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Dave Olson, Published July 12 2013

Trade Talk: Microtel chooses Moorhead for new $4M, 71-room hotel

Microtel Inn & Suites has chosen Moorhead over West Fargo as the location for a new hotel.

The Moorhead City Council recently approved a tax incentive package designed to help Microtel make its decision, and the company now is planning to build in the 2900 block of 11th Street South.

The eight-year property tax exemption provides for about $736,000 ($92,000 per year) in property tax savings.

The $4 million project will result in a 71-room, 13-suite hotel next to Interstate 94, and it is expected to create eight new full-time jobs in the city.

“This is great news for Moorhead, and will help spark momentum in the 30th Avenue South area,” said council member Brenda Elmer, who added she is hopeful the project will help convince Marcus Theatres, owner of the Safari Theater in south Moorhead, to reconsider its decision to sell the Safari.

Marcus Theatres has said it is looking to sell the Safari because it screens 35mm films, and installing digital equipment for a value-priced theater was deemed too expensive.

The company also has said if the building is sold it cannot be used as a movie house.

Tarp firm expands

Tarp Repair Services of Fargo has started construction on a 36,000-square-foot addition to its facility at 1230 40th St. N., where it has operated for about four years.

Meanwhile, the company has sold its other location at 4119 14th Ave. N., Fargo, where it has operated for several decades. Workers will move to the 40th Street location.

TRS manufactures and installs tarps for things such as trucks and boat lifts.

Shane Cossette, COO of the family-owned company, said the expansion project is valued at about $1.2 million.

“We’re a growing company – we’ve grown and added on several times over the years,” he said.

He said TRS, which is celebrating 30 years in business, hopes to have the new addition built by the end of the year.

Kittson store opens

Kittson Boutique has opened a store at 610 Main Ave. in downtown Fargo.

Entrepreneurs Tessa Hiney and Nicole Johnson are co-owners. They opened their first store in their hometown of Grand Forks in 2011, and they opened a store in Bismarck this past October.

Kittson Boutique specializes in unique clothing, jewelry, handbags, shoes and accessories.

Store hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Suit drive resumes

Men’s Wearhouse has launched its sixth annual National Suit Drive with a goal of collecting 150,000 gently used professional clothing items by the end of the month.

The clothing, including suites, shirts, jackets, ties, belts and shoes, will be used to give unemployed men a chance to look their best as they look for work.

In its first five years, the drive collected more than half a million pieces of business attire, including 120,000 suits.

Clothing donors will receive a coupon for 50 percent off the regular price of retail items, with some exceptions.

To donate, bring items to the Fargo Men’s Wearhouse, 4302 13th Ave. S.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is (701) 282-4386.

June busy at airport

Fargo’s Hector International Airport saw its busiest June ever with 33,891 boardings and 34,939 arrivals, for total passenger traffic of 68,830.

It has been a busy year in general for Hector International.

March 2013 was the airports busiest month ever, with 40,054 boardings and 42,474 arrivals. It also was the first time the airport’s boardings topped the 40,000 mark.

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