No further explanation needed. You’ll know it when you shop with us.
We Keep Good Company
Happy Harry’s has received numerous national honors for retail excellence, including membership in the prestigious Wine & Spirits Guild of America, an organization of the nation’s finest beer, wine and spirits retailers.
Twice named “One of America’s Ten Best” by Beverage Dynamics Magazine
“Market Watch Leader Award” by Market Watch Magazine
“Best Advertising Award” by Market Watch Magazine
“Best Liquor Store” (2008 thru 2019) by the readers of the Fargo Forum
“Best Liquor Store” (2014 thru 2019) by the readers of the Grand Forks Herald
“Best Liquor Store” (2015 thru 2018) by the readers of the High Plains Reader
A+ Rating and Accredited Member of the North Dakota/Minnesota Better Business Bureau
When you purchase a bottle of wine from us and you don’t enjoy it, bring it back and we’ll refund your money or find you a wine you will enjoy. We think that’s only fair and we call it Happy Harry’s Wine Guarantee. That means you never have to worry about your wine purchases again. (Receipt dated within 30 days of purchase required on returns/refunds/exchanges)
Service — Employees
“I am always complimented on the fine service our customers receive at Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops. The credit goes to our great staff and management. Their interest in making our customers happy is why we are nationally recognized as one of America’s best. So, do we have an ’employee of the month’ program? You bet we do! Every employee, every day, every month,” comments Hal Gershman.
It All Began in 1944…
Happy Harry’s has been an integral part of the North Dakota landscape and lifestyle for almost 75 years. It all began in 1944 when “Happy” Harry Gershman opened the Central Package Store in downtown Grand Forks. Today, his son Hal Gershman carries on the vision. Hal, who took over in 1976, expanded Happy Harry’s to five conveniently located stores, two in Grand Forks and three in Fargo.
In 2015, Happy Harry’s became a 100% employee owned business. The Happy Harry’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan was established by the generosity of Gershman Family (Hal, Kathy and their daughter Leonora).
Happy Harry’s Award Winning Barns
This is no ordinary barn. With an average of 16,000 square feet, our stores are designed with shopping convenience in mind. Wide aisles, well-organized shelves, and easy-to-read signage make for comfortable browsing and buying at Happy Harry’s. Our stores pay homage to North Dakota’s great architectural heritage with exteriors that resemble barns and grain elevators. Our barns are built from natural materials including fieldstone from farmers’ rockpiles, red-stained cedar siding and warmly landscaped exteriors. Walk inside and enjoy the cedar woodwork and custom-made wine racks. “People need space to shop,” says Hal Gershman. “We try to keep our store designs open so customers always have a view of the whole store.”