It is a move that suits the seller and buyer.
Burger King was located at 3865 Elmore Ave., Davenport, for 18 years before moving in August to a new building at 5701 Elmore Ave.
Enter Doland Jewelers, currently at 1611 W. Locust St., Davenport. Owner Will Doland purchased the Burger King building and, after renovations, will move there March 4.
“We actually have been looking for about five years now,” Doland said. “But this is right all around. Everybody we have discussed it with said it was a no-brainer.
“We are heading over toward a more trafficked area for shopping. With this place, there is more room for growth, more parking, a bigger facility.”
Travis Stovie is director of operations for Beaton Inc., an ownership group that owns 19 Burger Kings, including the new store on Elmore, one on Devils Glen Road in Bettendorf and stores in Clinton, Muscatine, Kewanee, Ill., and Rock Falls, Ill.
He said every 20 years, Beaton has to sign a new franchise agreement with Burger King and that meant updating the store to company standards.
He said when a Walmart store near the Elmore Avenue Burger King moved further north on Elmore about 11 years ago, the traffic count for his restaurant fell.
“Moving gave us an opportunity to get back in front of Walmart,” he said.
Doland Jewelers is a family business. Will’s father, Mike, started the first store in Bellevue, Iowa, their hometown. Later, they operated a store in Maquoketa, Iowa, and now have stores in Davenport and Dubuque. Will Doland said that about 10 years ago, he purchased the former Rice Jewelers at the West Locust Street location.
Today, Will’s father, mother, Priscilla, and brothers, Nick and Lucas, operate the Dubuque store while Will and his wife, Crystal, run the Davenport store.