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On the move

Buckle to move into its own building

- Messenger photo by Bill Shea
Excavating equipment is parked at a construction site along South 29th Street where a new store for The Buckle is being built. It will be a 5,000 square foot single story building.

Clothing retailer Buckle will be moving out of Crossroads Mall and into a new building being constructed for it right across the street.

The new store on South 29th Street is expected to open before Thanksgiving.

The fenced-in construction site is in front of Marshall’s and Hobby Lobby.

”They wanted to be near where they are now so their customers can find them and continue to enjoy their products,” said Keith Ray, president of Arizona-based Edge Architecture and Planning. That firm designed the building.

Ray said the structure will be a 5,000-square-foot, single-story building.

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea
Fencing encloses a site along South 29th Street where construction crews are beginning to build a new store for The Buckle. It is expected to be open before Thanksgiving.

Ray said construction is just getting started. Concrete has been cut up and removed and some excavating has been done.

Twin Shores of East Moline, Illinois, is the general contractor. Doyle Construction and McElroy Concerte, both of Fort Dodge, are subcontractors.

The move to a new site for Buckle comes as the Crossroads Mall is being transformed into a campus of multiple buildings called Corridor Plaza..

The wings of the mall which once held Sears and JC Penney have been torn down. More demolition is planned, but a portion of the existing mall will be left standing. It will be renovated to provide space for a handful of stores.

A new UnityPoint Health — Clinic Express at the north end of the mall property is expected to open before the end of the month. A new Discount Tire store is being built near the south end of the property.

A gas station, hotel and a series of mixed use buildings housing stores, offices and apartments are also planned.

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