Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Posted May 18, 2016in On the Move

Downtown residential project unveiled

  Knapp Properties recently unveiled plans for a downtown residential project located at 420 Court Ave. The 81 new units will be above the Hy-Vee grocery store that’s currently under construction in the Court Avenue Entertainment District. The store is slated to open in the winter of 2016, and the

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Posted May 11, 2016in On the Move

Brand new ReStore

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity has opened a new resale shop, ReStore, with its second metro area store at 4033 N.W. Urbandale Drive in Urbandale. The 25,000-square-foot building provides discounted wares to retail shoppers, remodelers and house-flippers. Habitat’s first local ReStore originally opened on Second Avenue in 2003, and

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Posted May 04, 2016in On the Move

Pleading The Fifth

  A proposed downtown 32-story skyscraper, set for Fifth and Court avenues, has cleared its biggest hurdle by gaining recent approval by the Des Moines City Council. The planned tower would be the fourth tallest building in the state and will contain 200 residential units, an upscale urban movie theater,

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Posted April 20, 2016in On the Move

Changes coming to Jordan Creek Town Center

  Jordan Creek is getting more comfortable this fall. Soft Surroundings — a women’s clothing, accessories and beauty store, which also sells goods for around the home — is slated to occupy the Tommy Hilfiger’s former location in Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines. The incoming retailer is

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Posted April 13, 2016in On the Move

New men’s salon will serve alcohol

  A new West Des Moines barbershop called “Scissors and Scotch” is set to give haircuts, facial hair trims and men’s grooming procedures — while serving Scotch. The new shop is scheduled to open next month in the Paradise Pointe shopping center on Mills Civic Parkway near Jordan Creek Town

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Posted April 06, 2016in Featured Story, On the Move

Hy-Vee buys the former K’s Merchandise

  Hy-Vee has bought the vacant 81,936 square-foot building in Urbandale that used to be K’s Merchandise. The grocery store chain bought the building at 3303 86th St. earlier this month and paid $3.6 million. The plan is to transform the old building into an employee training facility and a

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Posted April 01, 2016in On the Move

Science Center sold to Walmart

The Science Center of Central Iowa announced the sale of its downtown location at 401 West Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway to Walmart Corporation. Walmart’s corporate leaders expect to have a new supercenter operational before the doors of the upcoming Hy-Vee open, thereby being the first grocer in the downtown

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Posted March 23, 2016in On the Move

Jethroni Pepperoni opens for business

Jethroni Pepperoni has arrived in Altoona. The menu includes pasta entrees, pizza, sandwiches and salads. The menu also includes specialties like chicken Marsala, steak de burgo, shrimp scampi and much more. Restaurateur Bruce Gerleman, who operates six other metro Jethro’s restaurants as well as downtown seafood restaurant Splash, has completely

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Posted March 16, 2016in On the Move

Buffets close suddenly

Two popular buffet restaurants recently closed abruptly without giving notice to their workers or customers. Ryan’s Buffet, an all you can eat restaurant in Clive, is closed, and so is Old Country Buffet on Southeast 14th Street in Des Moines. A press release by a mother company in San Antonio

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Posted March 09, 2016in On the Move

Moving on up

Rents for one-bedroom apartments increased 7.7 percent in Des Moines proper in 2015. Efficiencies and studios went up even faster at a clip of 10.3 percent. Larger units saw a more modest increase of 5 to 7 percent, this according to CBRE/Hubbell Commercial’s annual rent survey. Double-digit increases are rare, so

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