Christmas Point Wild Rice Co. owners thanked customers who provided patronage for years at the Westgate Mall store.
The gift shop was nearly 95 percent moved out of its mall space just days after closing the mall store.
Owner Scott Goehring said while the rent increased, the mall was willing to negotiate a deal at the location. He said the mall was a great place to be, but it was never the intention to remain there after opening the main store in Baxter about five years ago.
Goehring corrected the number of employees reported to be losing jobs in an earlier Biz Buzz. He said two full-time positions could not be filled in the move. The mall store had seven employees. Goehring said several part-time workers will have the option to move to the main store in the spring.
Potlatch declared dividends on common stock. Directors of Potlatch Corporation have declared the regular quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend of $0.15 per share is payable March 1 to stockholders of record Feb. 9.
The Countryside Cafe opened in Pillager in the former Pillsbury Diner. Co-owners Lee Zahler and Rod Hafften, who has the Countryside restaurant in Motley, are leasing the space.
Zahler said the 75-seat restaurant is offering family style fare and is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Breakfast is served all day. Zahler said the location is good and she believes with the experience from the Motley location, they have a good recipe for a successful run in Pillager.
The menu has changed. The new cafe is serving all-you-can-eat dinners. And soup and sandwich combinations are served from 11 a.m. closing.
The restaurant is also working on offering new services such as supplies of muffins-to-go for area businesses on a take-out option.
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