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Kate Spade, Bass Factory outlet stores opening in Altoona
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Kate Spade, Bass Factory outlet stores opening in Altoona

Multiple brand name stores are opening in Altoona and bringing big discounts along with them. Kate Spade New York, known for its colorful,...

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Walgreens plans to close 200 U.S. stores, according to new SEC filing
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Walgreens plans to close 200 U.S. stores, according to new SEC filing

Walgreens plans to close approximately 200 U. S. stores, the company announced Tuesday in an SEC filing. According to the document posted Tuesday...

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Former AIB campus now home to 93 apartment units with additional plans for commercial, office space
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Former AIB campus now home to 93 apartment units with additional plans for commercial, office space

A dorm hall on the former AIB College of Business campus will become apartments. The Village at Gray's Lake, LLC closed on the $7.5 million...

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Hy-Vee is selling clothing again at its stores — this time with a new brand
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Hy-Vee is selling clothing again at its stores — this time with a new brand

Need to pick up eggs, milk and a pair of pants? Hy-Vee is adding Joe Fresh, a Canadian fashion retailer, to select stores in the Des Moines metro...

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'We are thrilled': Demolition of former St. Joseph's Hospital in Ottumwa finally resumes after nearly a year
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'We are thrilled': Demolition of former St. Joseph's Hospital in Ottumwa finally resumes after nearly a year

Demolition of the former St. Joseph's Hospital in Ottumwa has resumed after the building sat in half-demolished ruin for nearly a year. Neighbors...

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Gravitate, one of Des Moines' first coworking offices, more than triples its space
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Gravitate, one of Des Moines' first coworking offices, more than triples its space

A coworking space that provides wireless internet, coffee and human interaction to entrepreneurs, freelancers and start-up companies has expanded...

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Des Moines' Gas Lamp music venue is up for lease, but its owners hope to keeps the jams playing
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Des Moines' Gas Lamp music venue is up for lease, but its owners hope to keeps the jams playing

Des Moines' Gas Lamp venue is up for lease by property owner Krause Group Real Estate, but the owners of the bar hope to keep the music jamming at...

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Rural Iowa workers lose in state plan to consolidate workforce regions, local leaders say
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Rural Iowa workers lose in state plan to consolidate workforce regions, local leaders say

Leaders representing half of Iowa's 99 counties lodged a federal protest last month to the state's plan to cut unemployment service regions by...

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One of Des Moines' worst slumlords dies, leaves behind 108 substandard properties
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One of Des Moines' worst slumlords dies, leaves behind 108 substandard properties

One of Des Moines' more notorious slumlords died unexpectedly this month. In 2017, Gary Oeth was the subject of several Reader's Watchdog stories...

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Charming Charlie is closing its 2 Iowa stores
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Charming Charlie is closing its 2 Iowa stores

Charming Charlie, a colorful jewelry and accessory chain, is fling for bankruptcy and closing all of its stores, including its two Iowa locations....

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New coffee shop in Des Moines' East Village aims to bring something 'new and different'
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New coffee shop in Des Moines' East Village aims to bring something 'new and different'

It's a love story built from drip coffee and roasted beans. Andrea Cummings worked with her now-husband, Ryan Cummings, at a coffee shop in Ames...

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Trendy discount store Five Below is opening at Merle Hay Mall
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Trendy discount store Five Below is opening at Merle Hay Mall

Popular chain Five Below is getting ready to offer everything from scrunchies to yoga mats to headphones for $5 and under at Merle Hay Mall. The...

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Gazali's Mediterranean Grill plans to stay put as Drake development looms
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Gazali's Mediterranean Grill plans to stay put as Drake development looms

M. J. Gazali jumps up from his chair to greet customers by name at his long-running restaurant near Drake University. "How are you guys?" Gazali...

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$63 million project near Drake University would include apartments, townhomes, remodeled Varsity Theatre
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$63 million project near Drake University would include apartments, townhomes, remodeled Varsity Theatre

Drake University is selling land it owns east of its campus for a $63 million development that would include apartments, townhomes, commercial...

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Casey's looks to automation to address labor shortage faced by rural Iowa employers
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Casey's looks to automation to address labor shortage faced by rural Iowa employers

Ordering kiosks and self-checkout options could be coming to one of rural Iowa's most prominent retail businesses. Casey's General Stores, the...

