Comings & Goings

May 21, 2019

Here’s a look at recent changes in the business landscape in the Sioux Falls area.

Noodles & Company at 5216 E. Arrowhead Parkway has closed. The east-side location opened in 2014. The restaurant at 57th and Louise remains open.

The owner of a Chinese restaurant damaged in a fire has decided not to reopen the business. 1st Wok at 523 W. 10th St. has been closed since the fire in December. Owner Cheu Chau, 61, said he wanted to start over but has decided that his body can’t handle the demands of running a restaurant. Property owner Chuck Gustafson is gutting the building and will get it ready to be sold or leased.

Competitors Sioux Falls-based DocuTap and Illinois-based Practice Velocity have joined together, creating a health care technology organization operating under the name Experity. DocuTap founder Eric McDonald is no longer CEO but will serve on the board of directors. Experity will continue to have a presence in downtown Sioux Falls.

Brookings-based designArc Group has expanded to Sioux Falls, opening an office at 315 N. Main Ave. The architecture firm’s primary focus is commercial design, but it also does residential work, mostly additions and remodeling projects.

Ride-sharing service Uber has received a license from the city of Sioux Falls to begin operating here.

Fleet Farm will open May 31. The 185,000-square-foot store is on the east side of Interstate 29 at the Benson Road exit. The Wisconsin-based retailer carries a broad range of merchandise, including fishing, hunting and outdoor products, auto parts, farm and pet supplies, home improvement and household goods, clothing and footwear, toys and food, plus services such as fuel, car wash and auto repair.

Ollies, the newest food truck from the owner of Backyard BBQ, features gourmet hamburgers, smoked wings, Chicago hot dogs, steak sandwiches and fresh-cut fries. Customers will be able to find it on the weekends at festivals in Sioux Falls and area communities, a couple of concerts at the new Levitt at the Falls and downtown some Friday and Saturday nights. It’s also available for catering.

After years of development, TassLoc is hitting the market with online sales. It’s a mechanism that slides onto the side of graduation caps to hold tassels in place. Almir Krdzalic and Joshua Pruett have patented the product and hope to begin mass production.

The Sioux Falls Ministry Center is buying the South Dakota School for the Deaf campus in Sioux Falls with the intent of turning it into a “mall of services” for lower-income residents and those challenged by poverty. The 14-acre campus along East 10th Street includes several buildings. Once renovation work is completed, the eight tenants of the Ministry Center — nonprofits involved in everything from child care to counseling and after-hours acute medical care to work with refugees and immigrants — will move from their downtown building at Second and 11th.

Giliberto’s Mexican Taco Shop plans to open its third Sioux Falls restaurant Thursday. The west-side restaurant in Roosevelt Marketplace on Sertoma Avenue north of 41st Street will feature the same menu and prices as the other sites, said Ana Coconi, whose family owns the business. It will have a drive-thru and will be open 24 hours a day, every day of the week.

Stone Group Architects has moved into its new home — a renovated historic former library and fire station at 600 E. Seventh St. The building includes office and co-working space that can be leased by other businesses.

Hydra Beer Co. has stopped brewing, and the business is for sale. Chad Petit said he and partner Nick Murphy have started different careers and are operating Hydra as a taproom, selling other craft beers. Hydra opened its brewery and taproom in December 2015 at 2425 S. Shirley Ave.

Olive Destination at Dawley Farm Village has closed. The original store at 57th and Louise that sells extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar will remain open.

Corduroy & Pixie Dust has expanded from Dell Rapids to Sioux Falls. The children’s clothing and toy store is in the Jones421 Building on Phillips Avenue north of Sixth Street.

Schmitt Music has turned its temporary space at 1209 W. 41st St. into its permanent location, signing a long-term lease. The store, which sells and repairs instruments and provides music lessons, was forced to leave its location at 1020 E. 41st St. after spring flooding. Bob’s Piano Service, which had a workshop in the basement of the building, is without a home but does the majority of its work for clients on location.

GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness’ newest fitness center is expected to open Wednesday. The location in the Roosevelt Marketplace on Sertoma Avenue north of 41st Street replaces a smaller fitness center nearby.

Shopko has closed the second of its two stores in Sioux Falls and scaled back its plans to open two standalone optical centers. Shopko Optical gave up its lease on East 10th Street in a new retail center that includes Starbucks and Oh My Cupcakes. Until its new space at 41st and Kiwanis is ready, staff members are working out of the Shopko on 41st that closed Sunday.

The city of Sioux Falls has broken ties with Village River Group, the developer that was working with it on a mixed-use project downtown that would have included a parking ramp with a hotel and other commercial space. The city will complete the remaining work on the parking ramp.

Tailored Mortgage Group has opened at 5024 S. Bur Oak Place. Owners Mitch Wachter and Becky Amdahl offer 15 years of combined mortgage experience. Their independent office, which includes mortgage broker Rick Van Den Top, specializes in structuring residential mortgage loans to fit each customer’s needs.

Tutor Doctor has started serving students in southeast South Dakota. Steven Ptak is working to recruit, screen and train tutors to provide one-on-one, in-home tutoring. Tutors provide help with foundation skills, homework support, academic coaching, and organization and study skills. For information, visit

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