Mandan News

Mandan hopes to recruit grocery store

Mandan Mayor Arlyn Van Beek said last week that city officials will work to recruit another grocery store since Central Market has closed.

“Mandan is losing a vital supporter with the closing of Central Market. We appreciate their donations to community organizations over the years and the essential products and services provided. We are also very concerned about the store’s employees, particularly dealing with job loss at Christmas. We are hopeful they’ll find other good jobs,” the mayor said in a statement.

Van Beek said a grocery store on Main Street is an anchor to the entire central business district and a needed service for residents of Mandan and others west of the city.

Mandan officials are in contact with Wally Joersz of Joersz Land LLP, the property owner, to coordinate recruitment efforts.

If a new grocer cannot be found, community partners will pursue other opportunities for the property.

Mandan officials still want to fill gaps in retail by securing businesses like a hardware, clothing, shoes, home improvement, sporting goods and casual dining, according to a city statement.

Business Development Director Ellen Huber said since 1998, building permits for more than 3,300 additional living units have been issued in city limits alone. There is more business from the surrounding trade area, she said.

“Control over the future of the Central Market building is ultimately in the private sector,” Van Beek said. “The role of city government is to assist in any way we can, be it making contacts or through economic development programs.”

— Lee News