Muffler Center to remain open on corridor

Some buildings may start coming down this month to make way for a new strip mall near Fifth Avenue South and 29th Street in Fort Dodge, but muffler work will continue in a shop there until September, according to the owner of the business.

Mitch Frank, owner of The Muffler Center Ltd., said Tuesday afternoon that his shop will be moved to a new location this fall.

”We’re relocating and not closing,” he said.

He did not say where his business will be moving to.

If the muffler shop remains open at its current location until September, a schedule that calls for opening the strip mall this fall may have to be changed.

The muffler shop, two nearby houses and the building that houses SP Electronics Sales and Service are slated to be demolished to make room for a strip mall.

That 15,000-square-foot mall will be the home of a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and three other businesses that have yet to be named.

Howard Allen, of Waterloo, doing business as Metro Investments, is the developer of the project.

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

However, Frank said that while the other buildings will soon be demolished, the one his shop occupies will remain until September. He added that his lease with Allen, who owns the property, is valid until that month.

Fierke said Tuesday that Frank does have a lease until September, but added that Allen hopes to have the shop relocated before it expires.