John Wheatley's L&W Bedding has been flipped twice from his Iowa Quad-City store locations.
First, his longtime store located at Five Points in Davenport was moved to make way for a new drug store. Then in 2014, his relocated store in downtown Bettendorf got moved out by the Interstate 74 bridge alignment project.
But now, L&W is back in Bettendorf with a new store at 3357 Devils Glen Road. Wheatley said confidently, "We’re in a new part of town. I don’t think they can kick me out of here."
L&W Bedding, which maintains its original location in Moline, returned to the Iowa side last month in a strip mall with Coffee Hound as well as Bettendorf Lock Co., which ironically was his downtown neighbor.
"I remember when I first got in business in the city that’s divided by the river," he said. "To be prosperous, you used to have to be in business on both sides."
But when his 1544 Grant St. location sat in the path of the I-74 bridge project, he thought, "Maybe you don’t."
That same year, L&W had just landed "a good-sized account," making mattresses for semi trucks, and he decided to focus on that business with his Moline store and his downtown Moline mattress factory.
Although many Iowa customers crossed the bridge for a long time, Wheatley said, "Over the last year, we had gotten less and less (traffic from Iowa).''
The new Bettendorf store’s hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It can be reached at 563-459-0101.
Bottler with Q-C ties expanding
Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Co. is more than quadrupling its storage and distribution capacity in the Des Moines metro area to meet the demands of its expanded territory, which includes the Quad-Cities.
That Atlantic, Iowa-based company announced last week it purchased an industrial building south of downtown Des Moines.
Last October, the century-old company acquired the distribution rights for most of the state of Iowa from The Coca-Cola Co. The deal expanded Atlantic Bottling from two Iowa locations in Atlantic and Waukee to nine facilities statewide, including one in Rock Island that serves the entire Quad-Cities.
"We're delighted to have the opportunity to expand our family business to better serve customers throughout the area," said Kirk Tyler, the CEO.
Atlantic Bottling Co. has been family-owned and operated for 108 years.
Rob Feeney, the company's president and chief operating officer, said that with the expansion, the bottler "saw an opportunity to increase the production capacity of our two bottling lines based in Atlantic."
In doing so, he said, "It was critical to identify additional warehouse space in Des Moines to centralize the finished goods distribution across our territory."
The new building sits south of downtown Des Moines on Army Post Road with access to Iowa 5 and Interstates 80 and 35.
Country Financial moves into new home
A trio of Country Financial representatives have moved to a new office at 2223 E. Kimberly Road in Bettendorf.
The office includes representatives Mitch Dietrich, Penny Ainslie and Lauren Pennington.
Their office, just across the street from Duck Creek Golf Course and between Treehouse Pub and Eatery and DQ Nails, is part of the insurance and financial solutions company.
Here's a brief look at the representatives:
• Dietrich is a Quincy, Illinois, native, and Augustana College graduate. He has a bachelor's in business administration with focuses in marketing and finance and a minor in economics. He now is in his third year at Country Financial.
• Ainslie is a Davenport native who attended Black Hawk College before pursuing her career in insurance more than 20 years ago. She joined Country Financial in May 2016 as an office assistant and now is an agent.
• Pennington grew up in the Wapello, Iowa, area, moving to the Quad-Cities in 2004. She received her associates degree from Scott Community College and began her insurance career in 2013.
To contact them, call 563-322-2293.