By Nichole Seitz
FARGO, N.D. — You can call it a miniature convenience store, an upscale break room … or you can simply call it by it’s name, Micro Mart.
Micro Mart, a product of Avanti Markets, recently opened at Forum Communications Co. headquarters in downtown Fargo, also home to The Forum of Fargo-Mooread newspaper. This new in-house convenience store touts a large drink selection, healthy options and 24-hour access among other things.
PepsiCo sales representative Kari Moch was on hand to provide information, training and answer questions that employees had.
“Something like this really boosts employee morale,” Moch said.
Unlike most convenience stores, the Micro Mart will stock several healthy options for those that are looking for better options. One section of the cooler is stocked with healthier foods. The fresh sandwiches and salads carry a seven-day shelf life to ensure quality. Items with a green sticker indicate the product is 350 calories or less.
After food items have been selected for purchase, one simply scans the bar codes and pays on a machine similar to a self checkout lane available at retailers. Payments can be made with a credit or debit card.
The machine can’t give out change so users have to load cash on to a small card that can be attached to a key ring. Simply grab one of the cards from the machine, scan it and enter some basic information. The machine will then prompt users to insert cash into the machine. Cards are reloadable and, if you have a smartphone, you can even scan the information into an app that will track so you don’t have to keep the card.
This marketplace is part of a larger overhaul which is underway on The Forum building’s mezzanine floor. Eventually, this amped-up break room will include gaming stations and different activities for employees to participate in during their break time. This is just one step on the road to improve the workplace culture within the company.
Forum Communications Co. is a multimedia information company based in Fargo, that owns dozens of newspapers, websites, television and radio stations and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.