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Dave Olson and Heidi Shaffer, Published November 11 2011

Trade Talk: Hornbacher’s out of gas business

Gas-price-conscious consumers might have noticed that Osgood and Southgate Hornbacher’s fuel stations are switching over to Holiday stores.

But no need to worry. Those 4-, 8- and 12-cent-off gas coupons will still be printed with your grocery receipt, said Matt Leiseth, president of Hornbacher’s.

All six Fargo-Moorhead Hornbacher’s stores will now print the coupons, and all five Holiday stations (including the new Osgood and Southgate locations) will accept them.

The decision to switch was fueled by the partnership’s ability to expand the program.

“You really can’t build a fuel station in every parking lot,” Leiseth said of why Hornbacher’s handed its gas operations over to Holiday.

West Acres to get Bare Minerals, yogurt bar

Bare Minerals, a national cosmetics company that rose to popularity on QVC, is moving into West Acres next year.

The full-line store is set to open Jan. 27 next to Bath and Body Works, with construction beginning next week.

Across the mall in the Sears wing, a new self-serve yogurt bar is opening.

Passion Twist will open this fall in the space formerly occupied by Bleach Bright.

In the meantime, all of West Acres’ holiday kiosks are open for the season. This year’s vendors include Calendar Club, Go Games, Hickory Farms, Holiday Memories, Karmelkorn, See’s Candies and Zubaz.

In other yogurt news …

Tutti Frutti, which specializes in multi-flavored, multi-topping frozen yogurt, opened its second location this week at 32nd Avenue South and 25th Street in Fargo.

Readers can reach Forum business editor Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511 and Forum business reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555.