It's Your Business
This spring, you can look for two Dressbarn stores in Champaign.
The women's clothing chain plans to open a new 7,000-square-foot store in Market Place Plaza, between Gordmans and Maurices.
The store is intended to replace the current Dressbarn at 712 W. Town Center Blvd., C.
Jet's Pizza should be landing in Champaign in mid-February.
The fast-growing chain plans to open a store at 512 S. Neil St., C, in part of the space vacated by Hollywood Video.
Look for Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts to move to a new store on Town Center Boulevard in Champaign next year.
The company plans to take the space formerly occupied by Cost Plus World Market at 722 Town Center Blvd.
H.H. Gregg, the Indianapolis-based electronics and appliance chain, is targeting a "late summer to fall" opening for its new Champaign store at 718 W. Town Center Blvd.
The store — which will occupy the former Linen-N-Things space — will be the chain's first location in central Illinois.
Aldi has set Thursday as the opening day for its new store at 801 W. Interstate Drive, C — northeast of the Starbucks on North Prospect Avenue and northwest of the Champaign Wal-Mart.
The 17,900-square-foot store will replace the Aldi at 701 N. Mattis Ave., C.
Come spring, construction could begin on Marketplace at Savoy, a development that will include a CVS pharmacy, a McDonald's restaurant and an as-yet-undisclosed "specialty grocery store."
Got a hankering for New Orleans cuisine?
J. Gumbo's Cajun and Creole Cooking Co. plans to open early next year at 700 S. Gregory St., U, in the space formerly occupied by Sandella's Flatbread Cafe, according to Jill Guth of JSM Development.
The restaurant Sairam Om in southwest Champaign has closed, but diners in search of Indian food — especially dishes from southern India — soon will be able to sit down to meals like spicy Chicken 65 in the same location.
Say you move into an old house with a dirt-floor basement. What are you going to do with that space?
Why, build a raised vegetable bed and harvest strawberries and tomatoes in the cold-weather months.
That's what James Kincade of Danville did several years ago. One thing led to another, and the former heavy equipment operator has turned his hobby into a business.
Johnna Megeff has opened a new shop in downtown Mansfield, and if you like inexpensive vintage items, you'll probably want to schedule a trip to the Three-Toad Treasures Funky Junk Shop.
"I am a believer in using stuff," said Megeff, a Mahomet resident. "I like to have eclectic kinds of stuff and re-purposed stuff."