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Sheila and Kevin Stumpf, homeowners of the Marker 126 travel middle, stand in entrance of the building development of the undertaking. The undertaking broke floor in Oct and is expected to be complete this summer time.

DUNCOMBE — In just 4 short months, travelers creating their way throughout Iowa on U.S. Freeway 20 will have a new spot to extend their legs, fill their fuel tanks, get a bite to eat and gas up on caffeine.

Design on the 10,000-sq.-foot Marker 126 journey centre, situated at 2339 Poplar Ave. south of Duncombe, is envisioned to be comprehensive this summer months, with a tentative opening date in the initially 7 days of August, proprietor Kevin Stumpf explained to The Messenger.

After some first pushback from some area community members who have been sad with Stumpf’s proposal to make a vacation middle at the web page, the Webster County Board of Supervisors accepted his request to rezone the land from an agricultural preservation designation to a general business a single in September.

Marker 126, named for its site in close proximity to mile-marker 126 on U.S. Highway 20, will have a convenience shop as effectively as a restaurant named Desk 126 and coffee shop named Brew 126.

“We want to provide a better-conclusion working experience and coffee is a pretty common merchandise,” co-owner Sheila Stumpf said. “It form of goes hand-in-hand with touring — you have to have a little caffeine for your excursion often.”

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This rendering demonstrates an aerial perspective from the southeast of the ultimate layout of the Marker 126 journey center, positioned at the intersection of Poplar Avenue and U.S. Highway 20. The vacation center is predicted to be full this summer months and open up in August.

The advantage shop will continue to have self-serve brewed coffee, she explained, but the espresso store will give specialty espresso and espresso beverages.

The espresso shop and cafe will have plenty of seating possibilities, Kevin Stumpf claimed.

“There will be a mezzanine place above the restaurant for supplemental seating, and then there will also be an outdoor seating location on the back facet of the coffee store,” he said.

There will also be an choice to reserve the space on the mezzanine for conferences, the Stumpfs reported.

The vacation middle will have 8 gas dispensers and 7 diesel dispensers.

-Messenger photo by Kelby Wingert

Building personnel with Sande Development perform on the basement and cafe location of the Marker 126 journey middle.

Construction on the vacation center has designed recognizable development as the building’s body and exterior composition has steadily risen around the past few months. It will have some exceptional architecture for the spot, Sheila Stumpf explained.

“The composition has a form of a mid-century fashionable vibe with a good deal of industrial kind of touches much too,” she claimed. “So it is kind of a mix of the two kinds of design.”

Sande Design & Offer Co. Inc., of Humboldt, is the contractor for the site.

“They’re accomplishing a fantastic work,” Kevin Stumpf said.

The travel center is a roughly $6 million financial commitment, Kevin Stumpf previously informed The Messenger.

He said he thinks some of the issue and resistance to the undertaking was due to the fact of how a great deal was unknown.

“I think from the beginning, they are concerned about whether or not we are basically heading to individual it? Or are we going to provide it to a KwikStar or a Casey’s?” Stumpf mentioned. “I’m a farmer and I have hardly ever finished this ahead of, but this is my ambition. This is my toddler and I’m heading to be proud of it.”

Stumpf explained his prime priorities for the vacation center are safety and cleanliness.

Stumpf mentioned he saw a need for a place for tourists along U.S. Freeway 20 to be capable to end without driving miles into a close by town, and that tourists and their dollars are passing as a result of Webster County without the need of stopping.

“It can make sense to have it ideal alongside the (Highway 20) corridor,” he stated. “They’re not heading to want to push up to six or 7 miles when they’ve been on the highway for hrs. They want to get off and get again on once more and get heading.”

There isn’t much suitable off the highway among Grundy Center to the east and Holstein to the west, Sheila Stumpf said.

“It’s a significant lifeless space,” she additional.

The Sparky’s One Cease, found at the junction of U.S. Highway 20 and Iowa Highway 4 around Rockwell Town in Calhoun County, burned down in November.

Marker 126 is previously wanting to employ the service of personnel. Kevin Stumpf mentioned he estimates they’ll have 30 to 40 workers positions out there. At first, the retail outlet will be open up daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., but he observed the risk of increasing several hours if the want is there and staff members are accessible.


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