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Inside Business: Hooters eyes return to North Dakota

The former Hooters in Fargo that closed March 31. It is now Sickies Garage. Photo by Sherri Richards

Hooters is looking to make a comeback to the Fargo area.

A Hooters restaurant opened in the early 1990s at 1649 38th St. S. in Fargo, and in 2008 it moved to a building at 3431 Fiechtner Drive S., a space that was formerly home to a Ponderosa.

The Fargo Hooters, a franchise location that was operated by a group of local investors, closed in early 2014 when the owners decided not to renew a franchise agreement with Hooters.

Now, the Hooters corporation is ramping up development of new corporate-owned and franchise-operated stores in the United States and abroad, and North Dakota is being looked at for locations.

While West Fargo continues to look for more commercial development, the fast growing city could be in the running for a new location. Developers have not listed specific cities it is eyeing, yet.

"As a component of domestic growth, Hooters is actively seeking qualified franchise partners in the Fargo market and throughout North Dakota, which fits Hooters' demographic profile," said Mark Whittle, senior vice president of global development at Hooters.