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North Moorhead Starbucks to open Aug. 12, Burger Time parent company gobbling up other restaurants, and more

Check out what the business team is following this week.

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The Starbucks in the EasTen Shopping Center along U.S. Highway 10, Moorhead, as seen Monday, Aug. 1, 2022.
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MOORHEAD - The metro area’s newest Starbucks is nearly ready to become north Moorhead’s “third place.”

The coffee shop in the EasTen Shopping Center along Highway 10 East opens to the public Friday, Aug. 12, General Manager Barb Hugelen said.

“I think Highway 10 is ready for a coffee shop, because I don’t think there’s any out here,” Hugelen said Tuesday, Aug. 2. “I’m just excited to have this up in Moorhead. It’s just exciting that we’re going to be up here giving north Moorhead a smile and a cup of coffee.”

People “go to work, they go home and this is their third place - to relax and take time for themselves. Whether it’s with their friends or (for) a cup of coffee, this is their third place,” she said.

The shop has a drive-through, plenty of parking and a roomy outdoor patio. Fit-up appears to be nearly finished inside and out.

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Hugelen, who most recently managed the Starbucks on Fargo’s South University Drive, is hiring staff and getting them trained.

The newest shop, like most Starbucks, is owned by the corporation. (Some other Starbucks locations, like those in the neighboring Target at 3301 Highway 10 E., and the Barnes and Noble bookstore in south Fargo, are run under license with Starbucks.)

Hugelen said the new shop gets a lot of knocks on the doors from people hoping to get a quick jolt of java, including plenty of out-of-towners coming from Minnesota’s Lakes Country.

“I have tons of people who say, ‘I can’t wait until you open.’ Because they commute to downtown. And the Fargo people, a lot of them come this way, too, because they don't want to go way down south to (Fargo’s) Target. We’ll probably get a lot of that from north Fargo, because they don’t have a Starbucks.”

The coffee shop stands between the Arby’s restaurant and Tractor Supply Co. on the south side of the shopping center along U.S. Highway 10 E.

Beyond the Target Starbucks, Moorhead also has a Starbucks at 906 Holiday Drive, in the Holiday Mall near the intersection of Eighth Street South and Interstate 94.

There are several more Starbucks shops in Fargo.

Hugelen said excelling at drive-thru service will be key to the shop’s success. That’s not always easy, given that the coffee served at Starbucks is made to order, with a large number of drink combinations possible.

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“People love their coffee, but they want it quick and they want to be able to drive in and drive out,” she said.”We are going to have to be really, really good at drive-thru. People should be able to get in and out of here really quickly. We’re just going to have to deliver on efficiency and speed.”

West Fargo-based parent company of Burger Time restaurants gobbling up other small restaurants

BT Brands has an appetite for acquisition.

The corporation, the parent company of the Burger Time fast-food restaurant chain, is digging into an all-you-can-buy buffet.

This spring, BT Brands gobbled up Keegan’s Seafood Grill in Indian Rocks, Fla., and Pie in the Sky Coffee & Bakery in Woods Hole, Mass.

In June, the firm announced it had purchased more than 40% of the common stock for the Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern chain, which has six restaurants in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

And after the purchase, BT Brands installed a new CEO for Bagger Dave’s and new officers on the board of directors.

The Keegan’s and Pie in the Sky acquisitions were announced in May. The purchase of more than 11 million common shares of Bagger Dave’s stock for $1.26 million was announced in early June, through the Accesswire news release service.

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BT Brands, the group that owns the Burger Time restaurant chain in the Upper Midwest is intent on growing by acquisition.
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BT Brands also owns nine Burger Time restaurants in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, as well as a Dairy Queen in Ham Lake, Minn.

BT Brands made an initial public offering in November 2021. After the Pie in the Sky acquisition, CEO Gary Copperud said in a news release that the firm had “more than $10 million in cash available to pursue additional acquisitions."

BT Brands lists its address as 405 Main Ave. in West Fargo.

Chamber announces members of 2022-23 Leadership FMWF class

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce has announced the members of its 2022-2023 leadership program.

For more than 30 years, Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo has connected and developed leaders who greatly impact the community through dedication and service. Each year, the Chamber selects 40 emerging and existing leaders from all sectors of the community to participate in the 10-month program.

Members of the 2022-23 class and their organizations are as follows:

  • Ricot Aladin, North Dakota State University
  • Michael Amundson, West Fargo Events
  • Cavin Berube, Stantec Consulting Services
  • Preston Braathen, The Greenhouse
  • Patrick Buell, The Title Company
  • Ian Bullis, EagleRidge Development
  • Stephanie D'Ambrosio, Fargo Park District
  • Ben Doyle, American Crystal Sugar
  • Brent Eidsmoe, The Chamber
  • Jack Emmer, Ohnstad Twichell
  • Zach Frappier, EPIC Companies
  • Eric Fritchman, Gate City Bank
  • Bailey Fuchs, Vogel Law Firm
  • Ashley Goebel, Midco
  • Daniel Gunderson, Marsh McLennan Agency
  • Justin Gustafson, Property Resources Group
  • Ryan Johnson, Bell Bank
  • Eric Johnson, CMTA
  • Emily Jones, The Healing Studio and Creative Spirit Consulting
  • Kate Klemetson, Goldmark Property Management
  • Alexandrea Larson, Bolton & Menk Engineering
  • Laura Maeyaert, Eventide Senior Living Communities
  • Jodi McGregor, Microsoft
  • Jake Miller, Eide Bailly
  • Kali Mork, Fargo Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Ruth Navarro, Wanzek Construction
  • Madison Quamme, Flint Group
  • Brett Rathbone, Zerr Berg Architects
  • Rachel Richter Lordemann, city of West Fargo
  • Brett Saladin, CORE Property Group
  • Zachary Sandbakken, CCRI
  • Jordan Sauvageau, Red River Commodities
  • Brooklyn Sirek, MWC Advertising
  • Mark Sorenson, LFP Consulting
  • Steven Strack, Houston Engineering
  • Tyler Toy, First International Bank & Trust
  • Savannah Ward, Fling Group
  • JoVal Wettlaufer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
  • Alyssa Wixo, YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties
  • Shari Zimbelman, Beyond Realty

Since 1989, more than 1,000 graduates have been given the opportunity to build a diverse network of like-minded people with a shared commitment to the community and personal growth. The program exposes emerging and existing community leaders to the issues that face the region while challenging and engaging participants to strengthen the community through service and leadership.

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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