Corwin Churchill Appliance in downtown Bismarck is closing after almost 80 years.
“It was a very difficult decision, but the family members who own the store are all close to retirement,” co-owner Bruce Whittey said in a statement.
The store was started as part of Corwin Churchill Motors with the idea to build radios. Over the years, the store expanded to carry home appliances, TVs and other electronics.
“Our late father, Charlie Whittey, grew the appliance store over the years into one of the top-performing outlets nationally for many of its brands until his passing in 1987,” Whittey said.
Even recently, the store was the largest-volume Whirlpool independent dealer in North Dakota.
The store, 309 N. 3rd St., will remain open until the inventory is liquidated and customer orders are filled.
“Our lease has expired, and so we have a short window to complete the sale,” Whittey said.
Video, web design companies combine
D&N Cinematics and Up & Running Web Design decided to share shop space in downtown Bismarck.
The two companies moved into space at 208 E. Broadway Ave. in February and are planning a grand opening ceremony soon.
David Diebel, co-founder of D&N, said he and his partner had been operating out of the former Tribune building downtown and needed a larger space around the same time Mike Renner and Ryan Duffey chose to move their home-based Web design business.
Diebel said his video production company and Renner's Web design company had some overlap in services and it seemed logical for the two to work together, giving them the capacity of a "large marketing agency with a smaller boutique feel."
The companies aim to grow their staff and client base in their new location. They chose downtown because of its high traffic and entrepreneurial activity.
Unistop gas stations in Bismarck, Mandan and Washburn have been sold.
The stations are now owned by Superpumper, said Mark Leischner of Unistop.
After 15 years in business, Leischner said he decided it was time to sell.
According to the company's website, Superpumper has convenience stores across North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana