Brand new ReStore5/11/2016
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity has opened a new resale shop, ReStore, with its second metro area store at 4033 N.W. Urbandale Drive in Urbandale. The 25,000-square-foot building provides discounted wares to retail shoppers, remodelers and house-flippers. Habitat’s first local ReStore originally opened on Second Avenue in 2003, and the store eventually moved to its current location at 2200 E. Euclid Ave. in Des Moines. The Des Moines outlet has been very successful, ranking No. 1 in sales among the 850 Habitat ReStores nationwide. ReStore accepts new and gently used building materials for home remodeling. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 515-309-0224 or visit www.gdmhabitat.org/restore.
Downtown food court is back
The downtown food court in the Partnership Building is operational again. It closed more than two years ago after sustaining water damage during the catastrophic fire to the adjacent building formerly known as the Younkers Building. The new food court has been dubbed Local Bites, and it contains an all-local lineup on the garden level at 700 Locust St. Restaurants include Burger Shop, Jimmy’s Gyros, L’Italiano, Local Yocals, Moar Tacos, Teriyaki Boys and Viva Mexico. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Sears to close this summer
Southridge Mall, 1111 East Army Post Road, is set to lose one of its main anchor stores later this summer. Sears recently let employees know they will exit the shopping center, likely in August. Although an exact ending date isn’t final yet, a liquidation sale will begin later this month. The Sears corporate organization is undergoing a reorganization process and trying to reduce expenses, adjust its asset base and transform its business model. Earlier in the year, the corporate office announced 50 stores would close, and the call center in West Des Moines is scheduled for a June shutdown. The Sears store in Southridge Mall opened nearly 40 years ago. It has approximately 37 employees.
Smoothie King coming soon
A total of five new Smoothie Kings are on the docket for the Des Moines area over the span of the next five years. The first is set to for Aug. 10 and will occupy the old address of Caribou Coffee at 5545 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines at the West Glen Town Center. The New Orleans-based fruit and vegetable smoothie provider offers 60 different menu options. The company has 750 franchises worldwide and touts itself as having “smoothies with a purpose.” For information, visit www.smoothieking.com.
Technology firm doubling down
LightEdge Solutions Inc., a company that provides server and cloud services, is slated to more than double its operations in Altoona’s growing tech industry when it builds a new 50,000-square-foot expansion. The new facility will offer “data condos,” which are private cages that house information behind highly secured fencing. Location was a critical factor in the company’s decision. LightEdge was attracted by the low energy costs and the central location of Altoona. LightEdge will break ground in May, and construction is expected to finish in 2017.
The Purl Cafe & Tea Room
Urbandale’s Purl Cafe & Tea Room has closed up its shop while ownership looks for a different location. The cafe and bakery at the corner of 70th Street and Douglas Avenue had a seven-month run serving breakfast and lunch, but it ultimately did not draw enough customers to support the 48-seat operation, which was located at 7003 Douglas Ave.
The Sports Authority
Sports Authority recently announced it’s either closing or selling 140 of its national sporting goods stores. CV