Former Mason City Restaurant Building to Become Riddle’s New Jewelry Store | Local

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The building that was previously occupied by Whiskey Creek Woodfire Grill and Country Kitchen before that, will soon experience a revival.

Since Whiskey Creek closed in 2016, the building has been vacant, but next year it will house a new business.






The old Whiskey Creek building located on Route 122 in Mason City is undergoing renovations to become Riddle’s Jewelry’s new home in 2022.


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According to Brett Schoneman of Schoneman Realtors, the building will be occupied by Riddle’s Jewelry after construction and renovations are completed.

Rick Morel, director of Riddle’s Jewelry in Mason City, said once construction is complete the store will move from its current location in the Southbridge Mall and reopen in the old restaurant building on Highway 122 near the center. Willowbrook commercial.

Morel said Riddle bought the new property in 2020, initially planning to move this fall, but the timeline was eventually pushed back.

According to Beacon ownership records, the old Whiskey Creek building was sold by First Citizens Bank to R&R Reality LLC on June 17 for $ 231,000. Records indicate that the sale was the result of a foreclosure or default against the previous owner of the property.

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The goal is for Riddle’s to open the doors to the new location next year, but Morel said there was no concrete date for any of the plans.

“We would love to get started and move there,” Morel said. “We will eventually move out of here,” Morel said. “We have slowly remodeled (the new location).”

When the move takes place, Schoneman said Riddle’s will occupy approximately 3,000 square feet on the north side of the building. He said the jewelry store was looking for someone to lease the approximately 1,200 square feet in the back portion of the building.

Schoneman said Riddle’s hope is to set up a drive-thru operation in a smaller space, like a cafe.

Although the building is still a few months away from being operational, Morel is excited about the change to come.

“It’s looking pretty good,” Morel said. “I had a great time with (the renovations).”

Riddle’s isn’t the only business shutting down at Southbridge Mall as it will soon begin its transition to a family entertainment hub called Hollywoodland.

Mason’s city council unanimously approved the transformation at a city council meeting in June.

According to developer David Rachie, Hollywoodland would include: a bowling alley, an Iowa’s Backpocket Brewing, go-karts, some sort of golf course, a movie theater, a pizzeria in Gino’s East in Chicago, and an Iowa Hawkeyes sports bar. announcer Gary Dolphin.

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The closing date is on or around August 28. The old Sears building may also soon undergo a complete redevelopment.

Over the past year or so, Southbridge has also seen Chris’ Kettle Corn leave the mall to open a store in Clear Lake over the summer, and Mr. Taco shut down in December 2020.

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“You’ve all supported us when we first opened and now when times are tough.”

Southbridge Mall was originally scheduled to close on or around August 28 and the final floor plans for Hollywoodland were to be sent to the town of Mason City by December 31, 2021. However, the schedule has been pushed back until financing plans can be finalized.

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Rachie “has always been the managing partner with whom the city has worked”.

Zachary Dupont covers politics and business development for the Globe Gazette. You can reach him at 641-421-0533 or [email protected] Follow Zachary on Twitter at @ZachNDupont

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