Kittson looks to expand in downtown GF

A women’s clothing store is looking to expand in downtown Grand Forks.

Kittson, which is located at 28 S. Third St., plans to move its retail operations into the current Trés Chic Bridal and Formal Styling space at 402 DeMers Ave. But because Trés Chic leases its space from the city, the Jobs Development Authority will have to approve terminating its lease on Dec. 31, six months before it will expire.

In a letter included in the JDA meeting packet, Kittson owners Nicole Johnson and Tessa Hiney said they will keep their current space for their “web division.”

“We would also expand our product mix to include cocktail dresses, and more formal attire,” they wrote.

Trés Chic has been contemplating not renewing its lease at the end of June, according to a memo from Urban Development Director Greg Hoover. It’s not clear what the store’s plans are if the lease termination is approved, and a store representative wasn’t available for comment Friday afternoon.

Kittson first opened in Grand Forks in 2011, and now has stores in Bismarck and Fargo.

This is an interesting development these businesses and for downtown. As a I reported a while back, the Corporate Center buildings are now full for the first time in their histories. Johnson, co-owner of Kittson, said she couldn’t chat about their plans Friday due to a confidentiality agreement, but I’ll likely have more next week.

Here’s the whole packet from the city on this item: http://www.grandforksgov.com/CouncilPackets/20131216-jda-2.1.pdf

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