Thrifty White Pharmacy leaving mall in March

The new Thrifty White Pharmacy building is shown on the Third Avenue West frontage road Friday in north Dickinson.

A longtime tenant of the Prairie Hills Mall is leaving for its own space.

Dave Reuter, vice president of personnel for Thrifty White Pharmacy, said the Dickinson business is relocating to its own building nearing completion on the Third Avenue West frontage road between Brady Martz and Eyewear Concepts and behind the North Hills Shopping Center.

The new pharmacy plans to be open in its new location Monday, March 2, Reuter said. Its final day at the mall is Saturday, Feb. 28.

“This really gets us into a real building that’s a professional pharmacy,” he said.

The store, commonly known by its former name, White Drug, is selling out of its food and other merchandise at the mall location through the rest of February.

The emphasis will now be on the pharmacy, and it’s purely a business decision, Reuter said. Ninety-three percent of Thrifty White’s sales come from its pharmacy, he said.

“It’s far and away what we do,” Reuter said. “That’s kind of what we’ve been moving to, more often than not. But it’s really a case-by-case kind of decision.”

The new space will have a drive-thru for easier pick up and three meeting rooms for medication therapy management meetings with customers.

It helps ensure customers are “getting the most from those medications,” Reuter said.

Also, for the first time in perhaps the history of Dickinson, Thrifty White plans to have its pharmacy open on Sundays.

For years, Dickinson pharmacies have rotated being open for a short time on Sunday to serve customer’s emergency needs.

“With the smaller size of the store, we’ll be able to keep the store open every Sunday,” Reuter said.

Vince Rollag with Bakken Construction puts caulking on a window on Friday afternoon at the West Ridge Market Center in west Dickinson.

West Ridge Market Center taking shape

As early as May, tenants could be in the West Ridge Market Center across from the new Family Fare supermarket in west Dickinson.

Larry Nygard, vice president of Fargo-based developer Roers, said the development company is in the process of signing contracts and searching for other businesses to inhabit the new shopping center at the corner of West Ridge Drive and 30th Avenue South. He soon hopes to announce a group of four or five tenants.

“It’s going to be kind of a variety of (businesses),” Nygard said Wednesday. “No one thing in particular appears to be dominating.”

The West Ridge Market Center’s exterior construction was completed in December, Nygard said, and the interior is typically constructed when businesses lease spaces.

Two spaces in the complex are designed for restaurants while others are what is known as a “vanilla shell,” which could be used by just about any type of business. A typical space is 25 feet wide by 75 feet long, Nygard said. There could be as many as 16 businesses in the complex, though he said many are asking to lease multiple spaces.

The lone signage up is a window sign for a business named Sea Asian Fusion Grill and Sushi Bar.

Despite the downturn in oil prices causing some apprehension as to what will happen to the area’s economy, Nygard said it hasn’t scared off clients.

“Retailers and businesses are still keeping Dickinson on their radar because of a lot of reasons,” he said. “It’s got many, many things going for it.”

The West Ridge Market Center is shown on Friday in west Dickinson.

Author: Dustin Monke

Former newspaper editor. Now I market the best baked goods and donuts in America. But every once in a while, I write a cool story too.

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