Crew recycles Dairi-Licious building

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Banner Graphic/JARED JERNAGAN Jacob Spears of Hardhats and Hammers Construction works on disassembling the trestles of the old Dairi-Licious store in Greencastle. The building is being salvaged by the company to be used in the new Dairi-Licious building to be built in Crawfordsville this fall.

A failed business experiment on the south side of Greencastle will soon be recycled for the original business that spawned it five years ago.

The Dairi-Licious building at 1215 S. Bloomington St. is currently being salvaged by Hardhats and Hammers Construction. The material will be reused when the original Dairi-Licious in Crawfordsville is rebuilt this fall.

The Greencastle franchise opened for business in June 2006. It remained open through the fall of 2006 and then reopened for the 2007 summer season.

In the spring of 2008, however, the building went up for sale, and the shop has not reopened since.

Hardhats and Hammers owner Brian Chism said the Greencastle store was a pilot franchise for Dairi-Licious.

"If this one would've gone over, we might have been building these all over mid-America," Chism said.

However, franchisers Jim and Billie Crane were unable to make a go of it.

Dairi-Licious opened in Crawfordsville in 1963. Owners Frank and DeeDee Rose will have the original building torn down in November after closing for the year. Whatever can be salvaged from the Greencastle building will go into the new Crawfordsville structure.

The land the former Greencastle store resides on has been purchased by Casey's General Stores, which has plans to open a gas station and convenience store. A call to the corporation's offices was not immediately returned Friday.

Banner Graphic/ JARED JERNAGAN The outside of the Greencastle Dairi-Licious, as the building is being torn apart. The construction pieces will be used to make a new Dairi-Licious in Crawfordsville this fall.

However, the Casey's website lists Greencastle among unopened stores taking applications.

Other Casey's locations in Putnam County include Cloverdale and Roachdale. Also nearby are two stores in Brazil and one each in Rockville, Danville and Gosport.

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  • Oh great...another gas station in the 6th most jobless county in Indiana. Welcome to Greencastle, home of fifty thousand banks and gas stations.

    -- Posted by cds1305 on Sat, Mar 26, 2011, at 12:07 AM
  • caseys will run marathon and mcclure out of business

    -- Posted by peace2019 on Sat, Mar 26, 2011, at 6:08 AM
  • Another gas station, almost directly next door to Citgo, and a couple yards from Mcclure? Brilliant.

    -- Posted by stranded67 on Sat, Mar 26, 2011, at 9:18 AM
  • we don't need another gas station

    -- Posted by just a local on Sat, Mar 26, 2011, at 9:23 AM
  • Should have let Walmart have their zoning request for a gas station years ago. The competition will help keep gas prices lower for everyone!

    Doesn't anyone know how economics work anymore?

    -- Posted by davgreencastle on Sat, Mar 26, 2011, at 10:01 AM
  • Is it just my imagination, or are the gasoline prices in the Cloverdale and Greencastle area higher than most other areas in this part of Indiana? Lord knows I get a tear in my eye every time I put gas in my vehicle. And now it seems there will be another gas station in our future. Is there any chance this newest gold mine will take pity on the people of this area? Price wise that is! We all know they use every opportunity to raise prices over night, and if we are lucky, they may dribble those prices down a penny or two at a time over several days. I guess I'm the same as most other people, just frustrated. And broke!

    -- Posted by Blindside on Sat, Mar 26, 2011, at 10:41 AM
  • I personally welcome Casey's. They bring so much more than a gas staion to town. I think their food is really good for the prices. And what if the other stations face closing? The name of the game is free enterprise and if Casey's want to make a go of it then GREAT! If Citgo wants to stay in business then offer competive products at a competive price. McClures will not be hurt because they offer a all around station with food, snacks, E-85, diesel, and are open 24/7

    -- Posted by Trying hard on Sat, Mar 26, 2011, at 11:12 AM
  • In response to "Welcome to Greencastle" you forgot

    Pizza joints and fast food!

    -- Posted by chicken on Sat, Mar 26, 2011, at 1:50 PM
  • Oh, Come on...That's ONLY Ten (10) gas stations.

    Sarcastic Mode=ON

    -- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Sat, Mar 26, 2011, at 7:19 PM
  • I understand everyone's gruff about this subject. But, honestly why can't Casey's buy/remodel the old BP station? The empty buildings from failed businesses make Greencastle look trashy.

    -- Posted by amkedu on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 8:36 AM
  • Really? Another gas station? Three, practically on top of each other! Greencastle, this is nothing but a joke! I wonder what you've got up your sleeve for the Sonic building. How about a BANK?

    -- Posted by bannerstuff on Mon, Mar 28, 2011, at 10:40 AM
  • Hey, "bannerstuff" Dont forget to count Swifty's! We will now have 4 gas stations in about an eighth of a mile. I guess Putnam County now has it's own "Gasoline Alley."

    -- Posted by BrutallyHonest on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 1:09 PM
  • Well, I would be desperate before I bought Casey's gas - I had a car that did not run well on their gas & other people have said the same. So perhaps they won't run the other gas stations out of business.

    -- Posted by indianamama on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 1:11 PM
  • Anyone else find it ironic that the name of the company is Hard Hats and Hammers, but the individual in the photo is not wearing a hardhat? And is also in a very bad spot? I'm sure IOSHA won't come see them.

    -- Posted by JustinH on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 4:59 PM
  • You all know that if you had supported the Ice cream store, there wouldn't be a gas station going in there.

    I guess it's just easier to set around and gripe, about people want to make a living.

    -- Posted by wrinklenose on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 12:39 PM
  • Wrinklenose,

    Everyone knows that Dairy Castle is Greencastle's signature ice-cream store. Regardless, another gas station is not needed in this town.

    -- Posted by cds1305 on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 4:56 PM
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