Nor-son's will break ground on its new office building this week.
The groundbreaking ceremony for Nor-son's office and warehouse facility in the Baxter Industrial Park is set for noon Thursday. The office will be located on the corner of Hastings and Dogwood streets. Nor-son, a prominent area design and build firm founded in 1978, reported the office building will be a 20,280 square foot Butler steel-framed wide span building designed by Nor-son's Paul Maki. The building will have 34 offices, four conference rooms, a lunch room/meeting room and spacious staff areas
KFC is celebrating an anniversary. It's been 50 years since the first franchise started in Aug. 1952 in Salt Lake City. There are now 12,000 restaurants worldwide with sales of nearly $10 billion per year.
Movies 4 Sale, which offered videos for sale at the Westgate Mall, closed its location there Saturday.
Godfather's Pizza's opening will be Dec. 1 if weather cooperates in the building process.
Franchise owner Julie Sullivan said the restaurant will have an interior decor that is a departure from other Godfather's. The restaurant will feature cherry wood, beiges and maroons.
Sullivan said she started thinking about the restaurant possibility two years ago. Sullivan and her family have come to the Brainerd area for the last 12 summers and spent a week each year at Woman Lake. Sullivan said they watched the area grow and thought about a franchise. Sullivan was working in Mason City, Iowa, and was with the Godfather's Pizza there for 24 years.
Once the decision was made, finding a location became the challenge.
Sullivan, originally from St. Paul, saw opening a business in the lakes area as a way to come back home to Minnesota. Her youngest child had graduated from high school while they lived in Mason City. The move to the lakes area was accomplished in November.
Plans include two pick-up windows. Customers can call ahead in the morning for a pizza pick-up at 5 p.m. A buffet will be offered during the weekday noon hour and a couple of times in the evening during the week. The restaurant could employ as many as 40.
Small business continues to be Minnesota's employer, according to a report issued by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA Report said the most recent data show that more than 98 percent of the state's employers are small businesses and that they employ more than half of the private workforce.
The report stated "small business dominates several sectors of Minnesota's economy. For example, in construction 99.3 percent of firms are small, while 97.8 percent of businesses in professional, scientific and technical services are small, as well as 97.4 percent of the firms engaged in health care and social assistance."
The complete report is available online from the Office of Advocacy Web site at www.sba.gov/advo.
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