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Happy Harry’s seeks third Fargo location, in city's southside

FARGO – Fargo might be getting a third Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop.

The location being eyed for a new store is 4001 53rd Ave. S., according to Dustin Mitzal, general manager for Happy Harry’s, which has two stores in Fargo and two in Grand Forks.

Mitzal said whether Fargo gets a third store will depend on whether the city approves a liquor license transfer involving the class “AB” alcoholic beverage license now held by Seasons at Rose Creek.

According to information provided by the city, Seasons at Rose Creek is looking to transfer its existing class “AB” license to Happy Harry’s for its proposed new location.

In turn, Seasons at Rose Creek is asking the city to issue it a new class “FA-Golf” liquor license.

The annual fee for a class “FA-Golf” license is $1,700, while the fee for a class “AB” license is $2,400.

However, the one-time issuance fee for a class “FA-Golf” license is about $60,000, while the issuance fee for a class “AB” license is about $150,000.

Once a business secures a license, it may sell it to another business.

The “A” in the class “AB” refers to on-sale, while the “B” refers to off-sale.

Fargo City Auditor Steve Sprague said sometimes a business will secure a certain kind of liquor license because it is the only one available, and he said that even though a business may have the legal right to make on-sale and off-sale liquor sales, it may choose to utilize only one aspect of the license.

Citing the pending request for a liquor license transfer, Mitzal declined to discuss details of Happy Harry’s plans.

Happy Harry’s Fargo locations are 1621 45th St. S. and 1125 19th Ave. N.

The city of Fargo’s Liquor Control Board will hear the transfer request Wednesday.

Any transfer would ultimately require City Commission approval.

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

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