Hungry Hobo Adding Drive-Thru
John Deere Road
John Deere Road
Passenger Rail Service to Chicago
Pour Bros. Taproom
Mercado on Fifth Expanding
Old Best Buy Under Renovation
16th Street & John Deere Road
Park Under Renovations
6th Street & 23rd Avenue
Fast Food Chain Opening New Location
John Deere Road
Credit Union Moving Headquarters
John Deere Road
Coffee Shop Expanding
Avenue of the Cities
What’s going in here? What’s happening over there? These are questions we all ask as we drive around town and Coming Soon Segment is about answering those questions.
Hungry Hobo Adding Drive-Thru: John Deere Road
The Hungry Hobo off John Deere Road is getting a drive-thru. The location, on the southeast corner of 41st Street, is currently under construction. Crews are renovating the entire outside of the building and installing a drive-thru lane. It's expected to be finished sometime in Spring 2022.
Video Aired January 13th, 2022:
Non-Profit Expanding: John Deere Road
Gigi's Playhouse is doubling in size. Its Moline location off John Deere Road, near Orange Leaf, is expanding into the space next store, adding 2,100 square feet to its Achievement Center.
Gigi's helps people with Down Syndrome through free, purposeful programs that help empower both children and adults.
Part 1 of the project is already done. Gigi's opened up the wall between the two spaces. That's given them extra room to provide one-on-one tutoring and speech sessions, more office space for staff, a work room for volunteers, and a meeting/classroom space.
Part 2 of the project is now underway. It involves reconfiguring a kitchenette space into a functional kitchen where Gigi's can teach life skills programs. However, they need donations and contractors to make it happen by their goal, which is the end of Spring 2022. If you are interested in helping, click here.
Video Aired January 6th, 2022:
Passenger Rail Service to Chicago: Downtown
Are you ready to hear ALL ABOARD! in Downtown Moline? It looks like the money is there to build a train route between Chicago and the Quad Cities. On Friday, November 5th, 2021, Congress passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package. In it is $66 billion dollars for Amtrak. Amtrak said it plans to use the money to push forward its 15-year strategy, called Amtrak Connects Us, to expand rail service for up to 160 new communities. One of those projects (Page 47 of the Amtrak Connects Us Report) is a passenger rail line between Chicago and Iowa City - with a stop in Moline in the middle!
Again, it's a 15-year strategy, which means Amtrak has until 2036 to make this happen. Hey, we've waited this long, right?!
When it does happen, the Moline stop will be at The Q - an old warehouse that was renovated in 2017. It's already connected to the Element Hotel and holds Urban Farmhouse, a gift shop and COMING SOON - Pour Bros., a pour-your-own craft taproom (details below).
Pour Bros. Taproom: Downtown
There's an exciting new addition coming to the Quad Cities' beer scene. Inside The Q - which is located off 4th Avenue and 12th Street in Downtown Moline - construction is underway to build a Pour Bros. Taproom. Pour Bros. is a "pour-your-own" craft beer experience. It started in Peoria Heights, Illinois in 2016, then a second location was built in Champaign in 2018. Pour Bros. hopes to open its Moline location before the end of 2021.
Video Aired November 11th, 2021:
Mercado on Fifth Expanding: Floreciente Neighborhood
Mercado on Fifth is renovating an old car shop to expand on its mission of helping small and minority-owned businesses. The building is located off 12th Street near 5th Avenue, right on the edge of where the open-air market takes place on Friday evenings.
The goal is to have a permanent fixture in Moline's Floreciente Neighborhood and be able to offer an indoor option that's open year-round. It will also give Mercado more room for entrepreneurs, people, and programs.
There's 6,300 square feet of open indoor space and another 5,000 square feet for an outdoor patio. The goal is to have the renovation done by Spring of 2022.
Video Aired September 23rd, 2021:
Old Best Buy Under Renovation: 16th Street & John Deere Road
There's been some activity at the old Best Buy, 4401 16th Street - right across the street from South Park Mall. News 8 Viewer Cary noticed it as well and asked us about it. Here's what we found:
According to Moline City Administrator Bob Vitas, crews are remodeling the building right now. They're splitting it up into different spaces for different tenants. One of those tenants is Planet Fitness.
The fitness center also has a location on Avenue of the Cities in Moline. No word if that one is closing when this new one opens. Also no word on when the renovations will be done.
This Best Buy location closed in November 2018.
Video Aired September 16th, 2021:
Park Under Renovations: 6th Street & 23rd Avenue
Karstens Park in Moline is getting a new playground. It's located at 6th Street and 23rd Avenue in a neighborhood off 7th Street, south of the Olde Towne Business District.
A News 8 Viewer emailed us and asked "Can you find a drawing or planned layout of what it will look like once completed?" Here it is:
We found out the Moline Parks & Recreation Department is working with Cunningham Recreation, which has done a lot of projects in our area - 4 parks in Rock Island, 5 in Galesburg, and 2 in Davenport.
This park features a cliff wall, sensory spinning seat, spiral slide, and more. Moline Parks & Rec says they hope to be all done in mid-September 2021, depending on the weather.
Video Aired August 26th, 2021:
Fast Food Chain Opening New Location: John Deere Road
Pancheros Mexican Grill is close to opening its newest location in the Quad Cities. Its located in a brand-new building at the corner of John Deere Road and 41st Street in Moline. According to a company spokesperson, it's expected to open in Fall 2021.
Pancheros also has two locations in Davenport.
Video Aired August 4th, 2021:
Credit Union Moving Headquarters: John Deere Road
Vibrant Credit Union is moving its headquarters to the old Sam's Club off John Deere Road in Moline. Its current headquarters is near SouthPark Mall. That building, located on 52nd Avenue, is now up for sale.
Vibrant President and CEO Matt McCombs says they've significantly outgrown their current location. Construction is ongoing right now. McCombs says they should be in their new building by March 2022.
Video Aired July 28th, 2021:
Coffee Shop Expanding: Avenue of the Cities
Kick Serve Coffee is opening up another shop in the city. Co-Owner Tom Slininger says he and his wife Jackie plan on putting in a shop on Avenue of the Cities across the street from the Planet Fitness and Subway, right next to Uncle Pete's Gyros. Tom does not know when exactly his new shop will open up, but he thinks it will either be late 2021 or early 2022.
Their current shop is at the corner of 7th Street and 19th Avenue. Kick Serve got its name because the two love to play tennis, and the shop has many drinks with the theme of tennis in the drink's name.
Video Aired on June 9th, 2021:
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