South Fargo Happy Joe’s abruptly closes as owners announce retirement

Owners Mike and Cheryl Post have decided to get out of the pizza and ice cream business after a 45-year run in the metro area.

Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream located at 2511 S. University in Fargo has closed. David Samson / The Forum
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FARGO — After 45 years in the pizza business, Mike and Cheryl Post have decided to call it quits.

The owners of the south Fargo Happy Joe’s Pizza and Ice Cream, located at 2511 University Drive S., announced Tuesday, Nov. 16, that they are retiring immediately and that the Happy Joe’s will close.

“We have owned and ran the Happy Joe’s in South Fargo for 45 years and it has truly been magical,” the Posts stated via news release. “It has been our honor and privilege to know you and serve you over the past four and a half decades.”

In 2017, the Posts closed their Happy Joe’s franchise in north Fargo , citing staffing issues. "Our hands are so full at south Fargo, and I didn't have any supervisors or managers that I could move up there to cover it," Mike Post told The Forum at the time.

According to the news release, the Posts opted to get out of the pizza business to give a new owner an opportunity. The south Fargo shop is now up for sale and seeking a new franchisee. A classified advertisement in the Tuesday, Nov. 16, edition of The Forum stated that the 6,500-square-foot restaurant "comes fully furnished with equipment."


“This was not an easy decision, but we feel it’s time to give someone else a chance to be part of this amazing brand,” the news release stated. “We would love to see our legacy continue in Fargo, Moorhead and beyond as the expansion possibilities are endless.”

The Posts thanked both their customers and staff for their support over the past 45 years.

Those interested in franchising in the metro area are asked to call Kat Davidson at 678-485-8413 or email .

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Thomas Evanella is a reporter for The Forum. He's worked for The Forum for over three years, primarily reporting on business news. He's also the host of the InForum Business Beat podcast, which can be streamed at or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Reach him at or by calling 701-241-5518. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEvanella.
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