Published June 05 2010
Trade Talk: Another Jimmy John’s opening in FargoA new Jimmy John’s sandwich shop is planned to open in mid-July to early August at 2511 Kirsten Lane in Fargo.
Troy Hocum and Darby Sheets of Alexandria, Minn., own the restaurant.
“I’ve always wanted to open a store in Fargo,” said Hocum, who also owns Jimmy John’s restaurants in Alexandria and Brainerd, Minn. “I’ve spent a lot of time there, and we’re excited to be a part of it.”
Hocum said Jimmy John’s is known for fresh, quality ingredients and speed, both in the store and on deliveries.
There are more than 1,000 Jimmy John’s restaurants, Hocum said.
“Even in the tough economic times, Jimmy John’s never slowed down. They were still growing extremely fast and still are,” Hocum said. “It’s just a good concept.”
There are two other Jimmy John’s in Fargo under different ownership.
Art supply store coming to Fargo
A specialty art supply store will be opening soon in downtown Fargo.
Art Materials, which has a Minneapolis location, plans to open a 3,805-square-foot store at 300 Broadway.
The business, owned by Larry and JoAnn Brown, will be called Art Materials/Uptown Pen.
The store will offer through its website and retail location 42,500 products and services, including traditional art supplies, gift items, photo albums, fine writing instruments, handmade papers from around the world, and creative products for children.
Services will include custom framing, pen engraving, corporate sales, school kits, airbrush repair, fine pen repair, and digital fine art reproduction.
Art Materials/Uptown Pen will also offer in-store vendor demonstrations and small classes or workshops, and it will spotlight artists’ work.
Larry Brown said he expects the store to open sometime in July.
ND Chamber of Commerce seeking new CEO
The North Dakota Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for chief executive officer.
Current CEO Dave MacIver announced in March that he will retire at the end of this year.
The Chamber board of directors has formed a search committee that will begin reviewing applications on July 1.
For application information, go online to www.ndchamber.com/employment.
MacIver, a 29-year Chamber veteran, started his career in Mandan, N.D. He led the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce until 2003 when he joined the Greater North Dakota Association, now the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber hopes to have a new CEO in place by Oct. 1, said Connie Fiest, board chairwoman.
South Africa trade mission successful
Six North Dakota agricultural equipment companies posted nearly $300,000 in sales in a recent trade mission to South Africa.
During the trip, the group attended the Nampo Agriculture Show in Bothville, South Africa, and met with agricultural equipment buyers.
Companies participating in the trade mission included Brandt Holdings, Fargo; Haybuster, Jamestown; Sund Manufacturing, Newburg; Summers Manufacturing, Devils Lake; WCCO Belting Inc., Wahpeton; and Convey-All, Hamilton.
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