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Surprise! TGI Friday's is returning to Champaign, at a different location and under different ownership.
William Torchia, who has operated TGI Friday's restaurants in Peoria and other parts of Illinois, acquired the franchise for Champaign after the former franchisees allowed their agreement to expire after a 20-year run.
Gameday Spirit will open a new store on Champaign's North Prospect Avenue to replace its store on West Springfield Avenue in Champaign.
The new store, at 2024 N. Prospect Ave., will be in the Champaign Towne Center between Target and the former Circuit City, said Gameday Spirit co-owner Tim Hoerr.
Georgia Beckman is proof-positive you can make money crocheting.
Using Facebook and Etsy, an online marketplace for crafts, the Farmer City grandmother has sold more than 1,000 crocheted hats since last October.
Two former gymnastics coaches for the Champaign County YMCA plan to open a new gymnastics center at Country Fair Shopping Center in Champaign.
Champaign Gymnastics Academy expects to open in late August or early September at 219 S. Mattis Ave. — the interior corner of the L-shaped shopping center.
Kaitlin and Ryan Mennenga are preparing to open a bridal shop in Champaign.
Elite Bridal is expected to open in August at 106 S. Country Fair Drive, C, just south of the MAB Paints store.
It's official: The big screen going into the Savoy 16 theater complex will be an IMAX, says Heath Thomas, regional manager for Goodrich Quality Theatres.
Seed company to move operations to Champaign
Pfister Seeds will move its sales and distribution office to Champaign from its longtime home in El Paso, Ill., on Aug. 1.
Pfister, which is owned by Dow AgroSciences, decided to move when another seed company purchased the facilities Pfister leased in El Paso.
CHAMPAIGN — It's been two months since TGI Friday's closed its doors in Champaign. Now some of its former operators are preparing to open a new restaurant and bar in that space at Trade Centre South.
The new restaurant — to be called Prairie Fire — is slated to open by the middle of August, said Dave Block, one of the investors in the business.
A new business selling customized apparel for campus fraternities, church groups and school groups plans to open its doors Monday.
U Name It Apparel will have its grand opening at 605 N. Neil St., C — across from the downtown Champaign post office and immediately north of the Circle K convenience store at Neil Street and Columbia Avenue.
By The News-Gazette
Look for Crossroads Corner Consignment to open about Aug. 2 in the Whiteline building on South Neil Street in Champaign.
William Fleming, who co-owns the business with Kenny Lamm, said the store will blend 1,300 square feet of home decor and home consignment items with 13 vendor spaces for antiques dealers.