Auburnites accustomed to mollifying their raging sweet tooth at the Dairy Queen at 220 15th St. NE will have to find their treats somewhere else.
The DQ’s owners recently sold the property to Commencement Bank, which will remodel the building and reopen it as a full-service branch.
Commencement Bank has already applied with the city of Auburn for permits to begin an extensive remodeling, to include gutting the building, pulling the kitchen out and redoing the parking configuration.
The franchise’s owners also own the Auburn Way South Dairy Queen, which remains open for business.
The future bank property is zoned C1, which permits restaurants, banks and like commercial uses.
“Commencement Bank already has a branch in Auburn at 4798 Auburn Way North, but it is more like their small-business lending office, not a full-service branch,” said Doug Lein, economic development director for the city of Auburn.
As the bank is probably a month or two away from receiving its permits, at this time there is no anticipated opening date.