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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published May 30 2013

Home Depot to open store in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. – Home Depot announced that it will open a satellite store in Williston this summer, a signal to local officials that other big-box retailers could be on the way.

Home Depot purchased a building in Williston that will be renovated to a store that will employ 15 to 25 people, said manager Jason Barker.

The satellite store will test the Williston market and eventually could become a full-sized store, Barker said.

Home Depot opened a small temporary store in Minot on May 1 while a permanent store is being constructed. The temporary trailer has about 70 items, but customers can order any item from the Fargo Home Depot and have it shipped there at no extra cost the following day, Barker said.

“We’re excited about the growth of North Dakota,” Barker said.

The announcement is big news in Williston, where commercial development has been slower than officials would like, said Shawn Wenko, assistant economic development director.

While major chains have expressed interest in Williston, the lack of affordable housing makes it challenging to find a workforce, Wenko said.

But the Home Depot announcement, along with the opening this week of a Buffalo Wild Wings in Williston, could prompt other businesses to follow, Wenko said.

“I think it’s a sign for some big things on the horizon,” Wenko said.

The Williston Home Depot will be in the former Derrick Equipment Co. building at 13960 W. Front St.