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Timeline: 2010s

By | Last Modified: January 28, 2020


  • Vlana Vlee closes (January)
  • Tuesday Morning closes (January)
  • Kia replaces Saturn at Bill Barth’s secondary dealership (January)
  • A&W Restaurant/Long John Silver’s changes format to become “Reza’s Pitch” (January)
  • CVS/pharmacy relocates Kirkwood Mall location, after 38 years at the shopping center (January 24)
  • Sunrise Elementary opens
  • Minot-based Ryan Chevrolet announces purchase of Corwin-Churchill Motors (February 3)
  • Brides By Maxine closes (February)
  • BSC Aquatic & Wellness Center opens (February)
  • St. Gabriel’s Community opens (May)
  • Mayor John Warford wins third term by a landslide 75% (June)
  • Long-time local representative, Connie Sprynczynatyk, retires from service (June)
  • Jimmy Johns first opens (July)
  • Magi-Touch Carpet & Furniture begins 30,000 square-foot expansion (July)
  • Men’s Wearhouse opens (est August)
  • La Quinta Inns & Suites opens
  • Construction on a new parking ramp between 5th & 6th Streets on Broadway Avenue begins
  • Five Guys Burgers opens (November)
  • Famous Labels opens at Gateway Mall (November; closed in 2012)
  • Toasted Frog opens (December)




  • Bismarck approves curbside recyling program
  • Petco opens inside the former Rex TV and Appliance
  • Bismarck Civic Center $27 million expansion approved
  • Bobcat completes $6.5 million renovation of its Bismarck plant
  • Major snowstorm sets new single-day snow record (April), topping 1966 and 1997 blizzards
  • RCC Western re-brands Boot Barn
  • Sykes Enterprises closes in July. The branch opened in February 1996.
  • Mandan Walmart opens
  • TGI Fridays closes abruptly
  • Corborn’s purchases Captain Jack’s Liquor Land and Mandan’s Bill’s Liquor
  • Shiloh Christian School completes an $8.5 million athletic complex.
  • Dan’s Supermarket acquires Bismarck’s Central Market. Mandan store closes.
  • Riverside Elementary closes. South Central High relocates into the building.


  • Broadway Grill & Tavern opens
  • Thrifty White relocates Mandan store
  • Bismarck launches curbside recycling
  • Urban Girl closes
  • La Tejana Mexican Market opens
  • Good Times Burgers departs market
  • Bismarck debuts its first city-wide curbside recycling program on March 31. Waste Management is selected as the vendor, who distributes recycling cans to households for pickup every other week. Residents are allowed to voluntarily opt out of the program. The city previously attempted a limited curbside program from 1994-1996 in the city’s northeast neighborhoods, about one-third of the total households.
  • St. Alexius signs agreement with Catholic Health Initiatives
  • President Obama and First Lady Michelle arrive in Bismarck en route to nearby Cannon Ball on the Standing Rock reservation. It was the first ever visit to a North Dakota Indian reservation by a sitting U.S. President. It was the first time a sitting President visited North Dakota since George W. Bush in 2001 and the first to visit Bismarck since George H.W. Bush in 1989.
  • Hooter’s closes, Sickie’s Garage opens in its place
  • A $52 million expansion of the State Heritage Center is completed. The museum originally opened in 1981.
  • Bismarck Civic Center is renamed Bismarck Event Center
  • New parking ramp is completed at 6th Street and Broadway Avenue
  • Heritage Center completes $52 million renovation and 97,000-square foot expansion
  • (Gee) Williquors opens
  • A $9 million project finished on East Divide Avenue, straightening its previous “circuitous route” that wrapped around Channel Drive and into present-day Mariam Avenue at Bismarck Expressway.
  • Horizon Market opens
  • Liberty and Lincoln Elementary open.


  • Phase 1 of Sunrise Town Centre opens, anchored by Dan’s Supermarket (January)
  • $3.2 million Quiet Rail Zone approved
  • Rasmussen College closes Bismarck campus
  • SpartanNash acquires Dan’s Supermarket
  • Corwin Churchill Appliance closes after 80 years
  • Snooper’s Tons of Fun and Giovanni’s Pizza (housed within) closes; replaced by Bisman Community Food Co-op
  • Hillside Pool completes renovation
  • Mandan residents narrowly approve $22 million sports complex
  • Terra Nomad opens
  • Harbor Freight Tools opens at Gateway Mall, assuming part of the south anchor space vacated by Famous Labels
  • Arby’s closes at Kirkwood Mall. Arby’s first opened at Kirkwood in 1981 – the first in North Dakota. It relocated within the mall in 2005.
  • A $27-million, 50,000-square-foot expansion of the newly christened Bismarck Event Center concludes. The scaled-back controversial project proceeded with unanimous support of the City Commission after voters rejected a measure to finance a proposed $90-million expansion in 2012.
  • Northbrook Drug becomes Thrifty White
  • Legacy High School opens
  • Phase 1 of Hay Creek Shops opens with Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gordman’s, Michael’s, and Bed, Bath, & Beyond anchoring (October)
  • Longhorn Steakhouse opens November 23
  • Animal Kingdom closes
  • Panera Bread opens
  • New St. Mary’s Central High School building announced


