It's your business
Champaign-Urbana's newest Walgreens drugstore – built at Kirby Avenue and Neil Street in Champaign – is almost ready for shoppers.
An opening date has been set for Friday, manager Liza Stillabower said.
The store will be open 24 hours seven days a week, she said.
The new Walgreens is part of a redevelopment of the southwest corner of Neil and Kirby that also includes two Hilton hotels still under construction.
The store joins two other new Walgreens in Champaign – at Windsor and Duncan roads and at Prospect and Bloomington roads – and a new Walgreens in Urbana at Cunningham and University avenues.
Stillabower said full-time jobs for the new Champaign store are largely filled, but there may be some additional hiring for part-time jobs after the opening.
Lawn-products warehouse opens
Lesco Inc., which distributes lawn care, golf course, pest control and landscaping products to professionals in those industries, has opened a new 6,000-square-foot warehouse at 1812 N. Federal Drive, U.
Lesco, a publicly traded company based in suburban Cleveland, said its customers include lawn care companies, golf courses and athletic fields, and its products are distributed through more than 300 service centers and more than 110 Lesco Stores on Wheels vehicles.
The Urbana center employs two people and is serving customers in the area between Bloomington, Danville, Kankakee and Effingham, said local manager Charles Hill.
Hill said the company sees central Illinois as a growth area.
Concrete business opens
Midstate Mobile Concrete has opened in Mansfield and is available for small concrete jobs within about 40 miles of that town, said owner Jay Reynolds.
Midstate will supply orders from 1 to 9 cubic yards of concrete, bringing along all the necessary ingredients in its portable plant. It can best accommodate jobs typically done by homeowners and smaller contractors, Reynolds said.
Reynolds is a former owner of Rantoul Ready Mix, and before that worked as a computer programmer, he said.
His concrete business is available by appointment around the clock any day, he said. For more information, call 714-4632.
New store for scrapbook makers
Patty Poff has opened Scrapbookers Dream at 225 E. Lincoln Ave., St. Joseph.
Poff of St. Joseph said she sells scrapbooking supplies and will hold crop nights and parties for children.
Poff is also a nurse at Christie Clinic in Champaign, so the store is open only two days a week: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.For more information, call 637-1046.
A Formal Affair, a shop at 105 E. Sangamon, Rantoul, plans to close in September and is having a going-out-of-business sale.
Owner Lana Tauben of Fisher said the 12-year-old shop, which she has owned for seven years, has been run by her daughter, Danice Roberts, who wants to make a career change.
Tauben said she also has a couple of other ventures in mind for herself.
She plans to keep the store open five days a week through Aug. 12, and then open only Friday through Sunday from Aug. 18 to Sept. 24, continuing to sell what inventory is left.
Currently, the bridal fashions in the shop are marked down 40 to 80 percent. All other items – among them jewelry, shoes, prom dresses and other apparel – are being sold at 70 percent off, she said.
Through Aug. 12, the store is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.
Are you opening a new business, or changing something at your business? Debra Pressey can be reached by phone at 351-5229 or 1-800-252-3346; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.