Grove build continues in Grand Forks; developers are looking for tenants for the retail center
So far, there are three signed tenants. They are Tropical Smoothie Café, My Salon Suites and Palm Beach Tan. Plans call for 10 to 15 total tenants.
GRAND FORKS – The Grove is starting to take shape in south Grand Forks with three tenants signing leases. Those businesses will start with their build-outs in February and could be up and running by mid-May.
The Seeger family bought a 3-acre-plus parcel at the corner of 40th Avenue South and South Washington Street because it offered great visibility at a busy, lighted intersection, with easy access and ample parking.
The location of the center is booming with housing and business activity.
“It is really the only hard-corner, A-plus location in the city of Grand Forks that was left to develop,” he said. “We’ve been looking to build a development in Grand Forks because it’s our hometown.
“With the development, and the success of the district apartment buildings, Choice Health & Fitness, and all the homes and development on that corridor, we feel it was an opportune time to build a high-end, very appealing retail community on that parcel of land.”
Seeger and Dakota Commercial, which is leasing the space at the development, have three signed tenants. They are Tropical Smoothie Café, My Salon Suites and Palm Beach Tan. Plans call for 10 to 15 total tenants.
My Salon Suites, which moves into North Dakota for the first time, is a shared salon and will soon have more than 300 locations nationwide. Tropical Smoothie has more than 1,100 locations and Palm Beach is the largest indoor tanning salon chain in the country by revenue.
Negotiations are ongoing with other possible tenants, with hopes of bringing other national brand leaders to the Grand Forks community by early 2024.
Seeger, who now lives in the Twin Cities, is constructing three buildings on the site, two of which are nearing completion. Build-outs of the three leased businesses will begin soon.
Total project space is 27,800 square feet.
One of the highest priorities is to get an end-cap restaurant in the center. That could be anything from a sports bar or brewery-pub to a high-end restaurant.
Discussions have begun with other potential tenants, including a coffee shop, a pizza place, a dental clinic, a physical therapy business, a surgery center and a drive-up pharmacy. Three drive-thru opportunities have been incorporated into the plans.
Curtis Regan, of Dakota Commercial, said a clothing store or fitness club also could land in the buildings.
Grand Forks and North Dakota are especially attractive markets for national and regional businesses because of the stability and economy of the state, Seeger said.
“These are companies not currently doing business in the Grand Forks market. It’s something new and different,” Seeger said. “North Dakota has really been attractive for national and regional businesses looking for the right opportunity. The Grove seems to fit that.”