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A formalwear business that opened almost two years ago in Grand Forks has left a downtown location after three months.

On Monday, Affairs by Brittany closed its shop at 224 N. Fourth St. Owner Brittany Zimmerman let her customers know about the closing before she and her staff packed up and moved to a downtown Fargo location, she said.

The business opened its first location in January 2016 in a strip mall near Ralph Engelstad Arena. In late July, Zimmerman moved her business to downtown Grand Forks, saying she felt it was a good fit. On Tuesday she said she left that location because of issues with the building, including a roof that is slated for repairs.

“We strive for the best level of experience and offer premium products in our stores,” Zimmerman said. “Unfortunately, the Grand Forks location was not acceptable to provide that level of experience.”

Holly Schneider’s family owns the two-story structure that was built in 1907. The Schneiders painted the building after Zimmerman moved in.

Schneider said Zimmerman knew about the roof problems when she signed the lease. Repairs on the roof will begin Monday, Schneider added.

Both parties came to an agreement to absolve the lease, Schneider said, adding there were no hard feelings.

Before Affairs by Brittany rented the 5,000-square-foot space, the building housed Adley Anne’s Baby and Maternity Boutique. That business closed at the end of last year.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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