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Ohana Holdings LLC has purchased this commercial and retail center at 1301 Miller Trunk Highway in Duluth. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Office, retail complex across from Miller Hill Mall in Duluth changes hands

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The owners of Mount Royal Shopping Center in Duluth have purchased an office and retail complex across from Miller Hill Mall that houses several businesses.

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The purchase of the 11,600-square-foot building at 1301 Miller Trunk Highway recently closed for $2.2 million, according to St. Louis County property records.

The one-story complex, which resembles a small strip mall, houses Miracle Ear, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, Associated Chiropractic Physicians and the law firm of Orman Nord & Hurd, with additional space for lease. Two of the law partners had owned the building.

The sale came as a surprise to some tenants.

“I wasn’t even aware it  was for sale until it sold,” said Mike Larson, manager of Miracle Ear, which has operated at the location for three years.

Larson learned that Ohana Holdings LLC was the new owner in a letter the retailer received May 12 that suggested it would be business as usual for the tenants.

Neither of the former owners responded to calls from the News Tribune last week.

“Usually when these types of sales happen, property owners themselves don’t want to take care of the property anymore,” Larson said. “It’s a big job. It’s easier to sell the building and rent from someone.”

The buyer, Ohana Holdings LLC, also is the listed owner of Skyline Court Motel at 4880 Miller Trunk Highway, and the refurbished gas station at Woodland Avenue and St. Marie Street, next to the Mount Royal Shopping Center, that now houses a dental clinic with space for another business.

But who is behind Ohana Holdings LLC is a mystery.

Ryan Boman of Melhus Management Co., which manages Ohana properties and has served as its spokesperson, didn’t return calls from the News Tribune last week.

But last year, he said a local family is behind Ohana Holdings LLC and that the family also owns the Mount Royal Shopping Center under a different limited liability corporation. Records show the shopping center is owned by PLB LLC, which has Boman as its agent listed with the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office. The adjacent Mount Royal Fine Foods is under different ownership.

According to county records, Ohana’s newly acquired commercial building at 1301 Miller Trunk Highway was built in 1933. For years, it served as a center for motor vehicle, drivers and other licenses.

“It has been a good location, a good building,” Larson said. “We’ve been very happy here.

He said the previous owners maintained the complex well. And he expects that to continue with the new owners.

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