful review, Maurices will soon move its current headquarters on 105 West Superior Street into the new corporate tower being built downtown.
"We are, yes, donating this building, donating this building to our friends from the University of Minnesota Duluth," Maurices President George Goldfarb said. "And our associates can attest to it, it can't come soon enough that's for sure."
Company leaders said UMD is a great fit to move into their soon-to-be empty building.
"UMD was definitely the best. They've got a great community need,” said Goldfarb. “They’re bringing in programming and services to downtown Duluth.”
"This space will allow UMD to provide unprecedented community access to educational opportunities," University of Minnesota Chancellor Dr. Lendley Black said.
UMD plans to use the four story building to teach courses and maybe even entire degree programs suited for the downtown area.
"We intend to offer continuing education and certificate programs,” said Black. “We intend to host downtown classes for adult learners."
"It's also great for downtown professionals who are right here and now can take those courses at UMD after work," Duluth Mayor Don Ness said.
The 75,000 square foot facility will also be used to house academic conferences, expand higher education and K–12 partnerships in the downtown area.
"It's gonna be great for students,” said Ness. "To learn and to build partnerships, to build relationships that will hopefully allow them to then stay in Duluth after graduation."
Officials believe the downtown campus will offer more than just educational opportunities.
It's also a commitment to a thriving and vibrant downtown.
“We look forward to becoming your neighbors in a new way,” said Black. “Neighbors in the downtown of this beautiful city that we all call home."
Maurices anticipates moving into their new headquarters in December 2015.
UMD will move into Maurices current headquarters shortly after.