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Here are all the businesses that opened, closed and moved this year in Fargo-Moorhead

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If you had to boil down all of the business activity in the F-M Metro this past year into two words, here are a couple to consider:



Compiled here is our reporting on the openings, closings and other major shifts in business from the year of 2017. And if you're looking for a trip down memory lane, here's 2016's list of business comings and going.


Fitness boutique Cyclebar opens in West Fargo, offering cycling classes.

Fargo burger joint King Leo’s goes out of business just over a year after opening near West Acres Shopping Center.

The closure of Sears in the West Acres Shopping Center is reported by Business Insider. The store is slated to close later in the year.

After 24 years in business, downtown Fargo’s VIP Room is sold to new owners.

Fargo-Moorhead’s last two remaining video rental stores, Premiere Video in West Fargo and Cash Wise Video in Fargo, go out of business.

Gigi’s Ice Lollies calls it quits after four years in business.

Lone Star Steakhouse closes after 23 years in business.

Insomnia Cookies, a New York- and Philadelphia-based bakery offering warm cookies, opens in downtown Fargo.

Clothing store New York & Company closes. It’s the third clothing store to close at West Acres Shopping Center in the matter of a few weeks.

Downtown Fargo’s Sazerac Alley reopens as Twist.

Lifetime RV moves from Moorhead to West Fargo.

Kitchen Gremlin, a downtown Fargo eatery with a family-friendly concept, closes after 14 months in business.

Simply Mac, a chain selling Apple products and accessories that also offered tech support and repair service, closes its store in West Acres Shopping Center.

The Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors announces a move a to nearly 11,000-square-foot building at 1535 42nd St. S., Fargo.

Amanda Bruns, a Fargo nurse, founds a lice removal service called The Nitty Nurse.

Vibra Healthcare, a 31-bed, speciality acute care hospital located at Sanford South University, announces plans to move into south Fargo’s new Sanford Medical Center in spring 2018.

Wayzata, Minn.-based food and ag product manufacturer Cargill announces that it will close its Fargo offices at the North Dakota State University Technology Incubator. The office is one of two in the Fargo area.

Women’s apparel retailer Wet Seal announces that it will close all 170 of its stores nationwide. The store in West Acres Shopping Center had been open since 2001 and was the fourth in a rapid series of store closings at the mall.

Vinyl Taco, a popular downtown Fargo restaurant, announces it will expand with a second location in Grand Forks.

Extreme Pita’s last location in the F-M area goes out of business. At one time, the restaurant had four locations.


West Fargo’s Cambria Hotel and Suites changes its name to DoubleTree by Hilton.

Pawn Pros announces it will open in the location of a former Payless Shoe Source on Fargo’s University Drive.

Fargo Tire Service Inc. closes its south Fargo location.

After nine years of operation, Dunn Bros. closes its 45th St. S. location, citing rising rent costs. Its 25th St. S. location remains open.

Urban Hair Salon relocates to downtown Moorhead’s Country Greenery building.

Rosey’s Bistro, a bar, grilled cheese bistro, and seafood and cheese market in the heart of downtown Fargo, announces an early March opening.

The Applebee’s location in West Fargo goes out of business.

The owner of Romo’s Tacos announces he will open a second restaurant, Magnolia’s, in downtown Fargo.

FM News, a longtime magazine and book store, reopens in south Fargo under new ownership.

Mehl’s Gluten-Free Bakery moves into a larger unit in a Fargo strip mall, adding coffee, meal options and shopping for home decor.


Fargo-based Vanity announces it will close about 140 stores, including the store in West Acres Shoping Center, after filing for bankruptcy protection.

Dakota Timber, a salvaged lumber company, moves into a new shop, showroom and sawmill in north Fargo.

Restaurant chain Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar opens a location in West Fargo nine years after closing its first North Dakota location in Grand Forks.

Big Yard Shop, an antiques and collectibles store, sets to open in north Fargo.

Global fashion retailer H&M announces that it will open a store at a proposed outlet center in south Fargo. They are the first confirmed tenant of the outlet center.

Fargo Stuff celebrates success under new ownership and with a new brick-and-mortar presence in downtown Fargo’s Office Sign Co. to complement its online sales.

Haven Salon opens in Moorhead and Pediatric Partners Neurobehavioral Health opens in Fargo.

