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Big box stores on the way? Dickinson officials keep tight lips on which retailers could next set up shop

A caterpillar tractor drives down a field of developed land Friday northwest of Exit 59 near Dickinson. Roers Development Inc. of Fargo is developing the land for commercial and residential use.

Dickinson leaders say they want two or three big box retailers placed west of town, but they are keeping their lips sealed as to which companies might already be breaking ground.

City Administrator Shawn Kessel said area developers and officials want "a few big box players" to set up shop in Dickinson, but would not say if any deals have been made.

"We're just as excited as everybody else, if we can lure a big box retailer to our community," Kessel said Friday. "I don't know when that will happen. We hope it's sooner than later."

Heavy equipment, located at a sizeable plot in west Dickinson, could be seen moving large amounts of soil this week.

Gaylon Baker, executive vice president for Stark Development Corp., said Roers Construction Inc., a Fargo-based company with a Dickinson location, is prepping the approximately 300-acre tract of land, located northwest of the Exit 59 interchange on the west side of Dickinson, for a big box site.

"I know they hope to recruit some big box retail and some other stores for that area," Baker said. "I think that kind of (development) would be very desirable for our community."

Kristi Tessier, events and marketing coordinator for the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce, said Roers is in the process of building multiple structures west of town.

"(Roers is) planning on two box stores and having a grocery store, as well as their housing," Tessier said.

Tessier added that she is in the dark as to what major retailers might come to town.

"(Roers) didn't give any clue," she said.

On Friday, Rand Young, project manager for Roers' said, "I'm not really sure what's going in there at all," Young said.

Young directed further questioning to Shane Roers. The Press placed three calls to Roers, all of which were not returned.

Kessel would not say if any major companies secured land and Baker does not think any papers have been signed.