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AROUND TOWN: More stores planned for 32nd

One more addition to one of Grand Forks' main retail strips will be underway by spring, according to a real estate broker working with the development.

Christopher Bjorke and John Hageman

One more addition to one of Grand Forks' main retail strips will be underway by spring, according to a real estate broker working with the development.

Marv Greenberg, with developer Dakota Commercial, said national retail companies are potential tenants for 100,000 square feet of new stores planned for 32nd Avenue South, between South Washington Street and South 17th Street.

He said he could not say any names yet, but said the new businesses could fit into the category of "junior box" stores, little siblings to the big box retailers.

Greenberg recently worked on the deal that brought Hobby Lobby to a location farther west on 32nd Avenue. When next year's project is finished it will leave about 20 acres available for development on that parcel of land.

Hotel planned near Alerus Center

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A Fargo-based developer submitted plans last week to construct an 83-bed La Quinta hotel near the Alerus Center.

Charles Hayes, who has built hotels elsewhere in North Dakota but not Grand Forks, hopes to break ground on the hotel in the next two weeks and open in mid-June 2014. He said prime locations for a hotel are on 32nd Avenue South and near the Alerus Center.

"And 32nd is pretty well filled up," Hayes said. "So if a you can't be on 32nd then you want to be as close to the Alerus Center as possible."

The La Quinta will be located at 4051 Garden View Drive, directly north of a planned Expressway Suites on 11th Avenue South.

Julie Rygg, executive director of the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, said there are 2,300 hotel rooms in Grand Forks currently. She said it's hard to say whether there's a big demand for more hotel rooms.

"There are some weekends with multiple events when we wish had more rooms, and then there are other times where business isn't as busy," Rygg said.

Ryan Brooks, the city's senior planner, said the hotel won't require a zoning change.

Food delivery

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For those in the Grand Forks area without the time or inclination to go out and get food, life got easier.

Food Dudes Delivery began serving Grand Forks on Monday. The business picks up food orders from the five area restaurants it works with and delivers them to customers for a $4.99 delivery fee, though tips are welcome, too.

Co-owner Cody Neuman said the business started about four years ago in St. Cloud, Minn., and expanded to Sioux Falls, S.D., and Fargo before coming to Grand Forks. The owners plan to open a Maple Grove, Minn., location soon.

The business processes orders, made by phone or online, from St. Cloud while partners oversee the other cities, managing drivers and working with restaurants.

The owners are trying to expand their roster of restaurants. So they work with Boardwalk Bar & Grill, Dickey's Barbecue Pit, Mamma Maria's, Paradiso and Shing Ya.

The company's website is FoodDudesDelivery.com.

Send business tips to Bjorke at cbjorke@gfherald.com and (701) 780-1117 or to Hageman at jhageman@gfherald.com or (701) 780-1244.

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