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Wendy Reuer, Published September 14 2012

TRADE TALK: Ritz Camera in West Acres closing

After 20 years in business at West Acres mall in Fargo, the Ritz Camera store is expected to close.

News broke Monday that Ritz Camera & Image LLC had begun to liquidate and go out of business after failing to find a buyer through a bankruptcy auction.

The Fargo store manager said she could not comment on the matter.

West Acres Marketing Director Alissa Sorum confirmed the mall received notice the store would be closing but stated in an email that there has been no confirmed date.

“It came as a surprise to us, as this store was a strong location for them,” Sorum said.

The store is located on the west side of the mall in the JC Penney wing.

West Acres CEO Brad Schlossman said the store opened in 1992.

Sorum said the mall has a few options to fill the space but nothing specific.

“If timing allows, we would consider a short-term holiday use while we work to secure a long-term tenant,” she said.

Sorum said shoppers’ suggestions are always welcome.

In January, Forum readers suggested 20 stores they hoped would one day make an appearance at West Acres after the closing of Abercrombie & Fitch and PacSun.

The Loft – which opened Friday – was among the top 20 suggestions, which included clothing stores, coffee shops and home-goods specialty stores.

New business

While one Fargo business prepares to close, another opens.

CellCycle opened Sept. 4 at 3109 13th Ave. S.

Repair manager James Van Raden said the wireless device repair company works on all makes, models and carriers of cellphones and other wireless devices, including iPods and iPads.

CellCycle doesn’t only stand out with the array of devices it repairs. It also offers a promise to repair devices in 90 minutes or less or the job is free.

“We recognize everybody’s timelines are tight,” Van Raden said.

The locally owned and independent repair shop is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

New ownership

The city of Horace, N.D., will soon see a change at its sole convenience store.

The Kum & Go will become a Casey’s General Store.

The West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go, which operates convenience stores in Iowa, Missouri, and North Dakota, announced this week it is selling 22 stores to Casey’s.

“Our company is committed to carefully planned, strategic growth that’s evidenced by the fact that we’ll open 40 new stores this year alone,” Kyle J. Krause, Kum & Go president and CEO, said in a statement.

Most of the stores in the sale are located in Iowa, two are in Missouri. The Horace store is the only North Dakota location involved.

Casey’s is a Des Moines-based company that prefers to locate in cities of 5,000 or less.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530