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Dave Olson, Published June 14 2013

Trade Talk: 109 Consign in Fargo closing

FARGO - The 109 Consign shop at 117 Broadway in Fargo is closing.

The store’s final day of business will be June 30.

The shop began about 30 years ago as a volunteer operation supporting the YWCA and became a privately operated store in 1999, said Karen Breivold, the store’s longtime manager.

Breivold said a variety of factors figure into the closing, including downtown parking rules, which she said give people just 90 minutes to shop, and the growth in the number of competing consignment shops and discount department stores in the metro area.

She said another factor was the store’s move about two years ago from its original location at 109 Broadway. Although the business didn’t move far, Breivold said it took time for some customers to find them again.

Breivold said 109 Consign has scheduled a clearance sale on its collectable and vintage jewelry from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, including today, until the store closes.

“It’s been a great run,” Breivold said. “People have been wonderful.”

West Fargo updates

Some updates on the many businesses and facilities looking to build in the area of 19th Avenue and Ninth Street East in West Fargo.

As announced last year, a Blarney Stone Restaurant similar to one in Bismarck will be going up soon in the area.

There are also plans for a Taco John’s.

In addition, there are plans for a 136-room Aloft Hotel in the area, though it’s possible those plans may be modified, city leaders say.

Much of the building activity is happening around an area where a convention center will soon be taking shape along with a Cambria Suites hotel.

The arrival of a convention center prompted the West Fargo City Council to join the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Membership will be official Sept. 1.

“The mayor said years ago that if we ever get a hotel and convention center, we will join the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau,” City Administrator James Brownlee said.

Redoux moves

Redoux, a home décor store featuring a blend of rustic and industrial reclaimed furniture and accessories, is opening today in its new location at 213 NP Ave. in downtown Fargo.

Redoux opened last November at 5 8th St. S. in Fargo, but owner Annie Poitra said she needed a larger location to keep inventory accessible to customers and to expand her furniture line.

“Our new location is over 1,000 square feet, which will allow me to bring more of my creations out of storage, as well as let me have a workshop on site,” Poitra said.

The new site will also house an art gallery featuring work from

local artists.

Redoux’s hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday.

Main branch shifts

United Community Bank will soon move out of its main branch location at 155 2nd St. S.W. in Perham, Minn., and open a new main branch at 301 W. Main St. in Perham.

The new main branch will open June 24.

United Community Bank will continue to maintain its other locations, including Dean’s Branch in Dean’s Market at 211 Market Drive, Perham; the Dent Branch, 101 1st Ave. N., Dent, Minn.; and the Frazee Branch, 122 W. Main, Frazee, Minn.

First Moorhead site

First International Bank & Trust has opened its first Moorhead location at 800 30th Ave. S.

First International Bank & Trust has 22 locations throughout North Dakota, Minnesota, and Arizona. Sites include three in Fargo and one in West Fargo.

The Fargo locations are: 3001 25th St. S., 4501 40th Ave. S. and 3101 Broadway. The West Fargo location is at 1350 13th Ave. E.

The grand opening of the Moorhead location will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday.

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