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Hayloft Antiques closing shop, moving and more biz news

HAWLEY, Minn. - Hayloft Antiques, an antiques store located south of Hawley and about 12 miles east of Interstate 94 on Clay County Road 10, is moving.

Becky Olson, who owns the store with her husband, Jeff, said their last day of business will be Sunday, which also is the last day of their moving sale.

She said her husband's job is moving to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the family is pulling up stakes to move there.

They likely will open an antiques shop after they get to the Cedar Rapids area, but they have yet to find a storefront to set up in, Becky Olson said.

Olson said she will miss the big barn that has been home to their business for about four years.

Future unclear for Alco

Alco, a department store chain that has operated in the United States since 1901, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The company's strategy has been to set up in small communities that larger competitors don't pay attention to, and there are about two-dozen Alco stores spread across North Dakota and western Minnesota.

Communities with Alco stores include Mayville, Carrington, Lisbon and Oakes in North Dakota and Mahnomen, Long Prairie and Paynesville in Minnesota.

Just what the bankruptcy means for those stores isn't clear.

Online reports state Alco is looking for a buyer that would keep some or all of the company's stores open.

Attempts to reach Alco officials for comment were not successful.

Veterans Day special

Lone Star Steakhouse Restaurants will salute America's military on Tuesday, Veterans Day by offering service personnel a special deal on appetizers.

Active-duty, reserve and retired members of the armed forces are invited to visit any Lone Star location Tuesday and enjoy their choice of a Texas Rose; potato skins; spinach and artichoke dip; fried green beans; or spicy white Queso; for free.

Proof of military ID is not required, but Lone Star is asking customers to print out or present the restaurant's Veterans Day email or Facebook offer on their mobile device to receive a free appetizer.

Lone Star's Fargo location is at 4328 13th Ave. S.

For more information on the offer visit

Mall workers needed

As the holidays approach, the merchants of the West Acres mall have more than gifts to offer. They have jobs, too.

Dozens of stores in the mall are hiring, with positions ranging from part-time associates and fashion stylists to store managers and other full-time positions.

"Finding enough team members to get through holiday season is an obstacle that almost all of our merchants have in common," said Alissa Adams, senior vice president of marketing and business for West Acres.

Adams said incentives extend beyond pay to things like benefits and store discounts that can be as high as 50 percent off.

For a list of available positions, visit

New off-sale

The city of Fargo has approved an off-sale liquor license for a business that is expected to open soon at 3220 12th Ave. N., in Fargo.

The building had been home to a Stop-N-Go store.

According to information provided by the city, the new liquor store will be called Stamart Liquor.

It will be operated by Service Oil Inc., which is owned by Dirk Lenthe.