Just as Cabela’s dramatically changed downtown East Grand Forks and the Scheels superstore in Fargo pulls in visitors like a mini-Mall of America, so, too, will a newly massive Scheels presence in Grand Forks change shopping, traffic and visiting patterns for years to come.
Local chain has dibs on former Target spot, plans 2014 opening Passing shoppers offered curious glances as they walked by a press conference in progress inside the Scheels store in Grand Forks. Company president Steve M. Scheel stood at a podium in front of a backdrop adorned with Scheels logos and told a group of assembled members of the media a few feet from the store’s checkout lanes about the company’s plans to open a bigger, better store in Grand Forks.
The new Meadowbrook Home Furnishings and Gifts opened Sunday in Columbia Mall in the former Golf Center spot next to Macy’s and the food court. The existing Meadowbrook store, which also includes Urban Loft Designs, will remain open in the Grand Cities Mall.
A coffee shop that’s been in downtown Grand Forks for three years will close its doors today. Sarah Heitkamp, co-owner of the Porpoura Coffee House at 8 S. Third St., said it was a possibility that the owners discussed for months. The final decision happened recently, she said, after a neighboring clothing boutique stepped in with a proposal to expand their business.
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