Bismarck's Kirkwood Mall to get a face-lift

Feb 8, 2018
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

50 years ago, ground was broken for Bismarck’s Kirkwood Mall.

Now, the Mall is undergoing a face-lift.

Part of the reason for it was a flood the mall suffered a year ago. Proceeds from the insurance settlement will help pay for the renovation.

Plans include new flooring, new paint, new chairs and places for people to stand or sit around small tables.

Keith Grotewald owns Lee’s Hallmark, one of the original stores in the mall, opening in 1970. He said the mall has changed along with shoppers’ wants and needs.

ND retailers expect a good Christmas shopping season

Nov 22, 2016
Courtesy ND Retail Association

The president of the North Dakota Retail Association says he expects a good Christmas shopping season.

Mike Rud said national projections indicate a 3 ½ percent increase in consumer spending over last Christmas. Rud said he hopes North Dakota will see similar, if not better, growth.

"With the results from the election, I think it gives the folks in North Dakota a little more hope, in terms of regulatory certainty in the energy sector," Rud said. "That should lift the optimism a little bit."

Rud also said record crop yields will also help farmers' bottom lines.