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Wendy Reuer, Published September 28 2012

Trade Talk: European market to open in mid-October

Downtown Fargo residents and visitors have something new to look forward to: A European Market is coming to the Eighth Street and Main Avenue neighborhood.

The shop is just a few doors down from Nichole’s Fine Pastry at 7 8th St. S. The market’s building is under renovation, but owner Katerina Berg said she hopes to open the shop by mid-October.

Russian-born Berg said she plans to have top-shelf European products, all from boutiques in Chicago or New York. She plans to stock meats such as salami and German sausages, and desserts and fine cheese.

New hotels

Two new hotels are planned on the southwest side of Fargo. A Sleep Inn and Comfort Inn were approved this month for building permits.

The Sleep Inn, at 4625 23rd Ave. S., is proposed as a three-story, 32,250-square-foot building, according to city records.

A Comfort Suites is planned at 4417 23rd Ave. S. at a cost of more than $4.7 million. The building is expected to be 56,171 square feet and four stories high.

Sleep Inn and Comfort Suites are members of the Choice Hotels family, the largest hotel chain in the world, which operates about 6,200 hotels internationally.

The rooms vary by hotel but are usually in the mid-priced range.

Quaker Steak & Lube

They’ve been promising an opening soon, first in August and then in November, but the Quaker Steak & Lube looks to be a reality soon. The former Redford’s Steak and Seafood at 1776 45th St. S. is being remodeled on the outside.

Passers-by on 45th Street may have seen the trucks and cranes that are likely transforming the former black- and reddish-toned building into Quaker Steak & Lube’s famed green and gold.

The motorsports-themed casual dining restaurant has more than 45 locations around the U.S. and Canada and is known for its wing and sauce varieties.

The Fargo store’s website is operational at www.the

lube.com/Fargo_ND, but no opening date has been posted.

Goodbye Fashion Bug

Moorhead will say goodbye to Fashion Bug and Fashion Bug Plus brands, which are being retired nationwide.

That’s the fancy term the women’s clothing store has slapping on “closing,” and for the Moorhead store along Highway 10 near Kmart, doors will close in January.

A store employee said new merchandise will continue to come in through the holiday shopping season. In the meantime, everything in the store is between 20 and 50 percent off regular prices.

Fargo on another list

Forbes Magazine named Fargo the second-best small place for business and careers.

The business mag ranked Fargo just below Sioux Falls, S.D., based on 12 statistics relating to job growth such as living and business costs, crime rates, and quality of life.

Fargo wasn’t the only North Dakota city to make the list, with Bismarck placing third and Grand Forks 23rd. Mankato, Minn., is the only Minnesota small city to crack the top 20 at No. 11. Rochester, Minn., ranked 39th.

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