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State Street Business Corridor

By | Last Modified: May 5, 2017
Street Scene: State Street Near Capitol Avenue

The State Street Corridor is a major business hub stemming from the bisect of State Street (US 83) and Interstate 94. When the interstate was completed in 1965, little to no development had occurred in the area, but the area would soon see a major construction boom.

Kmart, the city’s first modern-day discount store, was one of the first major businesses to open along the corridor in October 1971. The opening of Kmart help ignite rapid development nearby. Dan’s Supermarket opened its State Street location in 1975, and Gateway Mall opened four years later, both greatly assisting in the corridor’s rapid growth.

Development along the corridor slowed during the 1990s, at which time the zone ended roughly at Century Avenue – with little development north of the road. Menards was one of the first major retailers to open north of Century Avenue, followed shortly by Dan’s Supermarket, both of which relocated from Gateway Mall. Wal-Mart constructed a new super center in 2005, sparking development further north on the corridor.

The State Street Corridor is also home to the city’s largest concentration of hotels and motels, with a total of 13 located in or near the corridor. There are also numerous restaurants located along the corridor, from fast food to sit-down.

Major retailers along the corridor include:

  • Kmart
  • Sears
  • CVS/pharmacy
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter
  • Dan’s Supermarket
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Menards

Major restaurants along the corridor include:

  • McDonald’s
  • Burger King
  • Wendy’s
  • Taco John’s
  • Taco Bell
  • Hardee’s
  • Subway
  • Quiznos
  • Schlotsky’s Deli
  • East 40 Steakhouse
  • Minerva’s
  • Dairy Queen
  • The Woodhouse
  • A&B Pizza
  • Pizza Hut
  • Kroll’s Diner
  • Perkins
  • Paradiso Mexican Restaurant
  • Rock’n 50s Cafe
  • Chinatown
  • Arby’s
  • Space Aliens
  • Red Lobster
  • Hooter’s
  • Olive Garden
  • Applebees
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Golden Corral

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