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Published June 22, 2013, 11:00 AM

Trade Talk: West Acres seeks ideas to replace McDonald's

FARGO - McDonald’s in the West Acres mall closed up shop on Friday after the eatery decided not to renew its lease. What takes its place may be entirely up to you.

By: Dave Olson, INFORUM

FARGO - McDonald’s in the West Acres mall closed up shop on Friday after the eatery decided not to renew its lease.

What takes its place may be entirely up to you.

Beginning this coming week, the mall will ask visitors to suggest what eatery they want to see in the mall.

People can also text their suggestions on the mall’s Facebook page.

West Acres can’t guarantee that the restaurant with the most support will replace McDonald’s, but mall officials will pass the information on to the restaurants nominated to let them know what customers want.

McDonald’s was in the mall for about 12 years.

A spokesman for the company that operates area McDonald’s restaurants declined to discuss details of the decision to close the West Acres store.

Other changes in food offerings at West Acres include the anticipated opening July 8 of a Chili’s Grill & Bar and a Panera Bread store slated to open in the fall.

Lemke expansion

Lemke Home Improvement in Moorhead will embark on an expansion project this fall that will result in a steel frame building that will be used for storage, light manufacturing and office space.

The company, located at 2262 26th St. S., installs seamless steel siding, aluminum gutters, soffit and fascia, and also does onsite product production.

The company received a tax break from the city of Moorhead of about $45,820 for the proposed addition.

The company has 12 full-time and two part-time employees. With the expansion, which is expected to be completed in 2014, the company anticipates it will hire two additional full-time employees who are expected to earn $28 an hour, exclusive of benefits.

Bell, Eide make list

Two Fargo-based companies have landed top spots in the Star Tribune’s 2013 list of top 100 workplaces in Minnesota.

Bell State Bank & Trust ranked second among the top 30 mid-sized businesses on the list.

Accounting firm Eide Bailly ranked 24th among the 30 mid-sized companies on the list.

Eide Bailly does tax work and provides assurance services, which deal with verifying that financial statements are fairly represented. The company also provides other services in areas such as technology, employee benefit administration, state and local taxes and estate and financial planning.

According to the Star Tribune, workers of companies that made the list said they loved their jobs because the firms they work for are places that emphasize fun, benefits, community giving and are creative workplaces that inspire hard work and loyalty.

Safari still for sale

The Safari 7 Cinema in Moorhead remains for sale and for now, at least, there will be no change in its operation, said Carlo Petrick, communications manager for Milwaukee-based Marcus Theatres, which owns the Safari.

The company said in February that the movie house, which opened in 1972, was for sale and that it would stay open until a buyer came along who would agree not to use the building as a movie theater.

Marcus Theatres said it decided to sell the Safari because it screens 35mm films and installing digital equipment for a value-priced theater was deemed too expensive.

The Safari shows older movies with a ticket price of $2.50.

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