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Toys 'R' Us to open within Macy's at West Acres, LEGO store moves to the EasTen Shopping Center, and more

Fargo’s Be More Colorful partnering with Job Service North Dakota to produce, offer virtual reality job experiences

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Toys 'R' Us will open within the West Acres Macy's store in Fargo this fall.
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FARGO — Toys 'R' Us will return to Fargo this fall thanks to a partnership between Macy's and WHP Global, the toy store's parent company.

Toys 'R' Us will open in every Macy's store in America this holiday season, beginning late July and rolling out through Oct. 15th. A Macy's spokesperson confirmed Toys 'R' Us will open at the West Acres Macy's by fall 2022.

The Toys 'R' Us in-store shops will range from 1,000 square feet and span up to 10,000 square feet in flagship locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco.

After filing for bankruptcy, Toys 'R' Us went out of business in 2018.

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Owner Zachary Nienas is pictured Wednesday, July 27, at Prairie Bricks, the third-party LEGO store he recently moved into Moorhead's EasTen Shopping Center at 3202 Hwy 10 East.
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Prairie Bricks moves to the EasTen Shopping Center

Prairie Bricks , a third-party LEGO store, has relocated from the Moorhead Center Mall to the EasTen Shopping Center at 3202 East Highway 10.

After debuting as a pop-up store during the 2020 holiday shopping season, owner Zachary Nienas opened a store at the Moorhead Center Mall in June of 2021. At the time, he explained that "third party" means the LEGOs he sells have had a previous owner, although some kits have never been opened.

Nienas said what sets him apart from Wamart and Target is that they can only sell modern LEGO sets. Aside from stores like Prairie Bricks, retired sets are only available through eBay or Bricklink, a site he described as "eBay for LEGOs."

Store hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Search "Prairie Bricks" on Facebook to follow the store's announcements.

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Matt and Katie Chaussee own and operate Be More Colorful located in the NDSU Research and Technology Park.
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Fargo’s Be More Colorful partners with Job Service North Dakota to produce, offer virtual reality job experiences

Be More Colorful, a virtual reality firm which produces a variety of job shadow simulations, has teamed up with Job Service North Dakota to offer their services to Job Service clients.

The 12-month pilot program will feature CareerViewXR, Be More Colorful’s library of job shadow experiences. CareerViewXR features everything from construction to healthcare and will be available to patrons at the Bismarck Workforce Center.

Pat Bertagnolli, executive director of Job Service North Dakota, expressed satisfaction with the pilot program. “This is an important partnership because it allows us to put clients into these very realistic environments to test-drive a job,” Bertagnolli said via press release. “The virtual reality experience is extremely powerful. People see themselves in specific environments doing real tasks and they know right away if it’s a place they can see themselves feeling comfortable and capable. The CareerViewXR experience is encouraging and inspiring.”

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Created by Be More Colorful, a virtual reality agency housed in NDSU's Research and Technology Park, the CareerViewXR platform aims to revolutionize how students explore career paths. "What we’re

Bertagnolli added that Job Service hopes to bring CareerViewXR to all nine of the state’s workforce centers. Additionally, the news release stated that Be More Colorful will produce up to five virtual reality experiences with Bismarck area employers. Those five experiences will be added to CareerViewXR’s existing library of 24 experiences.

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Amy Pollert shows VR technology to Lane Olesen at General Equipment in Fargo.
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Matt Chaussee, CEO of Be More Colorful stated that the company is “incredibly excited” about the partnership. “Career exploration is one of the most important components in making an effective career decision, but traditional job shadows and field trips are limited in capacity, difficult to schedule, and have all sorts of financial, time, safety, geographic and privacy constraints,” he said. “With CareerViewXR, whether its standing on an active wellsite, observing a trauma team inside an emergency room, or catching the view from the top of a live construction site, career seekers are provided an opportunity to explore all sorts of career pathways in a safe, efficient, cost-effective, and fun manner.”

CareerViewXR is geared towards viewers of all ages. It is in use at a growing number of school districts in the state. “This technology is helpful to us in a variety of ways,” said Workforce Services Director Phil Davis. “It is a tool to enhance meaningful career conversations with clients in our Workforce Center.”

Bismarck-area businesses interested in working with Be More Colorful are asked to call Job Service North Dakota at 701-328-5000.

Angie Wieck is the business editor for The Forum. Email her at awieck@forumcomm.com
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