Oak Harbor Dairy Queen slated for May 12 reopening

Ron Baxter (left) and Donald Dreyer pose amidst the remodeling of their Dairy Queen in Oak Harbor.

Workers are due to complete a $400,000 remodel to the Dairy Queen off State Highway 20 in Oak Harbor in time for a May 12 re-opening, co-owners Ron Baxter and Donald Dreyer said.

The building hadn’t been significantly remodeled since it was built in the late 1980s, the men said.

Redoing the exterior began in September. Workers closed the lobby Jan. 4 for construction, but kept the drive-through open through March 7.

“When you’re closed you lose a lot of money, but we believe that, if Oak Harbor likes the remodel, they’ll come back and see us,” Baxter said. “We want to give back to Oak Harbor,” he said. “It’s worth it.”

The men said the store generated $1 million to $1.2 million in revenue last year and is “very profitable.”