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Marco's Pizza, Wingstop close in southwest Fargo

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The Wingstop and Marco's Pizza restaurants, co-located at 2653 45th St. S., have both closed. Much of the equipment and furniture appeares to have already been removed from Marco's Pizza as of Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

FARGO - A Marco’s Pizza and Wingstop in south Fargo have both permanently closed.

The doors to the eateries, co-located at 2653 45th St. S., were locked Monday, Nov. 4.

Much of the equipment has already been removed from the pizzeria, with only piles of pizza boxes, plastic cups and other items remaining along two walls.

Wingstop’s equipment still largely appeared in place, though a couple of boxes of shirts and caps were parked by the front door.

The doors to both of the businesses had hand-lettered signs turning customers away.

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A hand-lettered sign, seen Monday, Nov. 4, tells potential customers that the Wingstop at 2653 45th St. S., Fargo, is now permanently closed. The Marco's Pizza shop next door has also closed. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

“Hey Marco’s fans,” read one of the signs. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ll be closed permanently. Our apologies for the inconvenience.”

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Wingstop opened in mid- to late-March in Fargo and Marco’s Pizza opened in early April.
Requests for comment from Anderson Franchise Investments, which ran the restaurants, were not returned Monday afternoon.

Anderson Franchise Investments also owns and operates seven Dairy Queen Grill and Chill locations in North Dakota and Minnesota, according to the LinkedIn profile of CFO Sandy Kundert.

Both the Wingstop and Marco’s shops were the Anderson Franchise Investments’ first with those franchises, Kundert had written.

Wingstop is an aviation-themed restaurant that specializes in chicken wings and tenders. The company started in Garland, Texas, in 1994. It began franchising in 1997. There are now more than 1,250 Wingstops open across the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.

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Marco’s was founded in Oregon, Ohio, in 1978, according to the company’s website. It has nearly 1,000 restaurants in the U.S., the website said.

Anderson Franchise Investments first opened People's Organic Cafe at the 45th Street South location in March 2014. It was replaced by a Perla's Fresh Mexican restaurant in 2016. Both restaurants were original concepts for the company.

Reese & Riley's operated there from November 2017 until March of 2018. That business is now located in the Azool Center, 935 37th Ave. S., Moorhead.

Two other Marco’s Pizza outlets remain open in the Fargo-Moorhead area. They are the shops at 675 13th Ave. E. in West Fargo, and 2502 S. University Drive, Fargo.

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A hand-lettered sign, seen Monday, Nov. 4, tells potential customers that the Wingstop at 2653 45th St. S., Fargo, is now permanently closed. The Marco's Pizza shop next door has also closed. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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