Around Town -- November 8, 2013 - - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Around Town -- November 8, 2013

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You may have noticed changes at the Gateway Fashion Mall in Bismarck.  According to the owner, there's more to come -- much more.  We sat down with Mall owner, Raymond Arjmand, for details -- in this week's "Around Town."

"A lot is happening at Gateway Mall.  Very excited.  We have a bright future for the mall," says Raymond Arjmand, Chairman of the Board, Gateway Fashion Mall.

One of the first new things you'll notice is a restaurant transformation -- as Chinatown becomes Sakura Japanese Steak House.  Renovations are expected to start in December, and take three to four months.  The new restaurant will add a top to bottom remodel, an exterior entrance and full bar.

Gateway Mall says they'll also be the new home for BC Bagels' baking plant.  They're taking over this space -- with early openings to serve the morning crowd.  

The Veterans Administration is moving into the old JoAnn Fabric space -- and H & R Block is coming for winter tax season.

But there's more -- 
"We are digging, interviewing and analyzing several national anchor tenants to take the old Famous Label space, 45,000 square feet.  We have a large national tenant restaurant that's going to go on the pad, and we have also another national tenant that we are interviewing to be a restaurant in the old, in the existing Hancock Fabrics," says Arjmand.

And if that's not enough -- 

"We are also planning to build a hotel, myself with a partnership, a chain hotel behind the mall.  So there's a lot of activity happening, beginning 2014."

Christmas is jam-packed at Gateway too.  A fashion show is planned for the first week in December.

And Santa arrives November 29th.  Rumor has it some of his reindeer will join him a couple days this month too.   On December 22nd, Johnny Vincent, singer and Elvis' impersonator, will perform at 2:00 p.m., accompanied by Fire and Ice Dance Theatre.

"I'm happy for the mall.  I'm happy for the community.  I'm very happy for the tenant.  This is a major transformation that hasn't happened to the mall for a long time, and I'm very happy to see all of that," says Arjmand.

The Mall also has several auctions set over the holiday season -- on November 23rd and December 7th and 14th -- where they say clothing, sculptures, furniture, handbags and European artwork are expected to sell at greatly reduced prices.  Owner Raymond Arjmand says he's expecting 95% occupancy sometime in 2014.


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