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Des Moines bank to be renovated


The West Bank branch location at 3920 S.W. Ninth St. will have a temporary location in a trailer at the same address while the bank’s inside is renovated. Teller stations and offices will fill the trailer, where customers can still do their banking during the estimated two-month remodel. There will be a drive-thru lane at the trailer, but the ATM will still operate in its original location. Once it is finished, the bank will have expanded offices and a larger employee lunch room and other minor improvements. Bank hours will remain the same: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday; and 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday for the lobby. Drive-up hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Goodwill purchases vacant Johnston building

The former American TV & Appliance building at 5355 N.W. 86th St. will soon be home to a Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa store. Goodwill plans to remodel the building before moving its corporate headquarters from the current location at 4900 N.E. 22nd St. in Des Moines. The current location is being displaced by an Iowa Department of Transportation bridge project planned for 2018 that will affect the property. Goodwill paid $5.9 million for the property, which has been vacant since April, and plans to move in late 2015 or early 2016.

Marina business owners close one bar to open another

Owners Brad and Lisa Lepley have closed On the Rocks Eatery and Spirits in Ankeny after less than a year, and the 5,400-square-foot property at 1720 S.W. Whitebirch Circle is available for lease. Now they have opened SandBar Grill at the Saylorville Marina in Polk City. The bar and restaurant will be in the marina’s main building at 6170 N.W. Polk City Drive. The Lepleys have also owned Latitude 41 Bar and Grill for seven years. While Latitude 41 is a seasonal restaurant, SandBar Grill will be open year-round. Hours are 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday and Friday; and 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Call 515-984-9391.

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Technology start-up community is expanding

Gravitate, a business building the provides meeting space and office area for start-up businesses to meet and to bounce technology ideas off of each other, is expanding in Des Moines. Located at 206 Sixth Ave. in the Midland building, Gravitate now has room to expand to the fourth and fifth floors in addition to the already occupied third floor. Gravitate hosts about 50 members and 20 technology companies. You can subscribe for $150 a month and sign up for their newsletter at

East Village owners looking for renters

Midwest Clothiers is a local company that owns the space currently housing Raygun but is looking for new renters to fill the space once the T-shirt company moves into its new building. Tim Sitzmann, co-owner of Midwest Clothiers, said the company wants whoever moves into the space to be apparel-driven. Midwest Clothiers owns several clothing shops in the metro area and had planned to use the space in the 400 block of East Locust Street to host its pop-up women’s boutique Proper. Instead, Proper will become a permanent fixture in sibling store Badowers at 2817 Ingersoll Ave. The company decided to keep Proper in the men’s apparel store to allow it to mature, but there is a possibility it could fill the space soon to be vacated by Raygun in the future. Proper’s hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays through the holidays.

Part of downtown skywalk reopened

The skywalk through the Des Moines Partnership Building is now open again, linking Wells Fargo and Nationwide with the rest of the skywalk system. The bridges connected had been closed since March when the Younkers building fire damaged the area. CV

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