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Dollar Tree coming to new Altoona commercial development near Adventureland
News 2 months ago
Dollar Tree coming to new Altoona commercial development near Adventureland

Discount retailer Dollar Tree is planning to open a new location in Altoona. The store chain, known for selling all items for $1 or below, will be...

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After $26 million in previous awards, Facebook seeks no state incentives for latest data center
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After $26 million in previous awards, Facebook seeks no state incentives for latest data center

Facebook will not seek state economic development money to build its newest $400 million data center in central Iowa. Altoona awarded the social...

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Party City closing 45 stores amid global helium shortage
News 3 months ago
Party City closing 45 stores amid global helium shortage

Amid a global helium shortage, Party City announced Thursday it will shutter 45 stores in 2019. The New Jersey-based party supplies company did not...

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Contractor says Blackbird owes $1.6 million; development agreement for downtown tower expires
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Contractor says Blackbird owes $1.6 million; development agreement for downtown tower expires

John Richards is living in his own personal "Groundhog Day." Every morning, the Ottumwa man wakes up and looks out the window to the same sight:...

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This new East Village building is the first of its kind in the United States
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This new East Village building is the first of its kind in the United States

A new building in Des Moines' East Village is the first in the United States built using a unique type of mass timber - an eco-friendly material...

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Southridge Mall tenants must leave their stores after mall owner does not renew leases
News 3 months ago
Southridge Mall tenants must leave their stores after mall owner does not renew leases

After 17 years of selling customized wood gifts and furniture, Shari Hornback, the owner of Mountain Memories Arts at Southridge Mall is getting...

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Facebook to invest $400 million in fifth Altoona data center building
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Facebook to invest $400 million in fifth Altoona data center building

Facebook plans to invest $400 million to build its fifth data center building in Altoona. The company entered a development agreement with the city...

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Company behind $9 million Iowa development files bankruptcy
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Company behind $9 million Iowa development files bankruptcy

CHARLES CITY, Ia. - The development company behind an $8.6 million Charles City project has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Chapter 11...

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Kwik Star opening new store Ankeny; expanding into Des Moines metro
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Kwik Star opening new store Ankeny; expanding into Des Moines metro

Ankeny residents will be able to chow down on some corn dogs, cheese nuggets and hamburgers once Kwik Star opens in town this summer. The...

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Kum & Go sells 5 central Iowa stores; Circle K breaks into Des Moines market
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Kum & Go sells 5 central Iowa stores; Circle K breaks into Des Moines market

Circle K, a Canadian-owned convenience store chain, is breaking into the Des Moines market. Known for its Polar Pop cups, Froster slushies and...

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Des Moines University's move creates rare opportunity for Iowa's capital city
News 4 months ago
Des Moines University's move creates rare opportunity for Iowa's capital city

Des Moines University's planned move to the suburbs creates a rare opportunity for Iowa's capital city: a large piece of developable, taxable land....

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QuikTrip closes Des Moines store; 4 more metro locations being sold
News 4 months ago
QuikTrip closes Des Moines store; 4 more metro locations being sold

QuikTrip has closed its doors at 2221 East Euclid Ave. and is expected to sell four more of its locations in the Des Moines metro. "We go through...

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Bed Bath and Beyond to close 40 stores; fate of Iowa locations unknown
News 4 months ago
Bed Bath and Beyond to close 40 stores; fate of Iowa locations unknown

Home goods superstore Bed Bath and Beyond plans to close at least 40 stores this year. Whether any of the company's nine Iowa locations will be...

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More Iowa farmers face trouble securing financing as planting season nears
News 4 months ago
More Iowa farmers face trouble securing financing as planting season nears

Dozens of Iowa farmers may be unable to get operating loans to buy seed, pay rent or make tractor payments this year, a sign of the growing cracks...

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'An outrageous boondoggle': City, business leaders fight government on federal courthouse in downtown Des Moines
News 4 months ago
'An outrageous boondoggle': City, business leaders fight government on federal courthouse in downtown Des Moines

Des Moines officials say they're disappointed with the federal government's first design of a new federal courthouse downtown, amplifying the...

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