Wells Fargo to open $100 million West Des Moines office12/24/2014
In January, employees of the metro’s largest employer will start to move into its new multimillion-dollar building on the company’s West Des Moines campus. Wells Fargo & Co. built the new wing to house about 1,800 employees, which analysts say shows its commitment to the Des Moines area and its confidence in the housing market’s recovery. With about 13,500 workers in central Iowa, Wells Fargo is the area’s largest employer. It maintains its residential lending headquarters, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, in West Des Moines.
Scooter’s Coffee expanding in the metro
Two 450-square-foot drive-thru-only kiosks are planned for the Sherwood Forest retail center at 73rd Street and Hickman Road in Windsor Heights and near Copper Creek on University Avenue in Pleasant Hill. The menus will be the same as the Scooter’s coffee shops downtown, and the drive-thru locations are expected to open in early spring.
Scenic Route Bakery to open in East Village
Katy Nelson is the pasty chef behind the new East Village bakery, which she hopes to open before the New Year. Nelson operates the business with her father, Mark Nelson. Scenic Route Bakery is located at 350 E. Locust St. in Des Moines and will serve baked goods, soups, salads, sandwiches and plated desserts. Katy Nelson is originally from Ames and graduated from Des Moines Area Community College’s culinary program. She went on to study at the French Pastry School in Chicago and worked in Seattle before moving back to Iowa to work at Clive’s Table 128. The bakery will seat about 90 inside and an additional 25 on a seasonal patio. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and it will be closed on Sunday.
Second location for pet store now open
April Lawrence opened the second location of Bone-A-Patreat in Hawthorne Plaza, at 9250 University Ave. in West Des Moines. The store sells pet food, treats and toys. The original location is in the Uptown Shopping Center at 4110 University Ave. in Des Moines. The new store is about twice the size of the original, and both offer all-natural pet food, as well as all kinds of pet accessories. West Des Moines hours are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Call 515-518-3600, visit www.boneapatreat.com or find it on Facebook.
Gusto Pizza Co. to expand in springtime
With current locations at 1905 Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines and 8950 University Ave. in West Des Moines, Gusto Pizza Co. will expand its offerings to the Johnston area. The new location will be found at 8605 Chambery Boulevard and is set to open in spring 2015. It is located in a building currently undergoing construction on the northwest corner of Chambery and 86th Street.
Ankeny welcomes new sign store
Signarama, a store offering signs, vehicle wraps, banners and other graphic services, has opened in at 1450 N.E. 69th Pl #55 in Ankeny. Tyler Tamisiea, originally from the Okoboji area, opened the new store after working for Johnson & Johnson in the Midwest. There are two Signarama locations in the metro, and all are independently owned. The Ankeny store is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 515-216-1240, visit www.signarama.com/ia-ankeny or find it on Facebook.
Hubbell Realty to renovate historic Maytag offices
West Des Moines-based developer Hubbell Realty Co. recently gained initial approval on its plans to renovate the century-old office buildings that served as Maytag’s headquarters in Newton. The plan would turn the brick buildings into 42 residential loft apartments called Factory Lofts. Maytag’s parent company Whirlpool closed all of its Newton operations in 2007, leading to years of layoffs. Hubbell’s $7 million project was approved by the Newton City Council earlier in December, and it now hinges on the distribution of low-income housing tax credits and historic tax credits. All but six of the residential units would be income-restricted. The announcement about allowing incentives is expected to arrive in March. CV