« Continue Browsing

e-mail article Print     e-mail article E-mail

Sherri Richards, Published November 19 2010

99 Bottles in Moorhead to carry craft beers, organic wines

Take one down and pass it around. 99 Bottles opens Monday.

The new retail liquor store at 924 Main Ave., Moorhead, will offer a wide selection of products, including organic wines and craft beers, its manager said.

“We want the store to be a destination,” said manager Rob Henne. “It’s a smaller store with a bright environment.”

The 1918 building had previously been home to a pet store, a small-engine repair shop, a dry cleaner and most recently the Knitty Gritty Café, a retail yarn store. It had been vacant for several years.

Kjersten Skatvold, 99 Bottles owner, received a two-year property tax exemption from the city, provided she makes improvements exceeding $150,000 and the business creates at least one full-time position.

“Everyone told me to tear it down,” Andy Skatvold, Kjersten’s husband, said about the building. “We saw there was a lot of potential here.”

The exterior is nearly unrecognizable from its former brick façade. The building is a piece of modern architecture, covered with blue and gray siding.

“It’s neat to see variety in design,” said Pete Doll, manager of development services with the city of Moorhead. “That’s what the city’s trying to achieve in redevelopment.”

Inside, the 3,200-square-foot space will feature 21 coolers, open coolers for flavored malt beverages and chilled wine. A nook of the store will be used for regular wine and beer tastings, Henne said. The 1-ounce samples will be offered at least twice a week, he said.

99 Bottles will also offer delivery, after the beginning of the year, Henne and the Skatvolds said. The store will have a pool of about 10 employees.

The Skatvolds had looked at the building, which was owned by the same company that had developed neighboring Walgreens, for about a year, and knew it would be a good site for something, perhaps a restaurant. Then they decided the neighborhood could be well-served by a liquor store.

Moorhead has a limit of 17 off-sale licenses, said city clerk Jill Wenger. The Skatvolds were license number 11, she said.

The Skatvolds have done much work in real estate development, both retail and office buildings, Andy said. They were originally involved with the Panchero’s Mexican restaurants in Fargo, Moorhead and Bismarck, but have since sold their stake in that franchise.

Business profile

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sherri Richards at (701) 241-5556