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Tracy Frank, Published September 15 2009

Fargo’s First Avenue North Taco Bell closing today

FARGO – Today is the last day Taco Bell on First Avenue North in Fargo will be open.

David Dunafon, of Columbia, Mo., who owns the property and 25 Taco Bell restaurants, said the 20-year franchise ran out and he decided not to continue operating in the 1001 1st Ave. N. location.

Employees have been offered jobs at other Fargo Taco Bell locations, Dunafon said.

The restaurant is in an area that has piqued the interest of developers.

In a story The Forum reported in July, John Serati of Fargo, who owns several Taco Bell restaurants with Dunafon, said he had received multiple inquiries from developers about the First Avenue property.

Dunafon said that had nothing to do with Taco Bell’s closing and he has “no idea at this point” whether the site will be developed into something else.

Read more in Wednesday’s Forum.