A Petco will open June 28 near the Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck.


The pet store will be at 525 S. Fifth St. and will employ 20 people.



The store will offer dog grooming and training, along with pets and pet supplies.


Bilingual learning


A Spanish learning program for children, The Purple School, will begin classes in Bismarck next month.


Collaborating with the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District, founder Joyce Nadolny Shui of Williston will offer Spanish classes to preschoolers and elementary school students.


Shui founded the program in Washington state in 2001 when her first two children were toddlers. The program grew to include instruction in nine languages. In 2009, Shui moved to Williston with her husband. She began offering The Purple School Spanish classes in Williston earlier this year.


Purple School also will host a Language Bee in Williston at the end of the school year for children to show what they have learned and compete for scholarship money.


The first Purple School Spanish classes in Bismarck will be held at the Bismarck State College Aquatic and Wellness Center.


Parent-child classes for kids 3 to 5 years old will be held 3:15 to 4 p.m. on April 5, 12, 19 and 26. The cost will be $50. Classes for elementary school kids will be held 4 to 6 p.m. and will cost $90.


To register, contact info@ThePurpleSchool.com or 701-205-1962.


New grocery stores



A Cash Wise Foods, Alco and Happy Rice Buffet are being built in Watford City.


Minneapolis-based Oppidan Investment Company has broken ground on Watford Plaza retail development.


The 120,000-square-foot commercial development is one of two developments Oppidan is building in Watford City.



The company began construction in October of Pheasant Ridge Apartments, a 42-unit apartment complex that will open in May. The company also has projects in Dickinson, Minot, Stanley, Tioga and Williston. Oppidan is investing more than $150 million in the Bakken region.


Engineering firm


Minneapolis-based Rani Engineering is opening at 3214 111th Ave. S.W. in Dickinson.


The firm specializes in civil engineering, rail signal engineering, and land surveying.


Hotel donations


Area hotels are donating one-night stays to be used by the Red Cross in assisting victims of disaster as part of the “Rooms For Red Cross” campaign.


Ten hotels in the Bismarck and Dickinson areas have come together to donate more than 75 rooms for 2013.


Participating hotels include Comfort Inn, Expressway Inn, Country Inn and Suites, Candlewood Suites, Ramkota, America’s Best Value Inn and Suites, Ramada and Budget Inn Express, all of Bismarck, and AmericInn and Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge, both of Dickinson.


Reach Jessica Holdman at 701-250-8261or jessica.holdman@bismarcktribune.com.