Gordmans Stores files for bankruptcy after posting losses in five of the last six quarters and total debts listed at $131 billion.

Fargo Coffee opens on 19th Ave. N. in Fargo.

Paradise Donuts in south Fargo breaks away from its franchise and changes its name to Sweet Rings Donuts and Deli.

Allstate Insurance agent Michael Lapos moves his office into a former vintage shop in downtown Fargo.

Border Cities Service closes after 23 years in business. Development company 701 Collective purchases the building with plans to lease it to Darrell and Celena Randle, the couple that launched Daran’s Southern Soul Food.

RE/MAX Realty 1 moves its Moorhead office to Azool Retail Center.

After 12 years in business, Auto Doctors moves into a newly built shop space in West Fargo.

Perla’s Fresh Mexican, a south Fargo Mexican restaurant, closes its doors for a second time after reopening in the fall of 2016.

Helping Hands LLC, a first-of-its-kind store in North Dakota selling consigned goods and products purchased through liquidation sales, opens in West Fargo.

Hovland Healthcare Products opens in Moorhead offering items used in home modification to make homes more accessible.

AENDEE, an upcycled tie store, closes its storefront on Fargo’s 8th St. S. to focus on online sales.

The Sears store in West Acres Shopping Center closes. A Forum report looked at what the future might hold for retail jobs in the region.

Moorhead Electric acquires Fritz Electric, growing the former’s capacity for electrical contracting work and its workforce.


MyComb Salon,  a full-service men’s and women’s salon, opens in Fargo. Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. opens new branch in Fargo.

Blake Johnson and Wade Gronwald, both of Fargo, launch ax-water, a new line of infused waters made with aronia berries, which Johnson grows.

Electrical supply wholesaler Werner Electric Supply opens a new 18,000-foot distribution center in Fargo.

FM Integrative Health, a naturopathy clinic, opens in south Fargo.

Japanese restaurant Izumi Sushi opens a second location in south Fargo.

Grazies Italian Restaurant and Grill reopens in Fargo’s Multiband Tower with a revamped menu under new ownership.

The Dairy Queen in Dilworth, first opened in 1981, closes after being purchased by Casey’s General Stores of Ankeny, Iowa for an expansion of their next-door location.

U-Haul opens a new location in the former Sportsman’s Warehouse building in south Fargo, which had been vacant for more than five years.

Employment agency Heartland Labor moves into a renovated north Fargo office.

Sixth-generation chiropractor Broderick Schmidt opens Legacy Chiropractic and Wellness in Dilworth.

The north Fargo location of Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor closes after 37 years on operation. The owners cite a workforce shortage.

Moorhead Massage & Wellness Center opens in the basement of the Boost Mobile building on 8th St.

Be More Colorful, a new business offering 360-degree photos and photography suitable for virtual reality tours, begins operation out of the Prairie Den in downtown Fargo.

TruGreen announces that longtime owner, Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn, sold the Fargo franchise of the Tennessee-based lawn care company to Scott and Wendy Snyder.

The Moorhead Hornbacher’s location holds a grand reopening after an extensive renovation.

Chapel de Puzzled, a combination escape room and affordable wedding venue, opens in the Black Building in downtown Fargo.

A Moorhead couple opens The Cotton Candy Co., making custom, decorative cotton candy.


Two stores, men’s clothing retailer Halberstadt’s and Lux Spa, will expand their locations in West Acres Shopping Center, the mall announces.

Phone-n-Fix, a cellphone repair shop, opens in West Acres Shopping Center.

Downtown art store Art Materials closes its brick-and-mortar store to focus on online sales.

Herberger’s opens a new in-store shop focusing on locally made goods.

Candy shop Yeobo opens inside Unglued in downtown Fargo.

Kindred People, a women’s clothing boutique in Alexandria, Minn., announces it will open a second store in the downtown Fargo space formerly occupied by Art Materials.

Starbucks announces its intentions to open a location on 12th Ave. N. near NDSU.

TapJets Inc., a company that describes itself as the “Uber of private jets,” chooses to set up its company in Fargo.

Magnolia’s Restaurant, which had opened just three months prior, closes.

A new manufacturing facility creating 3-D printed prosthetics and orthotics, Protosthetics, opens in Fargo.

Abovo, a marketing and design company focusing on engaging experiences for millennials, sets up shop in Fargo.

