On every side, upgrades, improvements and rebrandings can be see in Perry’s commercial and industrial districts.
In the reviving downtown commercial zone, new signage is in the works for Perry’s First Avenue gas stations and convenience stores, Casey’s and Circle K, which supply the lifeblood of the community’s transportation and nutrition needs.
On Perry’s south side, new signage is also expected at the Circle K on Iowa Highway 141, and the convenience store is undergoing extensive remodeling. The interior has been largely gutted, and new fixtures will be installed next week, workers told ThePerryNews.com.
The southside McDonald’s is also undergoing major renovation. Steven Jacobson of Perry, general manager of the McDonald’s, said that “everything behind the counter is not getting touched besides the break room and the office. Then we’ll have kiosks and all that. The up front, where the picnic table used to be, that’s going to be a patio.”
Jacobson said the renovations are expected to be completed by Oct. 19.
At the west end of Perry, Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. has erected a sign with the new blue corporate logo on the .62-acre parcel of land at 101 Willis Avenue that the company purchased in April for $100,000 from Patricia L Devilbiss of Perry. The 64-year-old ranch house that stood on the property was recently demolished.
The property acquisition makes Tyson, the world’s second-largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, a resident of the city of Perry for the first time. In 2001 Tyson Foods Inc. acquired IBP Inc., former owner of the Perry pork factory, for $3.2 billion.