In a city Planning Commission document, Floor and Decor says it wants to repurpose the recently closed AMC Theater at 12575 Elm Creek Blvd. N into its first Minnesota location. According to the document, this flooring store is excited to make its debut in Maple Grove and hopes it will serve as “a flagship store for the Floor and Decor brand in the market and will draw a large customer base from throughout the region.”
Floor and Decor will fill an important vacant space in Maple Grove, one that is visible to thousands of passing cars every day. The theater was among the first things travelers saw when they entered Maple Grove on I-94 West.
The store would be the second large-format home improvement retailer in the area. Home Depot opened a new store across from Arbor Lakes last year, but Floor and Decor has plans for a different kind of business model.
In 2000, the first Floor and Decor was opened in Atlanta, Georgia. The company was founded on the idea that hard surface flooring should be available to anyone, anywhere — and not just through large “big box” retailers. Today, Floor and Decor has 153 stores in 33 states.
But since its inception, the company has yet to break into Minnesota. Until now. The existing AMC Maple Grove 20 theater is being converted for use as a retail warehouse space for Floor and Decor’s products. The store will include 40-50 employees, with just over half of them full-time.
A proposal to build a new movie theater in Maple Grove is set to be reviewed by the city’s Planning Commission later this month. The four-screen theater would be built on the site of the former AMC Theater near Elm Creek Boulevard and I-94. In addition, three adjacent properties located on the site would be redeveloped into retail or restaurant space.
The Maple Grove Planning Commission will take up the proposal on Jan. 31, with the full City Council expected to weigh in at an upcoming meeting. The AMC Theater, open since June of 2001, closed with little warning earlier this month. Its shuttering means Maple Grove no longer has a movie theater, with the nearest cinema in Coon Rapids.