FARGO-Six years after the brand left Fargo, a North Dakota native has moved to town to open a Window World franchise here.
Carter Broer and his wife, Melissa Broer, moved to Fargo on July 6 to open Window World of Fargo, an independently owned business affiliated with the Window World franchise that's headquartered in Wilkesboro, N.C.
The 29-year-old entrepreneur said he was a carpenter for 12 years before he got into sales with the Window World branch in La Crosse, Wis. He also served as the warehouse manager of that branch.
"Right away, I saw the business model and how it was set up," he said. "I knew I wanted to eventually own a branch."
He got the chance after discussing it with corporate officials and going through four months of conversations to make a deal.
Fargo lost its Window World franchise in 2011. Broer said he's not sure why the previous owner closed down, but that departure meant Fargo was the closest market not already covered by the company when he was looking to open his own branch.
Window World was founded in 1995 and has since grown to selling and installing more than 1 million residential replacement windows annually for the last seven years, according to its website. Broer said the business, which works with two manufacturers for its windows, also offers entry doors, patio doors and siding.
The Fargo branch, 4331 12th Ave. N., is staffed by Broer and his wife, who will manage the office while he handles sales and manages local contractors hired to install products or do warranty work.
Broer said he was born in Bismarck and still has relatives in Fargo and Dickinson, another factor in his decision to sell the couple's house in Wisconsin and move to Fargo.