New Kum & Go store to replace current Windsor Heights location10/15/2014
Kum & Go is planning an expansion at the intersection of 73rd St. and University Avenue in Windsor Heights, expected to open by March of 2015. The new store will replace one that sat on the corner of the lot. Kum & Go purchased the adjacent property, which used to house Flooring Gallery, and will use both lots for its new 5,000-square-foot convenience store and twice as many fuel pumps as the previous store. The new Kum & Go will also offer more prepared food options, including made-to-order pizzas, baked goods, breakfast and deli sandwiches.
East Village boutique moves down the block
ACCENTI women’s boutique is moving from its previous location at 400 E. Locust St. — where it had been for nine years — to a new spot at 311 E. Fifth St. Salon W is now leasing ACCENTI’s previous spot. The boutique sells clothing and accessories for women. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday. Call 515-284-8877 for more information.
Kleener Image opens in Grimes
Kleener Image Landscape Supply opened recently west of Canoyer Garden Center in Grimes. Located at 3250 S.E. Gateway Drive, the company sells landscaping tools and accessories such as mulch, boulders and patio stones. Moving into the winter months, Kleener Image will sell ice melt, sand and liquid de-icer. The family-owned business offers drive-through service and delivery to metro locations. Dave and Tammy Kleen and their son, Andy, own the business and also operate Kleener Image Cleaning and Restoration for carpet cleaning and water restoration. Fall season hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. In the winter, they are available by appointment and 24 hours a day during winter storms. Call 515-556-8673 or find it on Facebook.
Younkers remodel scheduled
The March fire in the downtown Des Moines Younkers building stalled its redevelopment, but the remodeling is set to begin again — possibly as early as this year. According to development directors, the west building will be renovated into about 20,000 square feet of first-floor commercial space with 60 one- and two- bedroom apartments above. The apartments could be ready for tenants by the end of 2015, said David Vos, development director for Alexander Co. of Madison, Wisconsin. The Younkers Tea Room will also be restored and possibly expanded, and the project is returning to its former name of the Wilkins Building, which was the name before Younkers took it over in 1924.
Southridge Mall keeps expanding
It’s been a long process to revamp Des Moines’ Southridge Mall, located at 1111 E. Army Post Road. In the last two years, it’s had $35 million put into the effort, transforming the enclosed mall into an open-air center with a courtyard and outdoor access to many stores. Party City is next on the list of new stores, and it is expected to open next to Sears on Dec. 3. There are also plans in the works for a residential development on the 18 acres of land south of Younkers, according to Norm Forge’t (pronounced ‘For zhay’), the manager of Southridge. The proposed housing development would include 300 apartments and 48 housing units for seniors, though the company is not giving any details yet.
Iowa Events Center renews contract
Officials in Polk County agreed to a 10-year extension with the Philadelphia-based Comcast-Spectacor and its subsidiaries, the group that operates the Iowa Events Center. The contract runs through 2026, and the events center includes Wells Fargo Arena, Hy-Vee Hall and Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center at Veterans Memorial. The facilities brought in a combined record $1.2 million revenue for Polk County through concerts and the Iowa Wild pro hockey team. Though Polk County owns the events center, under the agreement, Comcast-Spectacor takes the financial risk from the operations and keeps a portion of the revenue from the center. CV
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