Lexstar News

Ground Breaking Ceremony for Hotel Build by Lexstar Construction

Another hotel build is underway! Lexstar Construction is building the new Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriot in Northfield, MN. This past week many celebrated by partaking in the wonderful ground breaking ceremony.

We are so EXCITED to be a part of this great community’s growth! Our very own Jim Potratz & Ryan McPadden are leading this build. Congratulations!



Veterans Square – Taking Shape!

The Veterans Square sign has been installed and things are taking shape as we continue to progress on the retail center space build located at Veterans Blvd and 40th Ave S in Fargo. Stop by for more information at 1635 43rd St South Fargo! Be the envy of other businesses by leasing one of these amazing spaces today!

Lexstar Construction, LLC is Awarded Fairfield Inn and Suites Project Located in Northfield, MN

Lexstar Construction, LLC located in Fargo, ND announced recently that it has been awarded the contract to build the Fairfield Inn and Suites project located along the Cannon River in downtown Northfield, MN. The project will feature a 4-story, 80-unit Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites. The hotel will include an exercise facility, indoor pool, lounge and a climate controlled underground parking structure. The property will overlook the beautiful Cannon River and feature a large deck along its banks.

Lexstar will team up with Lightowler Johnson & Associates of Fargo, ND along with WAI Continuum of St Paul, MN as Architects and Engineers. Rebound Hospitality, a locally owned company will serve as the developers. Rebound Hospitality owns and operates numerous hotels in Northfield, MN, Decorah, IA and Des Moines, IA.

The construction of the hotel will be overseen by Jim Potratz of Lexstar who will serve as project manager. Lexstar’s Ryan McPadden will supervise the build. Both Jim and Ryan are responsible for the recently completed Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham located in Fargo.

Construction is expected to commence in March of this year. The opening of the highly anticipated hotel is scheduled for April of 2018.

Lexstar Construction is very excited about this project and for the city of Northfield. “We look forward to another successful build”, Mr. Potratz stated. “This will be a gorgeous addition to downtown Northfield and of course the Cannon River”. “Lexstar is extremely proud to be part of this project”.

Lexstar completes Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham (Fargo, ND)

CONGRATULATIONS to our Lexstar Construction team for another successful build! The Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham located at 4014 17th Ave S, Fargo, ND 58103 opened for business this month (November, 2016).

We are proud of our team for their endless dedication to this beautiful project.  Jim Potratz and Ryan McPadden were in charge of this project from start to finish.

Tru Blu Social

New restaurant Tru Blu Social coming to West Fargo

Renderings of Tru Blu Social, a new restaurant expected to open in March or April 2017 in West Fargo. HAF Architecture / Special to The Forum


WEST FARGO—A new restaurant with two floors and upscale touches will open here in 2017.

Lexstar Construction announced earlier this week that work on Tru Blu Social will begin early this month on the corner of 19th Avenue East and Ninth Street in West Fargo just north of the Element Hotel.  The restaurant is expected to open next March or April (2017).

Tru Blu Social will feature cultured stone and brick inside and out, as well as hardwood floors and two levels. The upper main floor and lower level banquet area can be reserved for private parties and events.

The restaurant also will have a patio and an outdoor fireplace at the entrance.

Tru Blu Social is said to feature a full menu with items such as steak and seafood to lunch and evening specials, such as crab nights and prime rib nights. The menu also will include popovers and beer and cocktails from a full bar.

The new restaurant will be owned and operated by business partners Linda Young and Charlie Burrows, who also own Lucky’s 13 Pub, 4301 17th Ave. S., in Fargo.

Veterans Square – Fargo

Excerpts from Fargo Forum article-May 25, 2016 –  

FARGO—A new restaurant, shops and a seven-story condominium complex will be coming soon to a new development in southwest Fargo.

Veterans Square, a $30 million planned development on the northeast corner of the intersection of 40th Avenue South and Veterans Boulevard, could start to go up soon, said Kelly Parrett, broker and director of sales for Lexstar Realty, who said final plans were delivered late last week.

Lexstar’s CEO and President Robert Leslie said in an interview last month that the company bought the property in 2015.

The project includes four retail buildings—three multi-tenant structures and a standalone building that could house a restaurant—in addition to a separate seven-story condo building that will offer 29 “upper-end” units ranging from 2,500 to 2,800 square feet, Leslie said.

Parrett said several businesses are expected to lease retail space, including a Papa Murphy’s pizza place, a nail salon, a coffee shop and an upscale hair salon.

“We have some good retail outlets that are looking,” Leslie said.

Signs announcing the upcoming project went up on the property earlier this month, and Parrett said construction is slated to begin soon, with the first retail tenant expected to move in this September.

Work on the $18 million condo building also is expected to start soon and should take about 18 months to complete.

The entire project is expected to be done within the next two years, adding what Leslie called well-designed retail buildings and condos to the rapidly growing area not far from Sanford Health’s new hospital.

He said it’s an attractive location for housing because of its close proximity to several new West Fargo schools, including Sheyenne High School across Veterans Boulevard. The intentional development of the property all at once also means all the buildings will complement each other, he said.

The condo complex will boast two floors of parking, concrete walls, floors and ceilings for better safety and privacy, a rooftop patio with a hot tub, an exercise room and a glass elevator, according to Parrett.

Veterans Square’s retail units will be built by Lexstar Construction and marketed by Lexstar Realty. Re/Max Legacy Realty, a company owned by Leslie’s son, Robert Leslie Jr., will market the condos.

ND IDT Building – Bismarck, ND

Lexstar is near completion on this project for the IT department for the State of North Dakota. This 4-story, 85,000sf building is located on Normandy Street, Bismarck, North Dakota. The architectural design of this property has many Bismarck residents asking questions, wondering who is moving into this building. Congratulations ITD on your new space!