Buffalo Wild Wings plans FD location

Buffalo Wild Wings and Frito-Lay are coming to Fort Dodge.

The restaurant chain will be one occupant of a strip mall to be built at Fifth Avenue South and 29th Street, while the snack food company will occupy a new distribution center in the East Industrial Park.

The Fort Dodge City Council on Monday took action to support those new developments plus three others.

No one from the companies addressed the council Monday evening, and the names Buffalo Wild Wings and Frito-Lay weren’t used during the meeting.

However, the names were revealed in an email from the leaders of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.

Strip mall

The strip mall will be located where two houses, The Muffler Center Ltd., and SP Electronics Sales & Service are now.

Howard Allen, of Waterloo, doing business as Metro Investments, proposes to build a 15,000-square-foot mall to house Buffalo Wild Wings and three other businesses that have yet to be named.

The demolition of the existing buildings will start this month, and the strip mall should open this fall, according to a report to the council from City Manager David Fierke.

On Monday, the City Council passed a resolution declaring its intent to use up to $350,000 in tax increment financing money to support the project. Tax increment financing occurs when increased property tax revenue from a designated area is set aside to be reinvested in that area.

That resolution was passed without comment by the council.


The Frito-Lay distribution center will be located at the corner of Maple Drive and Midway Boulevard in the East Industrial park. It will be located on property that was owned for years for the Humane Society of North Central Iowa, according to Mayor Matt Bemrich. The Humane Society eventually built its animal shelter on South 32nd Street, and the industrial park property is now a vacant lot owned by the city.

A 6,600-square-foot building will be constructed there. The distribution center will employ 10 people.

Last week, Frito-Lay was identified by local officials only as a Fortune 500 company.

The City Council on Monday sold the property to Ebert Construction, of Corcoran, Minn., for $75,000. That company will build the center and lease it to Frito-Lay.

Construction is expected to start in May and be done by July 15.

Other projects

City Council members voted to commit tax increment financing money to three other projects that are either underway or were previously announced.

The council approved an agreement giving Foutch Brothers LLC, of Kansas City, Mo., up to $1,047,000 for its plan to convert the former Phillips Middle School, 1015 Fifth Ave. N., into apartments.

The council also approved an agreement giving Kemna Properties LLC up to $76,000 to reimburse it for the cost of demolishing buildings and cleaning up property in the 2500 block of First Avenue South.

Those buildings, a car wash and the former Ron’s Quick Lube, have been demolished and a new Valvoline oil change station is being built at that site.

Also on Monday, the council approved an agreement to give Bret and Deb Harklau up to $60,000 to reimburse them for the cost of demolishing a building and cleaning up the property at 523 Kirkberg Blvd. They plan to build a hotel called the Cobblestone Inn at that site.

A former restaurant building at the site has already been demolished.