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Dave Olson, Published January 30 2014

Trio of stores setting up in West Fargo's Westgate Commons

WEST FARGO – A trio of stores – HomeGoods, Marshalls and rue21 – are setting up shop in the Westgate Commons, a strip mall in the 1500 block of 13th Ave. E. in West Fargo.

Tim Solberg, senior planner with the city of West Fargo, said this is the arrangement:

HomeGoods, a home furnishing store, and rue21, a clothing store that aims for a young demographic, are moving into space that once housed an Old Navy store.

Marshalls, a family apparel and home fashion retailer, is going into space that once was home to a Big Lots store and, before that, a Linens ’n Things.

HomeGoods and Marshalls both are operated by Massachusetts-based TJX Companies, which also is the parent company of T.J. Maxx.

Corporate offices for rue21 are in Pennsylvania.

The West Fargo rue21 store will be the third in North Dakota. The others are in Bismarck and Grand Forks.

The West Fargo rue21, which the company expects to open sometime in February, will have about 15 employees and offer an expanded “guys” department called rueGuy.

Matt Marshall, West Fargo’s director of economic development and community services, said it’s not clear when Marshalls and HomeGoods will open, but he said based on his visits to the store sites it could be March or April before they open their doors.

Messages left with TJX Companies were not returned.

Marshall said the new operations are a sign national chains are paying attention to what West Fargo has to offer when it comes to a growing customer base.

“We have the traffic. What we lack is space,” Marshall said, referring to the limited amount of property in the city that is available for commercial development.

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