Von Maur announced it will open its newest department store, located at the Iowa River Landing in Coralville, Iowa, on July 27 — continuing its  longtime history of investment in Iowa.

With the new store, the Davenport-based department store chain will operate 27 stores in 11 states, including those in Davenport and Moline.

Located off Interstate 80 and 1st Avenue, the 80,000-square-foot, free-standing brick store will employ the 70 full-time and part-time associates currently working at its Sycamore Mall location in Iowa City, which will close at 5 p.m. July 21.

The store stirred controversy after a group of developers and residents sued over the city of Coralville’s deal with Von Maur. The agreement also sparked a statewide debate over the use of tax increment financing. According to a report by the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the city and the citizens group agreed in February to drop their lawsuits against each other.

The company said the construction project employed 11 local Iowa contractors and had 180 workers on site.

According to a news release, the store will feature an open floor plan. Among the amenities will be a new women’s lounge, a dedicated shoe clearance room, redesigned Juniors and Lingerie departments, larger dressing rooms and an interactive, life-sized tree set to entertain children.

The store is the latest expansion for Von Maur, which traces its roots back to a dry goods store in Davenport in the late 1800s. Today, Von Maur operates five stores in Iowa and its corporate headquarters in Davenport.

The company employs more than 940 Iowans, providing more than $32 million in annual wages.

In 2010, Von Maur deepened its Iowa roots with the development of its e-commerce facility in Davenport. Once a 46,000-square-foot facility, it has been remodeled to include an additional 73,000 square feet of warehouse space. The e-commerce center employs a full-time staff of 75 and anticipates adding 50 net new e-commerce jobs over the next three years.

In addition to Iowa, Von Maur has stores in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Ohio.

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