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Popular regional grocer chain files plans to build store at site of proposed Fargo outlet mall

An early artist's depiction of the Fargo Outlets at Timber Creek, a proposed new outlet center at the northeast corner of Interstate 29 and 52nd Avenue South in Fargo, as submitted to The Forum in November 2016. Special to The Forum1 / 2
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FARGO—Cash Wise will build its fourth grocery store in the community at the site of a proposed new outlet mall in south Fargo.

Coborn's Inc., the parent company of Cash Wise, filed plans with the city Oct. 20 to start building the foundation of a 51,763-square-foot new store at 4907 Timber Parkway S., which is just north of 52nd Avenue South and east of Interstate 29. That permit, which is for the foundation only, had a value of $1 million, according to city documents.

Coborn's also filed foundation plans with a value of $65,000 for a 2,160-square-foot car wash nearby at 4935 Timber Parkway S.

A copy of an email included with city documents alluded to a Coborn's-owned liquor store at 4985 Timber Parkway S. More details for the liquor store weren't available Monday.

Kevin Hurd, communications and engagement specialist for Coborn’s, confirmed that Cash Wise plans to build a 60,000-square-foot grocery store at the site, along with a freestanding liquor store, fuel pumps, car wash and a drive-thru Caribou Coffee. Construction is expected to start this year, with a target opening in mid-2018.

Cash Wise already has long had a presence in the community, with large stores at 1401 33rd St. S. in Fargo, 755 33rd Ave. E. in West Fargo and 3300 U.S. Highway 10 E. in Moorhead.

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But the chain's plans for its newest store are notable especially because of the location, which puts it on the northeastern corner of the proposed Fargo Outlets at Timber Creek shopping center now being planned by Property Resources Group.

“We are happy to provide our valued guests who live, work and shop in the south Fargo area with a more convenient Cash Wise location,” CEO and Chairman Chris Coborn said in a written statement.

It could also be the first building to start construction at that site, a large piece of land visible from both I-29 and 52nd Avenue South northeast of a Walmart store.

PRG's latest updates to the proposed outlet mall, which has made news since late last year and has been the site of preparatory construction activity to ready the ground months before that, were submitted to Fargo's Planning Commission for an Oct. 3 meeting. At that time, Fargo Outlets at Timber Creek's plans swapped out an 88,000-square-foot entertainment complex with a 51,800-square-foot grocery store with an included car wash and liquor store.

PRG President Kevin Christianson confirmed Monday that Cash Wise's store will be built on part of the land that is planned for this outlet mall. Plans for the outlet mall itself haven't yet been "cast in stone," he said, and the team is still working on finalizing those details.

"But yes, this is something that is going to happen," he said about the new Cash Wise store.

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Brooks Brothers and Destination XL, which is behind national chain Casual Male XL, have expressed interest in the past about opening stores at Fargo Outlets, while Cinnabon's website mentions a franchising opportunity at the forthcoming mall.

Fashion retailer H&M was the first store to announce its intentions to open at Fargo Outlets at Timber Creek, issuing a news release March 7 that said it planned to open a 25,000-square-foot retail store there in the fall of 2018.

The chain's American media relations team confirmed to The Forum in mid-August that it still planned to open its first Fargo store at Fargo Outlets sometime in the fall of 2018.

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson is the Features Editor for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He previously wrote for The Forum and the Grand Forks Herald.

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