Dairy Queen HQ Moving a Stone’s Throw Away — from Edina to Bloomington
International Dairy Queen, an 80-year-old quick-service restaurant best known for its ice cream and treats, is moving its franchise support center to a new location in Minnesota in early 2019.
Employees may have to get used to taking a different exit for their office, but they likely won’t see a change in commute times, as the move is from 7505 Metro Blvd in Edina to the Normandale Towers in Bloomington — just five minutes apart from one another.
The Normandale Towers site, at more than 50,000 square feet in size, will be smaller than the company’s current locale, IDQ spokeswoman Marlene Kadlec told Twin Cities Business in an email. But, she explained, the space will be “more efficiently designed, allowing for a more effective work environment.”
The shift would enable upgrades including new technology and a new test kitchen. Kadlec added that although there’s no current plans to either downsize or hire more staff, the company expects its upgraded offices would help to attract new employees in the future.
“The decision to move our franchisee support enter to the Normandale Towers highlights our focus on providing our employees with the tools they need to continue growing the DairyQueen® brand and our franchisees’ business,” said Troy Bader, IDQ president and CEO, in a company press release Friday.
IDQ, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., will work with the Minneapolis-based firm HGA Architects and Engineers, to develop the new space. Meanwhile, IDQ has enlisted Cushman & Wakefield to market the Edina property — which IDQ owns — and to help the company explore options including leasing and/or selling.
Kadlec said Normandale Towers was chosen as the new location following a thorough, months-long search.
“We found Normandale Towers to be the best option for IDQ,” she said. “It meets the requirements we had to support our employees and to remain an employer of choice in the Twin Cities.”
Bader noted in the press release that the company is looking forward to continuing to operate in the Twin Cities and provide its services to fans and franchisees “well into the future.”