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Dave Olson, Published March 07 2014

Inside Business: Asian bakery shop opens in Fargo

Bun Appetit has opened at 623 NP Ave. in downtown Fargo.

Keng Dechawuth, who owns the Asian bakery with his sister-in-law, Adisara Khan, said business has been brisk since doors opened about a week ago.

“They like it,” he said, referring to customer reaction to the shop’s Asian pastry-style offerings, which include egg tarts and buns with a variety of fillings, including coconut buns and Mexican coffee buns.

The shop is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The phone number at the store is (701) 541-4441.

Scheels growing

Fargo-based Scheels is adding to its chain of sporting goods stores with a new location in the Apache Mall in Rochester, Minn.

The store is expected to open in the spring of 2015.

With another store expected to open next year in Overland Park, Kan., the total number of Scheels stores will reach 26 in 2015.

With the completion of the Overland Park store, Scheels will have locations in 11 states, including North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Nevada, Illinois and Utah.

Unlike typical sporting goods stores or department stores, the new Scheels in Rochester will be a collection of entertainment venues, specialty shops and boutiques.

“We are excited to bring our 144,000-square-foot Scheels to Rochester,” said Steve M. Scheel, the company’s president.

“Whether it is women’s sportswear and fashion footwear, biking, running, golfing, or hunting and fishing, the Apache Mall is a great location for Scheels and our customers 100 miles and more in every direction,” Scheel added.

Construction on the Rochester store will start this month.

Moorhead directory

The city of Moorhead is launching a new business directory that will allow someone to search for a Moorhead-only business alphabetically, though other businesses in the region also will be included in the directory, said Matt Maslowski, economic development director for the city.

The directory may be found on the city’s website at www.cityofmoorhead.com under the “Business” tab.

City officials are encouraging business owners to submit information about their operations for the directory, which can be done online.

Fergus Falls Kmart

The Kmart store in Fergus Falls, Minn., will close by mid-March.

The store began a liquidation sale in early January, according to Howard Reifs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holdings, which owns Kmart.

Reifs said the Fergus Falls location has 40 employees, most of them part-time and hourly workers.

He said eligible employees will receive severance pay and have the opportunity to apply for open positions at other Sears and Kmart stores.

Reifs said the closing of the Fergus Falls Kmart store and the closing of a store in Alexandria, Minn., that is set for mid-May are part of an effort Kmart is making to reduce expenses and change its business model.

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