It's Your Business: Savoy development on the way

It's Your Business: Savoy development on the way

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."

Those three businesses would be located on the southwest corner of U.S. 45 and Curtis Road, with CVS on the corner, McDonald's to the south and the grocery to the west and south.

Developer Todd Raufeisen has been putting together the project for about 3 1/2 years, at times working with other prospects.

Now he says there's a "90 percent likelihood" of it coming together as planned.

"There were a lot of moving pieces, but it really looks good now," said Raufeisen, a Champaign native and University of Illinois alum who now lives in the Quad Cities area.

For Marketplace at Savoy to proceed, current buildings on the site will have to be torn down.

"If the current plan is to begin construction in April 2012, demolition will precede that, probably by about 30 days," Raufeisen said.

The CVS store will be 13,225 square feet, and the McDonald's will be about 3,900 square feet, he said.

Raufeisen said he's still negotiating with regard to the "specialty grocery store" but is "confident it will wind up on the site."

Across the road ...

GNC plans to open a nutritional supplement store at Savoy Plaza, just across Curtis Road from the Marketplace at Savoy site.

The GNC store will be south of Schnucks supermarket and north of Marble Slab Creamery, according to a building permit issued by the village of Savoy. Regency Properties, which manages the plaza, said the store will occupy 1,600 square feet.

GNC Holdings Inc., based in Pittsburgh, has more than 4,800 stores in the United States, including one at Champaign's Market Place Shopping Center, one at Danville's Village Mall and one at Mattoon's Cross County Mall.

The stores sell vitamin, mineral, herbal and specialty supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet and energy products.

Wild Birds & More takes flight

Wild Birds & More is in the process of moving to its new location at 301 W. Marketview Drive, C, where it will share a building with Lumber Liquidators.

The store — which had been at 1901 N. Market St., C — hasn't determined exactly what day it will open at its new location, according to its website.

But the store's phone number remains 352-1770.

Wild Birds & More carries premium birdseed blends, bird feeders and birdhouses, as well as other products for birding and nature enthusiasts. It also sells dog and cat food.

Santa's elves face rival

If you're bargain-hunting this Christmas season, you might consider a visit to Ron Meyer's new- and used-toy shop north of Urbana.

Meyer, who runs the business with family members, recently reopened the shop and plans to continue selling toys until Dec. 17 — or possibly Dec. 23, depending on how quickly he sells out.

In recent months, the Meyerses have bought used toys at garage sales and other sales and have been cleaning and sprucing them up.

Their inventory includes Fisher-Price toys, Bratz dolls and G.I. Joe figures. They don't sell electronic toys, though.

The Meyers family also sells Christmas decorations, as well as artificial trees, some of them decorated.

The store is in a shed at 2812 E. Oaks Road. To find it, go north on U.S. 45 a half-mile north of Farm & Fleet, turn right on Oaks Road and go east about a mile.

The store will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, as well as Friday, Dec. 16; Saturday, Dec. 17; and possibly Friday, Dec. 23. The phone number is 369-3425.

Urbana Quizno's goes

Quizno's, a fixture at the Urbana Crossing shopping center in downtown Urbana since 1998, has closed.

Its franchisee, Peter Patel, said its last day of business was Saturday, Nov. 26.

Patel said he acquired the store about five years ago, and the first couple years were OK. But the last three years, the store was "struggling," partly due to the recession, he said.

The opening of a new Jimmy John's on University Avenue in Urbana didn't help, he added.

The landlord wanted more rent for Quizno's space, Patel said, but the store didn't get enough traffic to warrant it. The store employed nine, he said.

At one time, Quizno's had several locations in Champaign-Urbana. Now, the only remaining store is at 703 S. Neil St., C, and it is operated by a different franchisee. Bhargavkumar Patel, who operates the Champaign store, said Friday that it "definitely will stay open."

According to the Quizno's website, other stores in East Central Illinois include those in Farmer City and Mattoon.

Are you opening a new business or changing an existing one? Contact Don Dodson at 351-5227 or 800-252-3346; by email at; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

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tigger1 wrote on December 04, 2011 at 11:12 am

Re the specialty grocery store--I hope it could be a good one like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's.  We have to go to the Chicago area to shop there.

backster38 wrote on December 06, 2011 at 12:12 am

I bet its a Meijers store which is also a specialty grocery store.

chai wrote on December 04, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Here's hoping!

MadGasser wrote on December 04, 2011 at 1:12 pm
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The Quizno's closed because it's a dirty place where no on wants to eat.

hmmm wrote on December 04, 2011 at 5:12 pm

The quizno's on Vine will be missed.  I always had excellent food there and the staff was very friendly.  Good luck on your future ventures Mr. Patel.

ddf1972 wrote on December 04, 2011 at 6:12 pm

TJ or Whole Foods would be nice, but I know the latter, and likely the former, requires a certain level of population and per capita income, and Champaign likely comes out short.  The students lower the per capita income, and at just over 200,000, the CU micropolitan area is likely too small.  It'd be great though, for a TJ to give CU a shot.  There are only two Whole Foods in all of metro St. Louis where I live now, an area of nearly 3,000,000 with plenty of wealthy areas.

mmemartinez wrote on December 06, 2011 at 8:12 pm

trader joe's! trader joe's! trader joe's! please???


edit: if TJ's can have 18 chicagoland stores, I think C-U-Savoy-Mahomet, et al. can support 1.