The former Ramada hotel holds a grand opening to celebrate its change to a Delta by Marriott.

Jerry’s Bar, a landmark Moorhead watering hole that first opened in 1960, announced it would temporarily close as its ownership changes hands.

The Private Collection, a business that rents furniture and accessories to be used for home staging by home builders and realtors, opens in West Fargo.

A new brewery, Prairie Brothers Brewing Co., opens in south Fargo.

Juice It, a smoothie and juice bar, announces it will move into a former radio station building in downtown Fargo.

Cheesemonger Megan Lewis opens a new catering company, Milk Made, operating out of the space occupied by marketing company Abovo.

Restaurant Urban 42 takes over the location of the former Basies Restaurant and Lounge in the newly revamped Delta Hotels by Marriott.


Hash Interactive, a company specializing in web development and e-commerce, opens a new headquarters in Fargo.

Member-supported Prairie Fiber Arts Center, a new incarnation of Prairie Yarns, opens in Moorhead.

A Forum feature highlights three businesses opened recently by new Americans: Hair by Garmai, Now & Then Shoppe and Ambassador Cleaning.

A new brewery featuring beers with an “Irish flair,” Drumconrath Brewing, opens in Mapleton.

All three Romo’s Tacos locations in Fargo close unexpectedly as family reports that restaurateur Rodolfo Romo went missing.

Darbar Palace, a restaurant featuring the flavors of Pakistan, Iran, India and Nepal, opens in downtown Fargo.

Paul Anderson, the owner of the Stained Glass Workshop in Fargo, announces he will close after nearly 40 years in business.

Indulgence Baking Co. announces it will move its operation to Sanctuary Events Center in Fargo.

Pink Luxe Boutique announces a move to the former office of Artekta Architects in downtown Fargo.

Husband-and-wife team Fernando and Sara Hernandez open Tacos Trompo, a restaurant focusing on Mexican-style street food.

Pawn America announces it will close its Fargo store as part of the company’s Chapter 11 reorganization.

Fargo custom winery Uncorked announces it will close its doors for good.

Mr. Spindle, a Fargo-based home supply company, announces it will move to a larger facility.

The CEO of outdoors retailer Gander Mountain announces the Fargo store will close.

A $13.2 million Kilbourne Group project to transform a former Fargo school into an apartment complex, Woodrow Apartments, nears completion.

Werth Realty opens in Moorhead.


Aiming to replace the recently closed Dairy Queen, Kool Kone, a restaurant serving burgers and soft serve ice cream, announces it will open in Dilworth

i.d.k., a fine dining restaurant, opens in downtown Moorhead in the former Sarello’s location.

A sports card shop, Cardboard Kings, announces it will move to a new location in downtown Fargo.

Casey’s General Stores opens two new locations in Fargo.

A Cutting Edge Gallery of Jewelry, billing itself as a “museum for stones,” opens a new, larger location in south Fargo.

West Fargo native Matthew Christenson opens a new chiropractic clinic, Dakota Clinic of Chiropractic, in Fargo.

Vivie’s Boutique in downtown Fargo, announces it will change its name to JessieBlue.

Office supply retailer Office Depot announces it will reopen its Fargo store with a revamped design and smaller footprint.

A Fargo couple debuts Flannel Fizz Tonic & Soda at the downtown farmers market, offering craft sodas and tonic waters.

Bell Bank prepares to relocate its Fargo Southpointe branch to a new building.

Custom Express Car Wash announces its opening in the Brandt Crossing development in south Fargo.

Moorhead native Elizabeth Moore opens E. Moore Art Studio in Fargo.

Carter Broer and his wife, Melissa Broer, move to Fargo to bring a Window World franchise back to town.

Dakota Certified Development Corp. breaks ground on a new headquarters in Fargo.

Restaurateur Bob Kinkade changes the name of his catering company to Fargo Picnic and Quality Catering to focus on large corporate events.


Mother-and-daughter team Kelly Falk and Marceia Andreasen formally open their second Kindred People location in downtown Fargo.

The new owners of the former Jerry’s Bar in Moorhead reopen as Jerry's Original Music Club.

Fargo’s Green Mill location plans to convert to Crooked Pint Ale House, a Twin Cities-based chain known for its “nouveau urban pub” look.

A Perham couple, Alex and Bill Belquist, say they will open a restaurant in the former Rosie's Laundromat building in Fargo.

