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Planet Fitness to open in Gateway Mall

Planet Fitness to open in Gateway Mall


Planet Fitness will be taking over the former Hancock Fabrics space in Bismarck’s Gateway Mall.

Franchisee and head of the company's national franchisee advisory council Dave Leon said a lease has been signed and expansion will start in a couple of weeks. The roughly 20,000-square-foot fitness center should be open sometime in June.

Planet Fitness caters to the first-time fitness club users, aiming to be inviting, judgment free zones, Leon said. The gym is open 24 hours on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. During that time, the gym is always staffed, including personal trainers who provide free small group sessions and large 30-minute group classes to members who need help.

The gym is stocked with 100 televisions and $1 million in fitness equipment, including more than 100 cardio machines.

The gym has locker rooms for members, which include granite showers. For those that choose to upgrade to Black Card membership, there is a spa with free tanning, hydromassage, a sound, sight and smell area and massage chairs.

Leon recently opened two other gyms in the region, one in Missoula, Mont., and one in Laramie, Wyo., as part of his westward expansion of the fitness chain. He expects the gym to be popular in Bismarck and said most Planet Fitness locations attract from 7,000 to 10,000 members.

Computer business opens storefront

Feist Computers now has a store at 410 E. Main St. in Mandan.

Dave Feist started his business from his home in 2012 but decided to open a store Feb. 1, next door to NAPA and Northwest Tire in a former seamstress shop.

Feist specializes in remote maintenance of customers’ home computers, mostly catering to the elderly updating their software and antivirus protections so they don’t have to worry. He’s focused on PCs but also can help with Apple products.

Feist has a number of years of previous experience with Best Buy, Sykes and C-Ram before starting his business. He also has a computer science degree from the University of Mary and is a Microsoft-certified technician.

Anyone needing repairs can bring laptops, desktops or tablets into the store from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Go online to for more information.

Local woman helping with odd jobs

Mary DuBord started The Wife’s Wife, hiring herself out in the community to help people with odd jobs around their homes.

“I would say I’m a ‘handy girl’ of sorts,” she said.

DuBord started helping mostly with yard work, trimming trees and planting flower beds and has since expanded, doing organizing, helping people downsize, painting and doing deep cleaning. And if someone needs a service, she has other companies she works with on referrals.

Most of DuBord’s clients are elderly who want to stay in their homes.

“They can’t do the things they used to do, but they still want them done,” she said.

Those seeking DuBord’s services can call 701-226-0394.

Reach Jessica Holdman at 701-250-8261 or


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