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Business Opportunities

A charming Mainstreet. Accessible yet affordable lease locations. High visibility. Does your business belong in Hopkins?

During the past 100 years, Hopkins has evolved from a small rural town into a vital metropolitan community. For businesses and residents alike, Hopkins offers an appealing climate of historic charm and well-planned, aggressive growth.

Hopkins has small town strengths and metropolitan advantages. For your business, this means:

  • Competitive lease rates and ownership opportunities
  • Progressive, supportive City government
  • Strong police department and award-winning fire department
  • Free customer parking
  • Excellent access to I-494, I-394, and Hwy 169
  • Opportunities for marketing your business

Hopkins is located in the heart of an excellent demographic profile for all kinds of retail and commercial businesses.

Within a 5-mile radius of the heart of Hopkins, you’ll find:

  • A population of over 190,000 people
  • Over 36% of households earning more than $100,000 per year
  • Over 12,000 business establishments with over 228,000 employees


Location, historical identity, and plenty of daytime workers attract a healthy consumer base to downtown Mainstreet. Hopkins Center for the Arts, Stages Theatre Company and Hopkins Cinema 6 attract evening and weekend visitors that also frequent our unique restaurants, some of which feature live music and events! The Hopkins Farmers Market keeps Saturday mornings exciting all summer long.

Ample, free parking is located on streets, surface lots, and in the centrally-located Downtown Parking Ramp.

Resident surveys, market research, and City staff have identified some uses that are especially desirable and likely to succeed in our vibrant Downtown:

  • Unique restaurants
  • Arts-related businesses (galleries, art supply stores, arts and craft activity
  • Bicycle and recreation businesses
  • Family-friendly businesses

Office & Light Industrial

Hopkins is conveniently accessed from throughout the Metro Area by bike, car, and transit. Three stations for the Southwest LRT Transitway are proposed in Hopkins, and a major regional bicycle trailhead is located in the heart of the city. No matter what form of transportation your customers or employees need, they will be well-served in Hopkins.

This makes Hopkins an ideal location for all kinds of innovative businesses, from start-ups, to bio-medical firms, to light industrial uses. Such spaces can be found from 100 to 100,000 square feet, all at extremely competitive lease rates.

High Visibility

Within Hopkins there are many opportunities for businesses that rely on high visibility and steady vehicle traffic to succeed. As transit opportunities increase there will be even more opportunities to attract customers by being in the right location.

The following streets and traffic counts provide a starting point if you are looking for a site that won’t be missed:

  • Excelsior Blvd.—26,100 vehicles/day
  • Hwy. 7—35,500 vehicles/day
  • Blake Rd.—18,300 vehicles/day
  • Shady Oak Rd.—12,100 vehicles/day

Community Support

In Hopkins, you will be part of a community that wants you to succeed! In addition to marketing opportunities and technical assistance from City staff, there are many organizations that will provide a powerful network of support, including:

Questions? Contact the City of Hopkins at 952-935-8474.