Downtown hotel rebrands, changes name10/8/2014
The owners of The Suites of 800 Locust have rebranded the downtown hotel and renamed the property Des Lux (pronounced deluxe) Hotel. Rebound Hospitality paid $3.27 million for the hotel last December and has invested about $500,000 in improvements on the 102-year-old, 51-room property. They have also renamed the hotel’s bar, calling the former Cosmopolitan Lounge the Des Lux Bar. Call 515-288-5800, visit www.desluxhotel.com or look it up on Facebook.
Car-X opens store in Ankeny
An auto service center opened east of the Des Moines Area Community College at 2105 S. Ankeny Blvd. Car-X Service Center has 10 service bays offering oil changes, general automotive repairs, tire services and more. Owners Mark and Julie Goldner own six other Car-X locations in Des Moines, Clive, Ames and Altoona. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Call 515-964-1155, visit www.carxdesmoines.com/ankeny or find it on Facebook.
Dine-in theater begins hiring process
Flix Brewhouse is the craft beer and dinner movie theater currently undergoing construction at Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines, and it is now taking applications for a variety of positions. It is slated to open with one first-run movie on Dec. 12, though construction delays and other factors may cause for that date to be pushed back, according to Senior Vice President of Operations Matthew Baizer. Flix will have eight screens, a brewery and a restaurant on the upper level of the mall. Find it on Facebook.
Jersey Mike’s Subs franchise spreads to Iowa
Iowa’s first Jersey Mike’s will open Oct. 1 at 12851 University Ave. in Clive. The new franchised location is owned by Jed Hoffman and Scott Miller, who plan to open 10 locations in central Iowa throughout the next five years. A grand opening event will take place Oct. 1-5 at the Clive location. The sub shop offers freshly sliced meets and cheeses and bakes bread daily. Jersey Mike’s hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Call 515-224-1000, visit www.jerseymikes.com or find it on Facebook.
Des Moines bicycle and sporting goods shop to close
Boulevard Sports, located at 4211 Chamberlain Drive, has announced it will be closing at the end of October. Ann Irvine said she has struggled to keep the store open since her husband and the store’s owner Chuck Irvine died of cancer two years ago. The store opened in 1985 and moved to its current location in 1996. Boulevard is now selling its inventory at a discounted price, and it’s open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Wednesdays. Call 515-255-8433 or visit www.blvdbikes.com.
Ames Kmart set to close
The company announced another Iowa closure in Ames. The Kmart located at 1405 Buckeye Ave. will close in December, and a liquidation sale has already begun. The Ames location has 44 workers, and Howard Riefs, a company spokesman, said they will all have the opportunity to apply for positions at area Sears or Kmart stores.
Office and shopping development planned for West Des Moines
Hurd Real Estate bought a 17-acre piece of land on the corner of 60th St. and Mills Civic Parkway with plans to make it into an office and shopping development called Mills Crossing. The acreage is one of the few remaining undeveloped plots in that area. The company paid $6.6 million for the land a year ago, and preparations for development began last week for the 30,000-square-foot, three-story office building. The site will also include three 25,000-square-foot junior anchor retail stores and other smaller retail and restaurant options. At least two of the junior anchor stores have leases being negotiated for stores new to Iowa. Hurd Real Estate plans to move from its current location at 2000 Fuller Road in West Des Moines into the top floor of the office building in order to be closer to some of its developments. CV
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