Fridley to build 12-screen theater in Waukee1/6/2016
Fridley Theatres, a Des Moines-based company, announced plans to build a 12-screen theater in Waukee. The theater will be called The Palms in Waukee, and it is expected to open on the northwest corner of Northeast Westgate Drive and Hickman Road in the spring of 2017. Construction is expected to begin late this summer, but the company is still in the early stages of design. Fridley purchased a 15-acre parcel for $2.4 million. Some of the land may be sold for additional development, depending on the size and scope of the project. The new theater will feature amenities competitive with other chains, including comfortable seating and more food and drink options. Fridley Theatres owns 22 movie theaters with approximately 100 screens in Iowa and Nebraska.
New federal courthouse planned for Des Moines
Des Moines is one of eight locations nationwide that are part of a massive spending bill approved by President Barack Obama to build new federal courthouses. The bill puts money in the reserves for a new Southern District of Iowa courthouse, though the location, cost and schedule for opening are still not known. The funding by Congress for these eight courthouses totals almost $950 million. Local officials have said for more than a decade that the current courthouse on East First and East Walnut Streets, which is 87 years old, is outdated and fails to accommodate modern concerns of space and security. A number of potential locations are being considered in downtown Des Moines, and an architect is expected to be chosen in the next six to nine months. The project itself could take up to six years to complete.
Independent bookstore to open in April
Mary Rork-Watson announced the opening of her new independent bookstore, Plot Twist Bookstore, at 502 N. Ankeny Blvd., Unit 6, in Ankeny, is set for April. Plot Twist will feature new books for all ages, gifts for readers and community events. “What I want to offer my customers is connection — connection to the right book, to authors and to other readers,” said Rork-Watson. Find more information at www.facebook.com/plottwistbookstore or call 306-3722.
Evolution Nightclub out of business
The Des Moines nightclub where one man was fatally shot and three others were wounded in a Nov. 8 shooting is out of business. Evolution Nightclub had its liquor license suspended after the incident when the sheriff’s office made the request to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division. The sheriff’s office recently found surveillance footage showing bartenders failing to ID patrons and serving alcohol after 2 a.m., and data shows officers had been called to the nightclub more than 70 times between April and November. Evolution applied for a stay against the suspended license, but its attorney dismissed that appeal later.
Changes coming to Jordan Creek Town Center
New-to-Iowa retailer Oakley will open a store in Jordan Creek this summer. Oakley is best known for its sunglasses, but it will also sell clothing, hats and other accessories. Oakley sunglasses are already sold at other mall retailers, but this will be the first full-line retail store in Iowa for the company. The location is still being decided.
Tommy Hilfiger closed its Jordan Creek store at the end of 2015, as the company is focusing more on outlet stores than on shopping malls.
Forever 21 will expand its store across from the food court, taking over the adjacent storefront that houses True Style. Forever 21 is a value-priced retailer that sells trendy clothing and accessories. Plans for the expanded store aren’t finalized yet, but it could include men’s and plus-sized sections not currently offered. While construction happens between the two stores, Forever 21 will move into the former Tommy Hilfiger space on the first floor.
True Style, which took over the store next to Forever 21 after the closing of Wet Seal last year, is looking for another spot in the mall to accommodate the expansion. True Style is a clothing boutique that started out about three years ago in Jordan Creek and moved to the Village area to make room for Vera Bradley. It moved back into the mall about a year ago after Wet Seal closed. CV