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Iconic sign returns to the Dayton's building in Minneapolis

The sign has been gone for almost two decades.

An old friend returned to Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday in the form of the Dayton's sign.

The iconic sign has not been seen on the downtown thoroughfare since Dayton's department store was renamed Marshall Field's in 2001.

The building five years later became home to Macy's, until that too closed in 2017.

Now the Dayton's Building is being given new life in the form of the Dayton's Project, which is seeing the space transformed into a mixed use complex.

The $214 million project, which is due to be completed by spring 2020, includes a brand new food hall with a vendor selection curated by celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern.

The huge building (it's 12 stories, totaling about 1.2 million square feet) will also house restaurants and retail space, as well as the food hall, on the first two floors, while the upper levels of the building will be for office space, which will include a full-service gym, a rooftop park, a winter lounge and a library. 

Here's a look at what to expect when it's completed.

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