Mandan leaders hosts walking tour hoping to spur new business

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MANDAN, ND - Mandan city leaders are hoping to fill empty downtown commercial buildings to spur the economy.

A walking tour is planned Thursday for start-up businesses and residents to hatch new ideas for their reuse.

Buildings include the former Hirsch Florist Building, the former Wickham's Jewelry/Mandan Western Shop and unoccupied parts of the American Bank Center. The city's business development director says finding viable business for the buildings improves the city's economic health as a whole.

"Every building ideally would be full and with a business that operates as many days as possible and generates foot traffic. Because one business feeds the next. And success begets success," said Ellen Huber, Mandan business development director.

The tour begins at 4:30 p.m. at the American Bank Center.