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Tracy Frank, Published April 15 2010

Furniture store to open in Moorhead Center Mall

The Moorhead Center Mall has a new anchor store.

Furniture For Less, a full-line furniture store based in West Fargo, is opening a 30,000-square-foot store in the Moorhead Center Mall this summer. Remodeling is starting immediately, said Jeremy Horst, mall leasing director.

“It’s great to see a locally owned and operated business expand in our community, create new jobs and extend their reach to better serve Moorhead customers,” Horst said.

The mall is working on relocation plans for The Classic and Foss Drug, Horst said. The Classic will move to a vacant space across the hall from its current location. Plans for Foss Drug have not been finalized, Horst said.

“Both local and national businesses have expressed interest in the Moorhead Center Mall, and the opening of the furniture store will help gain momentum for additional stores to open in the near future,” he said.

Much of the space Furniture For Less will occupy has been vacant for the past few years. With the economic recession, Horst said the majority of national retailers are either not expanding or are closing stores.

“We’ve been working really hard on finding new tenants,” Horst said. “To find a new tenant like Furniture For Less, it’s a big win.”

Mary Kay Fabre, who owns Merle Norman Cosmetics in the mall, is excited about the new store and the possibilities it will bring.

“They do a lot of advertising, so I think it will create a lot more awareness for the Moorhead Center Mall,” she said. “Once they’re in, then we’ll just have more and more stores that want to come into the mall.”

Furniture For Less had been looking for another location and wanted a bigger Moorhead presence when the mall approached company officials about being an anchor store, said Barry Sundlie, who owns Furniture For Less with Darrell Hansen and Tom Birrenkott.

“They gave us an opportunity we couldn’t pass up,” he said.

Having a second location will help the business with its buying capabilities, Sundlie said.

“We’ll be able to offer even more competitive prices than we already have,” he said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526