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Raccoon River Brewing Company to close in March


Raccoon River Brewing Co. announced earlier this month it will be closing its doors on March 7. The restaurant and brewer has been in business for 18 years and is located at 200 10th St. in the historic Clemons Building, which will be sold. The property’s prospective owners have plans to redevelop it, but no details have been made available at this time. The buyers have reserved the restaurant and brewing equipment in the purchase agreement, although there is no speculation on the possibility of a new restaurant opening there yet.


REI to open first Iowa location in West Des Moines

REI, a Seattle-based outdoor retail company, will open its first store in Iowa this fall. The company plans to build a 23,500-square-foot building in Mills Crossing, the new retail development on the corner of 60th Street and Mills Civic Parkway. The nearest REI store is currently in Bloomington, Minnesota, and there are about 3,600 REI members in Iowa. The retailer sells outdoor equipment such as camping, climbing, cycling, hiking, travel and snow sports merchandise. The one-story building is part of Hurd Real Estate’s new development project, which also includes Fresh Market and another 23,000-square-foot storefront.


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West Des Moines beauty goods store to close

After 25 years of service, Michael Spade will close his beauty supply store, Beauty First, on March 14. Spade will liquidate all the inventory in his store before he retires, and he will also sell his fixtures and equipment. Spade tried to sell the business, located at 4100 University Ave., Suite 107 in West Des Moines, but did not receive any offers. He opened the store in 1989 at Governor’s Square in West Des Moines, and it was called Beauty Warehouse at the time. He moved it to Watertower Place about five years ago. Beauty First is currently open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Call 515-222-0332, visit or find it on Facebook.


Hotel Fort Des Moines sold, set for remodel

Raj Patel’s family purchased Hotel Fort Des Moines, a downtown landmark, for $4 million with plans to begin $40 million renovation later in the year. Patel’s family bought the landmark through a subsidiary of its Burlington-based company, Hawkeye Hotels. The once-great hotel has suffered a slow decline in recent years, but it used to host presidents, celebrities and even foreign leaders. The renovations will include refurbishing the historical parts of the first and second floors and gutting the upper floors. The hotel will close during the project for the first time since its opening 95 years ago. It is expected to reopen in late 2016 or early 2017 under the Hotel Fort Des Moines name, but under different operations. Hawkeye Hotels is negotiating to operate it as either a Hilton- or Marriott-brand property.


Fresh Market expected to come to West Des Moines

The Fresh Market filed documents with the Polk County recorder’s office outlining leasing plans for a 23,000-square-foot store on the corner of 60th Street and Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines. The store could open as soon as this fall in the Mills Crossing retail and commercial development, which is under construction. The company hasn’t announced any official word on the opening, but the documents detailed a 10-year lease. The Fresh Market stores feature a bakery, meat counter, fresh seafood, a large selection of cheeses and a product department with more than 400 items, including a large selection of organic items. The company’s plans depend on obtaining approval from the city of West Des Moines.


Few RadioShack stores will stay open in metro

Electronics retailer RadioShack has or will close several locations in the Des Moines area after going bankrupt, though a few stores will remain open for a time. Half of the company’s 4,000 stores will be sold. Stores that have or will be closed include 2005 S.E. Delaware Ave., in Ankeny, and those in Merle Hay Mall, Valley West Mall and Jordan Creek Town Center. The RadioShack locations remaining open are all in Des Moines at 4841 S.E. 14th St., 2545 E. Euclid Ave., 3517 E. 26th St., and 4131 University Ave. CV

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