Moorhead's Northland Vapor and CBD store closes
Company social media post indicates the closure is temporary, but gives no date for reopening.
MOORHEAD — The Moorhead Northland Vapor & CBD store has temporarily closed.
The closing was announced recently on social media and with a sign on the front door of the downtown business at 118 8th St. S.
“Our location on 8th Street in Moorhead is currently closed! We will keep everyone updated through posts about when the store will be back up and running!” a March 15 post on the company’s Facebook page said. “If you typically visit this location, our store on Main Ave in Fargo has everything you could find at the Moorhead location, plus more! Go visit them and see all the amazing things they carry!”
The notice on the shop’s front door also promises a 20% discount for mentioning the sign.
The downtown Fargo Northland Vapor and CBD store opened earlier this year at 310 Main Ave., next to the Fryin’ Pan restaurant.
Northland Vapor has two other locations listed in the Fargo area: 3051 25th St. S., Suite W., and 4265 45th St. S., Suite 117.
The Forum has reached out to Northland Vapor for comment on the decision to close the Moorhead store.
The Moorhead City Council voted in October of 2021 to ban the sale of flavored nicotine vaping and tobacco products, with the ordinance to take effect Jan. 1 of 2022.
In mid-October 2021, Brad Erpelding, Northland Vapor's chief financial officer and executive vice president for retail, told WDAY News that the ban on flavored vaping and tobacco products would make the Moorhead store no longer economically viable. He told WDAY that the store would likely close if the ban took effect.
"Our business model is definitely not built on losing 55% of your sales, so yeah, economically, it will make no sense to keep this location open," Erpelding told WDAY.
Northland Vapor filed a lawsuit asserting that the law violated the Minnesota Constitution, and sought an injunction to prevent Moorhead’s ordinance from going into effect.
In February 2022, the Moorhead City Council approved an agreement that called for Northland to drop its lawsuit in exchange for the city ordinance to not take effect until Aug. 1, 2022.
According to the company’s website, Northland Vapor was founded in 2014. It specializes in selling CBD, Delta 8 and e-liquids (used in e-cigarettes).
CBD, or cannabidiol, is an active compound derived from cannabis plants that does not cause a high. Delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as Delta 8 THC), is a psychoactive substance found in cannabis plants.
Delta-8 and other isomers are illegal in North Dakota. Delta-8 is legal in Minnesota, but can contain no more than 0.3% of THC.