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Published November 10, 2011, 10:19 PM

New Stores Take Over Old Grocery Store

An old grocery store has transformed into a lively strip mall.

Grand Forks has had its fair share of new stores and chain restaurants, but this new strip mall is different...

Robert Henry, a construction worker on site says, "It was an old grocery store and it was intact inside and we tore it down--took us about 2 1/2 months to strip it."

Kevin Ritterman, the president of Dakota commercial says, "Just a different variety...It's a location that's always been--it's always been a grocery store, it's in the center of the city. It's got good parking and visibility, it's going to look new on the outside as well as on the inside."

Trucks and tractors may fill the parking lots now but in a few short months, it'll be a different story.

"Both tenants should open sometime in December," said Ritterman.

"Oh it's growing...it's definitely growing and it's a good thing," said Henry.

Fuji--a Japanese steak house and Planet Fitness are two of the new storefronts moving in. The store owners are hoping their businesses can add some variety to the historic town.

"The current status is that we have about 2/3rds of the building leased today, Fuji Japanese Steak House and Planet Fitness and we have approximately 7-10 thousand square feet left to lease in the center of the building," said Ritterman.

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