Is the newest frontier of commercial real estate Craigslist? If this week is any indication, the answer to that question could be yes.
The infamous site is best known for its (very) seemy personals section, jobs listings of varying authenticity and high-volume sale section for mundane household items. As readers may be aware, Patch routinely combs Craigslist for our weekly "Best of Craigslist" article, which features the weirdest or wackiest posts we can find. Until recently, the "business" category was a pretty uneventful affair, mostly offering obsolete fax machines, lightly-used ergnomic chairs and other business detritus, with the occasional uber-creepy post for a "Hussmann Coffin Type Freezer" thrown in the mix.
But over the last month, and the last week in particular, a number of small Burnsville businesses and commericla properties have been posted on the site for sale. The list includes the Gateway Stop-N-Go gas station on Burnsville Parkway (the first to appear in Craigslist's business tab), but also a carwash, sewing shop, 35-year-old snowplowing business, a massage parlor, juice bar, and in a $2.25 million stake in a multi-tenant property located across from Costco.
Other Dakota County towns seem to be following the trend. A used car business is available in Savage, via Craigslist, along with a vacuum sales and repair shop in Lakeville, and a gourmet coffee shop in Eagan.