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On the Move

Zombie Burger adds second location in Jordan Creek


Zombie Burger is expanding its reach into the food court of Jordan Creek Town Center. Owners George Formaro, Paul Rottenberg and Jeremy Reichart plan to open the new branch, Zombie Burger + Shake Lab, in June or July this year. It will be a smaller version of the downtown location, featuring 10-12 of Zombie Burger’s most popular sandwiches, fries and shakes. Zombie Burger + Shake Lab will take over the space recently vacated by Wendy’s and closest to the movie theater. The 1,400-square-foot area is substantially smaller than the East Village location, which opened at 300 E. Grand Ave. in August 2011 and has a kitchen with 1,100 square feet.

Downtown Hy-Vee awaits final approval

The proposed design of the Court Avenue Hy-Vee received preliminary approval by the Urban Design Review Board on Jan. 6, but questions were raised about parking, truck traffic and the impact nearby restaurants will face by adding the grocery store. Hy-Vee and Knapp Properties proposed the 35,000-sqaure-foot grocery store to be located at 420 Court Ave. with three upper floors containing approximately 81 apartments. A parking lot with about 200 stalls used by visitors to many restaurants and the Downtown Farmers Market would be eliminated to make room for the Hy-Vee. The Urban Design Review Board will consider final design and financial incentives later in January.

Pita Pit opens next store in Urbandale

Mike Rink is looking to bring more Pita Pit locations to the metro area, in addition to the stores he already operates in Ankeny, Cedar Falls and Waterloo. His latest location opened recently at 4212 Merle Hay Road, next to Dunkin’ Donuts. The new Pita Pit seats about 42 and offers online and mobile ordering services. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Call 515-331-2412, visit or find it on Facebook.

Strudl Haus opens in Des Moines

Michael Leo has opened a pastry shop at 1951 Indianola Ave. in Des Moines after selling his pastries at the Downtown Farmers Market for 20 years. Strudl Haus serves Kaiser rolls, butter, jam, meats and cheeses in a continental-style breakfast with eggs, bacon and fruit add-ons. For lunch, it offers classic Austrian broth soups with dumplings, pastas, sandwiches, meats and a seasonal dish. Tapas are served in the evenings. Strudl Haus is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 6 a.m. to midnight, Thursday and Friday; 8 a.m. to midnight, Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Call 515-259-9886, visit or find it on Facebook.

Urbandale bookstore closed

Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, located at 8431 Hickman Road in Cobblestone Market, closed shortly before Christmas after little more than a year in business. Tina Mowry Hadden, a marketing director at Hubbell Realty, which owned the Des Moines franchise, said the store’s sales were not as high as expected, although Brilliant Sky did launch a successful closing sale. Hubbell Realty is now looking for a new tenant for the space.

Iowa Realty acquires local franchise

Iowa Realty has announced its purchase of Knoxville Iowa Realty, which has been a long-time franchise of the company. The Knoxville office and agents will merge with the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors. Its properties will now be marketed through the Des Moines Multiple Listing Service and on Randy and Sheryl Chambers owned the Knoxville franchise and will continue to manage the Knoxville office.

Discount store now open in Des Moines

T.D. Bargains is the new store selling closeout merchandise such as $1 jewelry, boxes of returned Kmart goods and close-to-date and outdated food products. Ted Ruckle opened the store at 1710 Guthrie Ave., Suite R. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, except for the first weekend of each month. Instead, customers can find Ruckle selling his merchandise at the flea market located at the Iowa fairgrounds on those weekends. Call 515-975-1489 or find T.D. Bargains on Facebook.

Correction: In last week’s On the Move column we wrote that Dennis and Susan Albaugh of Albaugh LLC and DRA Properties LC donated $1 million each to DMACC’s culinary arts program and the football stadium. The donations were actually made to the Ankeny Stadium and the DMACC culinary program. We apologize for the error. CV


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