An expansion of the Menards store in Champaign is under way.
The store is adding 26,000 square feet to its building supply warehouse and expects to have the new space completed by next spring.
That will be followed by a 27,000-square-foot addition to the store's garden center, with that project to start next spring, according to Mark Prochaska, vice president of real estate for the Eau Claire, Wis.-based home improvement store chain.
Menard Inc., which has 206 stores, is making similar improvements at several other stores where there is extra land available, and in some cases the chain has bought land to add onto stores, Prochaska said.
Religious store expands
C&A Inspirations, a store that sells Catholic gifts, books and church supplies, has expanded and remodeled its space at 313 N. Mattis Ave., C.
Walls were taken down inside the store, and the floor space expanded into a former office and storage space.
Now, "almost everything is out on the floor," said owner Karen Santarelli.
Plus, she said, the store has added new lines of merchandise and expanded its area for school uniforms.
The store is marking its 10th anniversary through Dec. 10 with in-store specials and registration for free daily door prizes.
From 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 10, there will be a free in-store concert by Sons & Daughters, a local contemporary Christian band.
C&A Inspirations is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
Downtown store reopens for holidays
Hot Diggity, a toy and novelty shop at 501 N. Neil St., C, (the northwest corner of Neil and Washington streets) has reopened for the holiday season only.
It is open from noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Store owner Jennifer Bechtel said there is new inventory for the holiday season, including at least eight new games. The store has a game table set up so customers can try out the games before they buy them, she said.
The store will permanently close in late December.
For more information, see the Web site at www.getdiggity.com.
Holiday shop for kids now open
The Crisis Nursery's annual holiday shop for kids has opened for business at Urbana's Lincoln Square Village.
In addition to being open today, the shop is open for the next two weekends, Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11.
The shop features items that kids can buy as gifts for friends and family members, with everything priced to fit allowance-size budgets.
Helpers are available so kids can make their choices without their parents looking on.
The holiday shop is an annual fundraiser for the Crisis Nursery in Urbana.
Also at Lincoln Square
The indoor holiday market has started. It runs each Saturday through Dec. 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Vendors are selling baked goods, farm produce, arts and crafts, plants, pottery, quilts and dog treats, according to the Urbana Business Association.
After 39 years in business, Dale Underwood will be closing his jewelry store, Dale's Jewelry, in Villa Grove next month.
But he won't vanish from the Villa Grove business scene entirely. Underwood, who plans to semi-retire, says he will continue to offer a repair service out of his store building at 6 Main St.
He hopes to close the retail end of the business by the end of December and is selling out his jewelry inventory at a discount.
Right now, everything is 25 percent off, and the discounts will increase as the end of the year approaches, he said.
Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The store opens at 9 a.m. Saturday and stays open as long as there's customer traffic, Underwood said.
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