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FARGO—Even as a "retailpocalypse" prompted by a shift to online shopping wipes out other stores, Hailee England isn't worried about the new business she manages in West Acres Shopping Center. The Fargo mall's newest retailer, Zumiez, opened Friday, Sept. 1, taking over the former Vanity space. The parent company of Vanity was headquartered in Fargo until it filed for bankruptcy protection this spring and closed more than 100 stores across the country.
FARGO—A local restaurant is getting some online love for its response to people digging through the trash. Rachel Nistler posted a photo to Twitter on Sunday, Aug. 27, of a sign that she said made her "very impressed" with Little Caesars, 1020 19th Ave. N. The sign is addressed to "the person going through our trash for their next meal," but it's the rest of the message that earned Nistler's post nearly 150 retweets and 900 likes by Tuesday morning, Aug. 29.
FARGO—New court documents shed some light on the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a Fargo restaurateur, including reports by a business partner that the man borrowed $25,000 from him and owed thousands to others before vanishing. Fargo Police Detective Joshua Loos, the lead detective on the case, filed a search warrant application earlier this summer asking Verizon Wireless to provide all call, text messaging and data records, as well as cell site and location information, for Rodolfo Romo Garcia's cellphone since May 28.
FARGO—Dunkin' Donuts could start moving closer to North Dakota, but the doughnut and coffee chain doesn't yet have expansion plans in the Peace Garden State. A Minnesota Public Radio article last month said the chain, based in Canton, Mass., is starting to move west with plans to open dozens more stores in the state after opening four coffeehouses in the Twin Cities area so far.
FARGO—ICSS Supply Co. was an "inside joke" that Seth Carlson thought up when he needed a name for his new salvaged lumber company in 2012. It's also been the source of many jokes lately, and Carlson is ready for his business to move on by changing the name to Dakota Timber Co. "I can tell you the No. 1 reason was because we were sick of people calling us ISIS," he said, referring to the Islamic State militant organization.
FARGO—Unemployment rates are on the rise in the Fargo-Moorhead area, and for North Dakota and Minnesota overall. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this week that North Dakota's not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 3.0 percent last month, up from 2.6 percent in November 2016 and 2.8 percent in December 2015. Minnesota, too, recorded an uptick to a not seasonally adjusted rate of 4.0 percent last month, up from 3.3 percent the previous month and 3.7 percent a year before.
FARGO—A first-of-its-kind expo will take over Scheels Arena this weekend and bring to mind plenty of warm summer memories, even in January. Explore Lake Life Expo, happening 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, costs $5 per person or $10 per family. North Dakota State University students will get free admission Friday with a valid student ID, and other visitors can get free admission with a Boat and Marine Products Show ticket.
FARGO—King Leo's has closed its doors, a little more than a year since a new incarnation of the old burger place opened near West Acres Shopping Center. The restaurant, which opened in November 2015 at 1443 42nd St. S., closed the night of Saturday, Dec. 31, according to a post on the business Facebook page. The short post also thanked customers for their business.
FARGO—Get ready for new dining, shopping and health care options—there are a lot of new area businesses in the works for 2017. Two new types of grocery stores will open, a popular campus hangout will reopen and two major developments will pop up in West Fargo. Some won't be done in 2017, including a possible new outlet center in south Fargo that developers might start building next year and start to open in 2018. But there will plenty of new businesses in the community by the time we get to next New Year's Eve.
FARGO—Darrell Randle knew the local food scene needed something when his former co-worker didn't know about grits, a Southern breakfast staple. "I had to show him pictures of it," he said. That's why the self-described "pioneer" and his wife are working to open North Dakota's first soul food restaurant and give the locals all the collard greens and uniquely seasoned chicken and meats they could want.