Culver&rsquo;s has been a successful restaurant at a number of location in Iowa, including this spot on 22nd Street in West Des Moines. Culver&rsquo;s plans a fall opening in Carroll on a 1-acre outlot at the Carroll Depot Business Center. <span style="font-size: xx-small;"><em>Daily Times Herald photo by Beckham G Miller</em></span>
Culver’s has been a successful restaurant at a number of location in Iowa, including this spot on 22nd Street in West Des Moines. Culver’s plans a fall opening in Carroll on a 1-acre outlot at the Carroll Depot Business Center. Daily Times Herald photo by Beckham G Miller
Thursday, March 1, 2012

A growing national restaurant chain plans a fall opening in a stand-alone building at one of Carroll’s more visible commercial locations in the central business district.

Culver’s, a Wisconsin-based restaurant operation known for its burgers and frozen custard, will be located on a 1-acre lot in the northeast section of the developing Carroll Depot Business Center. Construction of Culver’s — expected to be 4,200 square feet — is expected to start in the spring, said David Steffes, a Carroll native and Cumming resident who is president of GEISAMA Inc., a collection of investors from Des Moines and Carroll backing the Culver’s franchise here.

Steffes, a son of longtime Carroll developer Roman Steffes, said Culver’s has been interested in Carroll and Pella in recent years.

“They’ve not had a restaurant close,” Steffes said. “They’re unbelievable.”

The owner/operator of the Carroll Culver’s will be Kevin Reincke, a former Carroll police officer who retired from the force Dec. 31, and has been involved with Culver’s training since.

Steffes said the Culver’s addition brings another choice in a growing list of options for Carroll restaurant-goers.

“Their cultural and German background, it fits our culture in Carroll, the kind of food, a family restaurant,” Steffes said.

Each Culver’s restaurant employs 30 to 75 people year-round, with 10 to 20 additional summertime positions. Restaurants seat 98–118 guests.

Culver’s opened in Sauk City, Wis., in 1984 and expanded into a franchising operation in 1987. Today, there are more than 400 restaurants in 19 states.

Badding Construction, a family-owned and veteran construction company, negotiated the purchase of the land and building prior to Walmart’s March 2008 Supercenter opening in an annexed area of western Carroll.

With the recent opening of Hibbett Sports in Carroll Badding has filled 46 percent of the former Walmart building with about 36,000 square feet available to lease in the main center.

Hibbett joined four existing businesses at the developing Carroll Depot Business Center: The Carroll Apothecary, Pizza Ranch, RentAll, Sam & Louie’s and Spring Valley Wireless.

Nick Badding, president of Badding Construction, said Culver’s will integrate nicely into the vision for the transformation of the area.

“We’re very excited about the addition of Culver’s for the city of Carroll as well as our development,” Badding said.

Badding plans to add about 50 parking spots on the west side of the complex soon.

 “There’s still a substantial amount of space — to the east and the west — with good visibility and parking and frontage built to meet their needs,” Badding said.

Steffes said he expects the Culver’s brand and menu to expand Carroll’s commercial draw, pulling in patrons who shop elsewhere.

“I think it’s not unforeseen that we’ll bring in business to my hometown,” Steffes said.

Currently, the closest Culver’s is in Fort Dodge. There is also a Culver’s in Ames.