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Updated plans for Fargo outlet mall show less retail, new grocery store

An artist's depiction of the Fargo Outlets at Timber Creek, a 300,000-square-foot outlet center a Fargo developer hopes to build at the northeast corner of Interstate 29 and 52nd Avenue South. (Special Forum News Service)1 / 2
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FARGO — New, more detailed site plans for an outlet mall filed with the city show less retail space than before and a new grocery store.

Developers at Property Resource Group earlier said the Fargo Outlets at Timber Creek would have about 300,000 square feet of retail space, but the new plans show around 220,000 square feet of retail.

The Planning Commission reviewed the plans on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Commissioners approved plat and zoning changes to reflect those plans.

PRG President Kevin Christianson couldn't be reached for comment.

The new plans show a 51,800-square-foot grocery store along with a car wash and liquor store in the northeast corner of the development just northeast of the 52nd Avenue South ramp on Interstate 29. It also shows a 100-plus room hotel that Christianson had discussed earlier.

The grocery store takes the place of a planned entertainment complex, which has taken the place of one of the seven buildings proposed for the mall. The 88,000-square-foot complex is labeled as "cinema/bowling/arcade" and "indoor sporting" on the plans.

Christianson said in May that he might not break ground this year as he had hoped because he was still working to sign up tenants. Though the retail sector was still reeling from the downsizing of major players such as Sears and Macy's, he said he still believed outlet malls would do well because most of the turmoil has been with traditional malls.

PRG has so far signed an H&M, which said in March it planned to open at Fargo Outlets. Brook Brothers and Destination XL, the company behind Casual Male XL, have shown interest, and Cinnabon has mentioned a franchising opportunity at the mall on its website.

Tu-Uyen Tran
Tran is an enterprise reporter with the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began his newspaper career in 1999 as a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald, now owned by Forum Communications. He began working for the Forum in September 2014. Tran grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington.
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