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Inside Business: Soon-to-open Sonic seeks workers

Fargo  -- Fargo’s first Sonic American Drive-In could be up and running by Aug. 28.

Whether the store at 4470 28th Ave. S. opens by that date will depend on whether they have enough staff hired by then, said Abe Sakak of Hospitality Management & Integration, which holds the local franchise.

“Our management team has been busy gathering crew members to operate the drive-in. We still need more crew members to hire for the next two weeks,” Sakak said.

“We can’t wait to open our drive-in and introduce Sonic’s unique menu offerings and drink combinations to the Fargo community,” Sakak added.

He said the goal is to hire 125 workers and applications are being taken online at:

Hospitality Management & Integration operates a Sonic in Minot, N.D., and plans to open additional sites in the Dakotas.

Bottle Barn going up

Bottle Barn Liquors has started work on its new location at 32nd Avenue and Veterans Boulevard in West Fargo.

The 16,000-square-foot location will be similar in layout to Bottle Barn Liquor’s location on South University Drive, which opened last fall.

The new Veterans Boulevard location will feature a 5,000-square-foot bar and grill at the south end of the building and boast many amenities that can also be found at the South University Drive location, including:

E A 2,500-square-foot cooler;

E A 100-square-foot walk-in cigar humidor;

E A floor-to-ceiling fireplace.

The on-site restaurant, called the District Waterhouse and Kitchen, will offer tapas-style, smaller portion meals throughout the day in a casual environment

There will also be a wine-tasting bar, where customers will be able to sample wine anytime during regular hours.

In addition to the locations mentioned above, Bottle Barn Liquors has stores at 837 Ave. E. in West Fargo and 1314 1st Ave. N. in Moorhead.

Talking trade

Area companies interested in exploring their export potential to Brazil, Australia and New Zealand will have an opportunity in coming weeks to meet one-on-one with U.S. Commercial Service specialists with expertise with those nations.

The U.S. Commercial Service will develop customized initial research information for each company in preparation for the one-on-one meetings.

There is a $60 charge for the meetings.

Vania Resende, A USCS official from Brazil, will be in the Fargo-Moorhead area Aug. 20-22.

Doug Hartley, a USCS official from Australia and Janet Coulthart, a USCS official from New Zealand, will be in the Fargo area from Sept. 8-11, during Big Iron.

For more information, contact Heather Ranck at (701) 239-5080 or

ND boosts ranking

A new report that tracks upward mobility in the United States over the past 40 years found that North Dakota’s overall opportunity score improved from 17th place in 1970 to eighth place in 2010.

The report by Opportunity Nation and Measure of America was based on an analysis of a number of economic indicators.

It found that North Dakota was one of just five states that managed to improve its economy scores during the past four decades.

Also, North Dakota was the only state that did not experience a rise in unemployment over that same period.

Minnesota’s overall opportunity score ranked the state fifth in the nation in 1970 and 2010, the report said.

Opportunity Nation is a bipartisan, national campaign comprised of more than 300 businesses, educational institutions, nonprofits and civic organizations working together to expand economic mobility and close the opportunity gap in America.

Measure of America is a project of the Social Science Research Council.

Dave Olson
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