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Blaze Pizza has leased space at 300 W Martin Luther King Drive (300mlk)  in downtown Des Moines. The tenant was represented by Ferguson Commercial Real Estate Services’ Michael Shindler.  With plans to open in time for baseball season, this will be the fast-casual restaurant’s first location in the state of Iowa, which originally opened in California in 2012 and has gone on to open more than 100 locations in 25 states and Canada. The LeBron James-backed brand has been expanding rapidly with what it calls its “chef-driven” menu featuring artisan ingredients with short ticket times.  Shindler will work with the franchisee to open multiple locations in the state of Iowa and Nebraska. The concept was recently featured in Business Insider.