Saturday, March 07, 2009

New strip mall coming to EGF

East Grand Forks will soon be home to a new strip mall. The mall will be built directly west of Hugo's on 14th Street NE. The mall will offer around five spaces ranging in sizes from 1,500 to 3,000 square feet.

What types of businesses would you like to see locate in this new strip mall? What stores or restaurants should take a look at adding a location in East Grand Forks?

Thursday, March 05, 2009

GF Dining Thread #4

We haven't had a dining thread since last October so I really think one is in order. This is the place for restaurant reviews, discussion of restaurant comings and goings, and the types of restaurants and cuisines you would like to see in Grand Forks. In other words...time to be a better Marilyn Hagerty than Marilyn Hagerty. (We love you Marilyn.)

There have been plenty of changes lately in the local dining scene. Space Aliens recently opened in the building that formerly housed Bostons. Have you tried them yet? If so, share your reviews of the food, service, atmosphere, prices, etc. The Royal Fork has closed down after being a fixture in the Columbia Mall for around a quarter of a century. Do you miss it? Is the Golden Corral a decent replacement for the Royal Fork? Suite 49 also shut down recently after only a few years in business. Why did they fail? What type of restaurant should go into that building, in your opinion? How about Mama Maria's? They've reopened at a new location in East Grand Forks' Riverwalk Center. Is their food the same quality and/or value that it used to be when the restaurant was in Grand Forks? What's up with the old Dagwoods/Overtime Bar and Grill building? The windows have been boarded up lately. Is a new restaurant on the way?

Let's have fun with this, kids.

New University Village housing complex

Here's a sneak peek at the newest housing complex on the University of North Dakota campus.  The rendering above is of "Hamline Square" which is currently under construction just east of the Ralph Engelstad Arena in the University Village neighborhood.  Hamline Square is a pair of apartment buildings with studio, two, three, and four bedroom units.  The complex will feature underground parking.  Tentative rates range from $425 to $1300.  The buildings are set to open on August 1 of this year.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Grand Forks Guy is on Facebook

I'm now on Facebook and I would like to be your friend.

Check out my profile. :)

Monday, March 02, 2009

Changes at the mall

Several stores at Grand Forks' Columbia Mall have moved into new spaces or are preparing to do so.

Both Maurices and Victoria's Secret will be getting new spaces in the mall and have moved to temporary locations to prepare for the final move.  Victoria's Secret recently moved to a temporary location in the old Target wing of the mall and, in the near future, will move to the former Maurice's space which is being remodeled for the lingerie retailer.  Maurices has also moved to a temporary location in the Target wing in preparation for a move to their new location.

Tradehome Shoes is moving to the former Scott's Music space near Center Court.  Meanwhile, Scott's has moved to a larger location in the Sears wing.  The new Scott's brings together under one roof the Scott's retail store and also the "fine arts studio" formerly located downtown.  Lastly, SportsZone recently moved from Center Court to a larger space in the JC Penney wing.

Could this shuffling around of stores and remodeling of store spaces be connected to GK Development's longterm plans for the mall?  Have you heard about any other upcoming changes at Columbia Mall?