FARGO — After seven years doing business in downtown Fargo, a popular dog groomer is moving across the river to a new retail space at 814 Center Ave. in Moorhead.

Hotdog! Pet Salon owner Cristen Voeltz said the main reason for the move was a lack of parking.

"Downtown has changed a lot since we started down here. It’s great for restaurants and shops and stuff, but it’s gotten pretty difficult for people trying to get their dogs in and out. So, that was the main thing," she said. "Now, we get to plan that new space from scratch. We get to make the space work for us."

In June, the Moorhead City Council granted a $112,000 tax break to developer Andrew Skatvold for a new mixed-use redevelopment project along the downtown corridor. Work is underway to convert a vacant building at 814 Center Ave. into residential and commercial spaces. The project includes partial demolition of the back half of the business to create 5,400 square feet of retail space for four new businesses. Voeltz hopes to open in one of these new suites in late May or early June.

A rendering from Rhet Architecture of the mixed-use development coming to 814 Center Ave. in Moorhead. Special to The Forum
A rendering from Rhet Architecture of the mixed-use development coming to 814 Center Ave. in Moorhead. Special to The Forum

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Hotdog! Pet Salon is a full-service groomer that offers standard breed cuts and creative styling for dogs and cats. The business employs three full-time groomers, two part-time groomers and four part-time bathers.

As a resident of Moorhead, Voeltz said it's an exciting time to live and do business in the city.

"We're going to miss downtown, but we're super excited to be a part of Moorhead," she said.