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Dave Olson, Published May 17 2013

Trade Talk: New Smiling Moose charms downtown lunch crowd

A Smiling Moose Deli has opened at 102 Broadway in Fargo.

The restaurant is the second Smiling Moose in Fargo owned by Williston native Nathan Everson.

The first opened about a year ago at 2877 45th St. S.

Everson said customer response at the downtown deli has been better than anticipated, and it has him thinking about a possible third location somewhere in town.

“You never know,” he said.

Everson said he is also considering opening Smiling Moose Delis elsewhere in North Dakota, including Grand Forks and Bismarck.

Smiling Moose Delis serve made-to-order salads, soups and sandwiches.

Hours at the new location are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Everson said lines can be long over the noon hour at the new store, but mobile device users can find an app on the company’s website that will let them “pick up their food by skipping the whole line.”

The website is at www.smilingmoosedeli.com.

The Smiling Moose Deli franchise was founded in 2003 in Colorado. It has since added locations in North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Texas and Indiana.

ND air travel up

Overall airline travel in North Dakota is up more than 10 percent from last year’s record-breaking numbers, according to the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission.

Williston, Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks airports all had their highest April boardings on record.

Williston led the growth with boarding numbers two and a half times higher than what they were in April 2012.

April boarding numbers for the state’s airports and the percentage change from April of last year are:

Bismarck, 17,635, a 6.9 percent increase; Devils Lake, 192, a 0.52 percent decrease; Dickinson, 1,307, a 37.9 percent decrease; Fargo, 28,279, a 3.3 percent increase; Grand Forks, 11,652, a 1.4 percent increase; Minot, 16,894, a 8.1 percent decrease; and Williston, 7,105, a 162 percent increase.

Paramount moves

Paramount Sports is dropping its kickstand in a new spot.

The sporting goods store has been doing business for about eight years at 4501 15th Ave. S., in Fargo.

By Memorial Day weekend, the store hopes to be in its new location at 2430 S. University Drive.

The store’s manager, who goes by “Big Mike,” said the new location will make it easier for customers to get to the store and provide a more family-friendly neighborhood in which to test drive bikes.

The store’s new location was formerly the home of Great Pets.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555