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Wendy Reuer, Published November 09 2012

Trade talk: Credit union building new Fargo location

First Community Credit Union is building a new Fargo location that will offer drive-up ATM and banking.

First Community Credit Union, with headquarters in Jamestown, N.D., is the state’s largest credit union with 14 locations across the state. The sole Fargo site opened in 2007 but quickly outgrew its space next to Meats by John & Wayne in the 45th Street Marketplace despite a remodel last year, said branch manager Nicholaus Woodard.

“It was a temporary fix, and we just needed more space,” Woodard said.

The new building at 4545 19th Ave. S. will be a little more than 7,000 square feet with three drive-thru lanes and a drive-up ATM.

Woodard said the credit union will also expand its staff when the new building is open, which will be in late spring or early summer 2013.

Motorists on their way to the current credit union site can’t miss the ongoing construction.

The road to 45th Street Marketplace off 19th Avenue has been closed this week due to the ongoing work.

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for Nov. 29.

Bob’s Photo at mall

A Bismarck-based photography shop will open soon in the former Ritz Camera shop at West Acres mall.

Alissa Sorum, West Acres marketing director, said Bob’s Photo will move into a 1,536-square-foot area in the JCPenney wing.

Bob’s Photo was founded by Bob Dolajak in 1979. Stores were located in both Gateway Mall and Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck. Today, a 6,000-square-foot store and production facility is located on Interstate Avenue in Bismarck.

Dolajak said he has long had customers from Fargo. He said the closing of Ritz Camera at West Acres and other smaller photo shops made a move east “the next logical step.”

Four of the former Ritz Camera employees will remain at Bob’s Photo, including Jessica Kingery, the store manager.

Bob’s Photo will offer a full-service photography shop: selling cameras and photo equipment, and offering services such as printing, online ordering and kiosks where shoppers can edit photos.

The store is expected to open within the month.

Kiosks are back

The official holiday shopping season will kick off with Black Friday on Nov. 23. In the meantime, another holiday tradition has begun with many holiday mall kiosk shops in place and ready for business.

These stores have opened inside West Acres mall and are ready for business:

Bopping Heads, Calendar Club, Go Games, Hickory Farms, Holiday Memories, Karmelkorn and Sheepskin Company.

See’s Candies and Zubaz will open in the next week.

Sheepskin Company and Bopping Heads are new this year. Sorum said

Bopping Heads, a bobble-head specialty shop, has signed a one-year-lease and will remain open in the mall after the holidays.

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

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