Two former Moorhead Spuds debut a potato-centric food truck, Potato Brothers, at Moorhead’s Junkyard Brewing.

Tru Blu Social Club opens in West Fargo, offering upscale steak and seafood options.

CoSchedule, a marketing productivity platform, moves into a new office in downtown Fargo.

Anne Carlsen Center announces that it will acquire Fargo's Dakota Orofacial Myology.

Midco breaks ground in Fargo on a new $12 million data center for business customers.

Blue Apple Walk-In Chiropractic opens in Fargo.

Fitness studio brand Solidcore opens its first location in Fargo.

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store opens in south Fargo.

Dakota Carrier Network, which is owned by 15 telecommunications companies, announces it will expand its operation with new 14,000-square-foot data center in Fargo.

Wasabi says it will move its popular downtown eatery into the former Metro Drug location being renovated by Kilbourne Group.

Kilbourne Group launches a food truck park at the site of the former Schumacher Goodyear building.

A new pet grooming business, Muddy Paws, opens in south Fargo.

Two former Vanity co-workers prepare to open Leela & Lavender, a new Fargo women’s clothing boutique.

Escape House Fargo opens in the downtown basement space formerly occupied by The New Direction

Riley Bader opens a Fargo location of her Bismarck-based PrimRose Boutique in downtown Fargo, offering women’s fashions.


Moorhead burger restaurant Crave Burger Co. announces it will open a Minot, N.D. location.

Challenge Nutrition and Jen’s Bakery announce they will open locations in a south Fargo shopping center.

White Banner Uniforms relocates to south Fargo after nearly 40 years in its downtown Fargo location.

Boston’s Pizza opens in West Fargo.

Power Plate Meals announces it will open a fifth location in downtown Fargo’s Roberts Commons, a Kilbourne Group development.

Revland Gallery and Cultural Event Center celebrates its grand opening in downtown Fargo.

Business services provider BNG breaks ground on a new Fargo building.

Clothing retailer Zumiez opens its fourth North Dakota location in West Acres Shopping Center.

Hornbacher’s announces it will open a new grocery store in West Fargo. The store is expected to open in fall 2018 and will be the company’s ninth store.

Fargo brewery Drekker announces it will open a second location in a rehabbed 14,000-square-foot building near downtown Fargo.

Eye2Eye Vision opens in Fargo.

Tootsie's Children's Boutique, a children’s clothing retailer, opens in south Fargo.

Sandwich restaurant chain Jimmy John’s opens a new location in south Fargo.

Women's clothing boutique Laurie's moves into a new south Fargo storefront.

Runnings, a retailer catering to farmers, hunters and others, opens a location in Moorhead.

Fargo-based clothing chain MODE announces it will close its Fargo location.


Nordic Needle, a longtime home needle arts enthusiasts in Fargo, announces it will close its doors.

Fargo optometry office Eyes on Broadway changes ownership.

Helping Hands LLC, which opened its doors in April, says it will move from its location in West Fargo to a larger store in north Fargo.

Skill Cutz Barbership & Salon in Fargo expands its operation and launches a new barber college.

Sabin General Store announces it will close.

Moore’s Shou Shu Martial Arts opens in Moorhead.

Retailer Beyond Running says it will open a second location in West Fargo.

Serenity Assisted Living says it will open a new 11,800-square-foot memory care building on its Dilworth campus.

Fast-casual pizza chain Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza opens its first location in North Dakota near West Acres Shopping Center in the former King Leo’s location.

Women’s clothing chain Torrid will open in Fargo’s TJ Maxx Plaza, an announcement says.

Krabbenhoft Real Estate opens a new office in Moorhead.

Daran’s Southern Soul Food opens in Fargo.

Fargo contracting firm Studs to Rugs closes abruptly, leaving customers with unfinished work and money concerns.

Everest Cafe opens in downtown Fargo’s Black Building in the former location of Romo’s Tacos.

Women’s clothing boutique Leela & Lavender opens in south Fargo.

Downtown Fargo gift shop and art gallery c.lizzy’s says it will close its store, but won’t go out of business.

Kilbourne Group announces that Scoop N Dough Candy Co. will open in its Roberts Commons location in downtown Fargo.

Express Carpet Cleaners opens in Moorhead.

Tailor Made Barber Studio and Aesthetics opens in the Moorhead Center Mall.

