ALDI store

ALDI shoppers soon will find a remodeled store on Davenport's Elmore Avenue.

The Current Iowa hotel and owner Restoration St. Louis have put downtown Davenport on the map for travelers with a new Four Diamond rating by AAA.

The Current, which opened in July, has joined its sister property, Hotel Blackhawk, in achieving AAA's highest rating. The pair, both part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, are among five hotels in the state to be recognized as one of North America's select accommodations.

Both Davenport hotels are managed by St. Louis-based Innkeeper Hospitality Services.

According to AAA, Davenport is the only Iowa city with two Four-Diamond hotels. Others are in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs and Sioux City. Less than 6 percent of the 28,000 AAA-approved properties earn the honor.

The award also helps set Iowa apart from some of its neighbors, which do not have Four Diamond hotels. Across the Midwest, these other states have Four Diamond hotels: Illinois (50 properties), Missouri (21), Wisconsin (9), Nebraska (2), and Kansas (1).

Coats for Kids program announces new partner

With a chill in the air, it's time to think about how a simple donation — a coat — could help warm a child or a neighbor in need this winter. 

The Dr. David E. Lane Coats for Kids Program has announced it now is partnering with Sanitary Cleaners & Wagner’s Cleaners on the annual coat collection. 

Coats, in any sizes from infant through adult, may be dropped off at these locations:

Sanitary Cleaners: 2994 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport; 609 17th St., Rock Island; 4153 7th St., East Moline; and 1992 1st St. A, Moline.

Wagner’s Cleaners: 2525 18th St., Bettendorf.

New and gently used coats also can be dropped off at all three Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency locations in Bettendorf, Clinton and Muscatine.

Coats are collected, cleaned, sized and then distributed to students at individual schools across eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Parents may request a coat by contacting their child’s school.

Coats for Kids has partnered for many years with Burke Cleaners.

Since the program’s inception, Coats for Kids has distributed 36,951 coats including 2,397 last year. Last year, it also provided 2,491 hats, 2,467 pairs of gloves, 199 scarves, and 71 pairs of snow pants.

Monetary donations may be made at www.qcacoatsforkids.org or mailed to Coats for Kids Program, in care of the Mississippi Bend AEA, 729 - 21st St., Bettendorf.

Q-C area ALDIs to get facelift by 2019

Renovations are winding down at the ALDI store near Elmore Avenue and 53rd Street in Davenport.

The store, at 5262 Elmore, will reopen Nov. 16 after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:25 a.m. The first 100 shoppers will receive a Golden Ticket, which is an ALDI gift card of various amounts.

The store is among 10 Quad-City area stores the grocer will remodel by 2019 as part of a nationwide plan to remodel and expand more than 1,300 stores by 2020. In February, ALDI announced a $1.6 billion investment in its stores, including more than $12 million dedicated to remodeling stores in Davenport, Rock Island, Moline and the surrounding areas.

Behind a construction fence now, the new ALDI store will boast a modern and convenient shopping experience with a focus on fresh items such as  produce, dairy and bakery. The remodeled stores also feature open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally-friendly building materials including recycled building materials, energy-saving refrigeration and LED lighting.

Hy-Vee contributes to Red Cross efforts

Hy-Vee and its customers united to present the American Red Cross Iowa Region with its largest check of the year — all to support victims of the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and beyond.

A donation of $631,922.48 was presented after a month-long fundraising effort. It included a $100,000 match from the West Des Moines-based grocery chain. Customers at its 245 Midwest stores, including the Quad-City region, made donations at the checkout and online.

"Our customers have a history of donating to those in need, and we're proud to partner with them to offer help to those impacted by the recent hurricanes," said Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee's chairman, CEO and president. 

Hy-Vee also collected non-perishable goods for the victims during recent University of Iowa and Iowa State football games. The employee-owned company also donated and delivered five semi-trailers of bottled water to the Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.

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Biz Bytes is a weekly column by Quad-City Times reporter Jennifer DeWitt. Contact her at 563-383-2318 or jdewitt@qctimes.com.