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Office space going up on Main

Office space going up on Main

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When the Window & Door Store outgrew its warehouse space, it moved its inventory to a new location.

But that left the store’s 1930s-era warehouse unused.

With that in mind, general manager Jayden Chuppe said the company decided to knock down the old structure and is erecting a two-story, 4,000-square-foot office building on the lot at 815 E. Main Ave.

“The main thing is location,” Chuppe said. “We’re at one of the busiest intersections in town.”

Chuppe said a lease for the bottom 4,000 square feet has been signed. Construction is expected to be complete in early spring.

The building’s facade will match that of the Window & Door Store with, fittingly, large bay windows overlooking downtown Bismarck.

“With the view up there, we’re hoping (the second-floor space) will be fairly desirable,” said Chuppe, adding the building also will have off-street parking on the side and rear.

The building is a Renaissance Zone project receiving a five-year property tax benefit for the proposed $968,000 investment.

The store will remain open during construction, Chuppe said.

Mandan holding Business Pitch Challenge

“Funding can be one of the biggest hurdles to getting any new business off the ground,” according Ellen Huber, Mandan's business development director. 

With that in mind, Mandan Tomorrow - Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee is hosting a “Business Pitch Challenge” with a $500 cash prize and the chance to be eligible for a $10,000 forgivable loan from the Mandan Growth Fund.

“Organizers are looking for aspiring entrepreneurs and early startups who could use a boost on their entrepreneurial journey,” a news release on the competition reads.

The entry deadline is Oct. 1. For more information, go online to www.cityofmandan.com/businesspitch.

The competition will be held 5 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Strawberry Theater, 210 W. Main St. As judges finalize scores, a free keynote talk will be delivered by Scott Bintz, an e-commerce entrepreneur, author of “Principles to Fortune” and founder of RealTruck.com.

Attendees are asked to register by Nov. 9 at www.cityofmandan.com/register or by calling 701-667-3478.

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

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