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Biz Buzz: The Vice opens in Brainerd, Family Dollar to close

The Vice recently opened in downtown Brainerd on Eighth Street. The bar and eatery features a large game room and is connected through an interior door with The Last Turn. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch1 / 2
Family Dollar is closing its Brainerd store. The chain expects to close 390 stores this year. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch2 / 2

The Vice is now open on Eighth Street in downtown Brainerd.

The new bar and eatery is connected to the Last Turn Saloon through an inside door and was part of the vision of owner Ed Mattson, a finalist for the first Destination Downtown Business Challenge.

The Vice features a large gaming room with pool tables, dart boards, shuffleboard, ping pong, foosball, bean bags, arcade games and large screen TVs.

Victual plans to open in early June. The new store on Main Street in Crosby will feature artisan cheeses, charcuterie (French for cured meats and pâtés), packaged gourmet foods, specialty distilled liqueurs and fine wines, dinnerware, cocktail accessories, gifts and what the owners describe as a super premium ice cream from Rave Creamworks.

Owners are Paul Kirkman and Paul VanderWaal, both from Remer.

Family Dollar is closing its Brainerd store. The business, along Washington Street, provided a mix of inventory and all within welcome walking distance of residents in north Brained and downtown. This spring, USA Today reported the discount retailer will shutter as many as 390 Family Dollar stores this year, change the name of about 200 stores. Family Dollar was purchased by Virginia-based Dollar Tree for $9.2 billion in 2015, USA Today reported.

"The final number of Family Dollar stores that will close depends on its parent company's ability to get rent concessions from landlords, Dollar Tree said. It already closed 84 underperforming Family Dollar stores in the fourth quarter, which was 37 more than it had planned to shutter last year.," USA Today reported.

Family Dollar was different than many dollar stores as it sold items for $1 and others for more than that. Dollar Tree reported plans to test selling items for more than $1 at its stores. The company also reported it was renovating 1,000 Family Dollar stores this year.

CTC recently hosted a groundbreaking event at 11 a.m. Monday, May 20, in Browerville. CTC was the only telecommunications company in Minnesota in 2018 to be awarded the Community Connect grant bringing broadband services to rural Minnesota.

CTC also rebranded to its initials instead of using the Consolidated Telecommunications or Telephone Co. name.

CTC reports this project will bring much-needed broadband services to the communities of Fawn Lake, Philbrook, and Moran townships, as well as some surrounding areas. Construction for this fiber-to-the-home project is expected to begin soon and continue through fall 2019.

The project is being funded by a $2.1 million grant through U.S. Department of Agriculture's Community Connect program.

The Lakes Area Growers Market is back in session at the Viking Land Harley Davidson parking lot 8 a.m. to noon Fridays and at the Franklin Arts Center parking lot Tuesdays.

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