Coburn’s Inc., the parent company of grocery store chain Cash Wise, files plans to build a 51,763-square-foot store at the site of a proposed Fargo outlet mall.


Budget grocery chain ALDI opens a store in Dilworth with plans to open additional locations in Fargo and West Fargo.

A Twin Cities ownership group, Hemisphere Restaurant Partners, announces plans to open The Tavern Grill in south Fargo’s BLU Water Creek development.

Affairs by Brittany Inc. announces it will open a bridal boutique in downtown Fargo.

Pizza restaurant chain Spicy Pie closes its south Moorhead location.

Mattress Firm plans a new Fargo store in the site of the former location of Lone Star Steakhouse.

Women’s apparel retailer Dry Goods announces it will replace Aeropostale in the West Acres Shopping Center.

Retail giant Target says it is closing its stores in Fergus Falls and Hastings.

SHU by R&G, formerly R&G Shoes, announces it will close. The store was one of the tenants at West Acres Shopping Center.

The owner of Beads on Broadway announces she will retire and close her downtown Fargo store.

Lifestyle clothing and athletic gear brand lululemon opens in West Acres Shopping Center.

Reese & Riley's Olive Oil & Bistro Bar, a new specialty store and restaurant, opens in south Fargo.

Torrid, which operates 540 stores across the U.S. and Canada, including locations in Minot and Bismarck, opens in Fargo’s TJ Maxx Plaza.

The Nestor Tavern, which first opened around 1913 as the Nestor Cigar Store and has been at its current location since 1970, closes its doors. The property was purchased by Kilbourne Group in October, 2015.

Father-and-daughter team Jeff Kale and Erica Kale open Finders Keepers ND, a furniture and decor store, in a small downtown Fargo space previously used by Cardboard Kings.

Slurp Ramen, the first full ramen restaurant in Fargo, opens in the space also occupied by Wasabi sushi restaurant and Drunken Noodle.


Initial plans are filed for a new Dairy Queen location in south Fargo.

Pladson-Lau Chiropractic Clinic, located in the Moorhead Center Mall, changes hands.

West Fargo couple Shannon and Stephanie Myogeto open a Fargo franchise of Floor Coverings International.

Restaurant chain Johnny Rockets closes its location in West Acres Shopping Center.

Salt2O, the first dedicated flotation therapy spa in Fargo-Moorhead, opens for business.

Fargo entrepreneur Barry Maring opens North Dakota’s first franchise of the senior in-home care company Right at Home.

Fargo's first cidery, Wild Terra Cider & Brewing, opens in a completely renovated, century-old horse stable in north Fargo.

Larry's Auto Body, open since 1949 in Moorhead, changes ownership.

Java Chews, based in Valley City, N.D., finds success as a chewing tobacco alternative. The company was founded in June.

Myriad Mobile, a full-service mobile and web application development company headquartered in Fargo, acquires iNet Solutions Group, an ag-focused technology company based in Omaha, Neb.

The Moorhead City Council approves a tax exemption for Dr. Rodney Lee to open a new walk-in clinic in Moorhead, slated to open in the spring. Lee was the founder of several Rapid Care clinics, with locations in Fargo and Moorhead.

Fargo-Moorhead area's first gay bar since 2011, The Sanctuary Bar & Bistro, opens in town of less than 300 people.

Dakota Certified Development Corporation  announced it will move into new headquarters in south Fargo and change its name to Dakota Business Lending.

Fargo-based craft retalier Unglued  says it's closing its Sioux Falls location.

Real estate tech provider FBS acquired Solid Earth's Spring software platform, a first for the company.

The Spice Grille, an African-Caribbean restaurant, opens in the Moorhead Center Mall.

A new hotel is now being built near the new Sanford Medical Center in south Fargo.

Sanford Health announced that construction has begun on a new Courtyard by Marriott hotel near the new Sanford Medical Center in south Fargo.

Moorhead casual fine dining restaurant Usher's House  says it will close at the end of the year and reopen later in 2018 at a new Moorhead location.

After 14 years at its Broadway location, restaurant Josie's Corner  says it will close.

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Kris Kerzman

Kris Kerzman is a digital content producer for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He's also a dad, a board game enthusiast, and a sucker for an Oxford comma. He can be reached at (701) 241-5466 or You can follow him on Twitter at @kriskerzman.

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