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Big Apple Bagels Returning to St. Cloud
Big Apple Bagels is returning to St. Cloud this summer. The St. Cloud Downtown Council announced on Tuesday that the restaurant will be at 701 West St. Germain Street, which used to be home to Whiskey Business and Biology 701. They hope to be open by late August.
Quarks American Bento to Open Late June or Early July
A new restaurant in downtown St. Cloud is planning to open in the near future. Quarks American Bento will offer fast healthy food and take-out featuring a bento box menu. The food will be prepared quickly to serve the fast-paced downtown crowd.
A&W Restaurant Coming to Richmond
An A&W restaurant is coming to Richmond later this year. Julie Glenz is co-owner of the A&W in Albany and says they are breaking ground on the new location Friday. Glenz says they will hire around 20 people at the restaurant. The building is expected to seat around 60 people.
H&M Coming to St. Cloud Crossroads Mall
H&M is opening a store in the St. Cloud Crossroads Mall later this year. The store is planning to open in November. The Crossroads Mall confirmed the announcement with a post on their Facebook page on Wednesday.
Stearns Electric Association Names New CEO
Stearns Electric Association has named Patrick Bleth as their next CEO. Bleth holds a bachelor's in industrial technology and manufacturing management from Bemidji State University and was selected for the position after a national search. He will take over on July 1st.
Sartell Fitness Closing This Month, Dollar Tree Moving In
Sartell Fitness-The Shake Shoppe is closing its doors in a few weeks. Owner Stuart Swenson says the gym is closing because he signed a lease with Dollar Tree. He says the gym will sell off its equipment later this month. Sartell Fitness is at 1090 2nd Street South.
Manufacturing Jobs Growing in St. Cloud and Greater Minnesota
Minnesota manufacturers are hiring more and are paying higher wages, according to a new survey. The seventh annual State of Manufacturing survey was presented in St. Cloud on Tuesday. Enterprise Minnesota CEO Bob Kill says manufacturers in St. Cloud and greater Minnesota will likely continue to crea…
Blattner Energy Expanding Avon Headquarters
Blattner Energy Inc. is investing $6.2 million to expand and renovate its headquarters in Avon. Blattner Energy is planning a two-story, 20,296 square-foot expansion. It's expected to create 12 new jobs at the site. The project includes adding 75 new offices and work stations.

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