Inside Business: Take-and-make business opens
Fargo - Hungry for something different, but at the same time as familiar as homemade soup?
The new food business – whose official spelling uses an exclamation mark, as in Z!ing – describes its fare as a healthier version of the comfort foods people grew up with.
The twist: Customers place orders and pay for their food using an app on their smartphones.
Orders are picked up at the company’s pick-up center in Fargo, 3241 42nd Ave. S.
The building was formerly home to Thatzza Pizza.
The app used by Zing is available only for Android phones, but apps for iPhones and phones that use Windows will be available soon.
Meals are made from scratch, with a focus on minimizing additives and preservatives, said Jean Maaske, COO of Zing and one of its owners .
She said meals are also of the “take and make” variety, with everything on the menu ready to eat in 15 minutes or less.Items include pastas, wraps, pitas, and stews and soups.For more menu details and other information about the company, visit the Zing website at: www.zingdinner.com.Customer appreciationWest Acres has scheduled its first ever customer appreciation event Thursday through Saturday.As part of the festivities, shopping center staff, including top officials, will be out and about surprising shoppers by randomly paying for some purchases.The purchases might be anything from coffee and lunch, to a shirt or a pair of shoes.Customers also may register for prizes all three days, including more than $2,000 in mall cards and other prizes from West Acres stores.The area for registering will be near the food court.As part of the event, deep discounts, even on items already marked down, will be offered throughout the shopping center.The start of the appreciation event will coincide with the start of The Market at West Acres, which involves a partnership between the shopping center and Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society.This Thursday and every Thursday until Oct. 30, The Market will offer regionally grown produce, fresh bread, artisanal products, flowers, roasted nuts and more.It will be located near the mall’s northeast entrance and operate from noon to 7 p.m.For more information, visit: www.westacres.com.Juice It to openJuice It, a new smoothie and juice bar, is set to open Monday at 4302 13th Ave. S. in Fargo.The business, whose tagline is “Smooth blends for life,” will have the following hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.Chuck Ilogu owns the business. He said the shop will have about 10 employees.Ilogu said there is the possibility additional stores will open in the area in the future.Gas Stop to SubwayA vacant lot at 903 Main Ave. in Moorhead that was once home to the Gas Stop, a gas station known for cut-rate prices, may soon become a Subway restaurant.Ground has yet to be broken for the new Subway, but Lee Fowler, who will own the business with his brother, Jeff, said they are aiming for a Nov. 1 opening.The Gas Stop, which operated for many years and had a reputation for selling gasoline at prices lower than many competitors, closed in 2009 and was later torn down.The Fowlers operate a number of Subway stores in the area, including in Moorhead, Fargo, Dilworth, Wahpeton, N.D., and Fergus Falls, Minn.