  • North Dakota’s first H&M opens at Kirkwood Mall, a 22,000-square foot store
  • Hancock Fabrics closes due to corporate bankruptcy
  • Pinehurst Square Wendy’s closes, to be replaced by American Bank Center
  • Saxvik Elementary closes
  • Fiesta Villa closes
  • Golden Corral closes a final time
  • Reza’s Pitch closes
  • Bismarck debuts a “road diet” along Main Avenue, which reconfigured a portion of the street from four lanes to three, between 6th and Mandan Streets.
  • Minerva’s Restaurant closes at Kelly Inn
  • Buffalo Wings & Rings opens
  • Sky Zone Park opens.
  • A & B Pizza opens Kirkwood Mall location, replacing Bob’s Pizza
  • Phase 2 of Hay Creek Shops opens, adding Kirkland’s, Maurices, Ross, and Mattress Firm.
  • Ground is broken on a new six-story, $40 million office tower at the northeast corner of Divide and State Street to serve as the headquarters for First International Bank & Trust (May). The site was formerly home to Hillside Motel.
  • Presidential candidates Donald Trump, from the Bismarck Event Center, and Bernie Sanders, in front of the former Northern Pacific depot, campaign in Bismarck.
  • Construction of the nearby Dakota Access Pipeline draws thousands of protesters from across the country, who set up various camps near Cannon Ball, most notably the Sacred Stone Camp. By some estimates, the Scared Stone Camp swelled to 10,000 inhabitants at its peak.Protesters clashed with law enforcement over the span of several months, including altercations in downtown Bismarck. The event, which primarily lasted between August 2016-February 2017, resulted in hundreds of arrests and received national coverage by such outlets as CNN and NBC News. Numerous celebrities also arrived to support the protests, including Mark Ruffalo, Leo DiCaprio, Jesse Jackson, Shailene Woodley, and Presidential candidate Jill Stein. Woodley and Stein both faced charges in relation to the protests, each of which resulted in plea deals.


  • Mandan Bonanza closes. The restaurant originated as Choice Cut Family Steak House before being acquired, in 1979, by the original owner of Bismarck’s Bonanza.
  • Culver’s confirms Mandan location
  • Bismarck voters overwhelmingly approve a $57.5 million bond to renovate and expand all three middle schools (Simle, Wachter, and Horizon), along with Bismarck and Century High Schools in March. The middle school projects are expected to complete by fall 2018, with all projects concluded by 2020.
  • Burger King opens Sunrise Town Centre location. It replaces its Gateway Mall outlot location, closed in 2012 after twenty years.
  • Spa D’Athena closes in October. It was originally reported to be temporary while the business remodels and re-opens as a new concept, but the decision is made permanent shortly. Its assets are liquidated in February 2018.
  • Capital Ice Complex and Wachter Arena open at 221 Reno Drive, alongside a renovated Schaumberg Arena (November). More than $3.8 million was raised for the project.
  • Wells Fargo building begins renovation and rebranding effort. When complete, the building will be called Grand Pacific Center as a homage to the long-time hotel that formerly occupied the site.
  • Lucky’s 13 Pub opens.
  • Burleigh/Morton Detention Center is completed in June at 4000 Apple Creek Road. The joint Burleigh-Morton County 475-bed jailhouse cost $69 million.The former jail in downtown Bismarck will be converted into office space.
  • President Trump visits the Mandan refinery in September. The visit was largely to support his proposed tax overhaul. He had previously campaigned in Bismarck the year prior.
  • Mandan Arby’s is announced
  • Bob’s Photo closes after 38 years (December)



  • Cash Wise opens second Bismarck store, near 43rd Avenue and State Street (January).
  • Bismarck’s Kelly Inn closes (February). The hotel originated as the Town House Motor Inn in 1970. The building is demolished in January 2020.
  • Staples announces closure of its Bismarck store, on February 22. The store opened in 1999.
  • Payless ShoeSource announces nationwide liquidation, including its existing store at Kirkwood Mall. The discount shoe store’s first local location was at 412 E Bowen Avenue. It first opened at Kirkwood in 1986, and also once had a location at Gateway Mall.
  • White House Cafeteria closes after 51 years. The cafeteria was located inside White Drug in the Parkade.
  • Family Dollar is announced as a replacement to the former Dan’s Sueprmarket at Arrowhead Plaza. The national retailer currently maintains a Mandan location, but shuttered its former Bismarck store on Expressway in 2018.
  • Natural Grocers plans Bismarck location, to occupy the recently shuttered Staples building.
  • Pizza Ranch opens Bismarck location at Hay Creek Shops, complimenting its long-time Mandan restaurant.
  • Runnings relocates Mandan store from The Strip to the former Central Market grocery store on Main Street (August).
  • Noodles & Company opens (November).
  • Chick-fil-A announces Bismarck location, on an outlot south of Kirkwood Mall.
  • Bismarck’s Kmart is reported to be closing.
  • Video Action announces it will close December 31. It is the last surviving local video rental store. The store was once part of a chain, with stores in Steele, Fargo, Wahpeton, and a second Bismarck location at 1033 S Washington. It built its second Bismarck store at 819 E Century in 1996, while also continuing its Washington Street location for some time after.

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