It's Your Business: Five Guys to join crowd at Lone Star site

Five Guys Burgers and Fries, one of the nation's fastest-growing fast-food chains, is coming to Champaign's North Prospect Avenue area.

Five Guys will join previously announced Chipotle Mexican Grill, The Vitamin Shoppe and Mattress Firm in a two-building development at the former site of Lone Star Steakhouse.

The old Lone Star building at 901 W. Anthony Drive, C, was demolished, and foundations for the two new buildings were poured last week, said Rob Walters, one of the owners of Oak Brook-based Quattro Development.

Blocks for the two buildings' walls are expected to go up this week, he said.

Five Guys and The Vitamin Shoppe will occupy the 5,300-square-foot northern building, while Chipotle and Mattress Firm will be in the 6,900-square-foot southern building.

Walters said he expects construction to be complete by July 1, but tenants will have additional work to do after that.

He said The Vitamin Shoppe and Mattress Firm are likely to be open about Sept. 1, and the two restaurants will probably open in early November.

Five Guys has more than 900 locations nationwide and 1,500 more in development, according to its website.

The chain started in the Washington, D.C., area, and franchising activity heated up over the last decade.

Five Guys serves up hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bacon burgers, hot dogs, veggie sandwiches and two varieties of fries. You can choose from 15 different toppings for your burgers.

The owners of Quattro Development — Walters and Mike Liyeos — are University of Illinois graduates who have been involved in several development projects in downstate Illinois.

Walters said Chipotle and The Vitamin Shoppe were both interested in Champaign, and Quattro went "property to property" to see whether businesses in the area were interested in selling.

Owners of the Lone Star property were willing to sell after an offer and counter-offer were made, he added.

Mattress Firm came on board relatively soon after, and Five Guys joined in later. Originally, a cellphone business was expected to occupy the Five Guys space.

Ippatsu on the move

Ippatsu Salon, a fixture in downtown Champaign, plans to move a few blocks east, come April.

The salon, located at 122 N. Neil St., just south of Christopher's Fine Jewelry Design, will move to 73 E. Chester St., C, south of Manzella's Italian Patio.

Ippatsu owner Rebecca Bedinger said the salon had to move because the landlord had other plans for the space.

She said the last day at the Neil Street location will be March 31, and the salon will reopen for business on Chester Street on April 3.

The new salon will have hairstyling stations that incorporate doors from the 1800s, Bedinger added.

Ippatsu has been in its current space for 11 years, and Bedinger has been the salon owner for nine years.

The phone number will remain 356-6547.

Salon expanding in Rantoul

Style FX Salon, Spa and Tanning in Rantoul is expanding into new space.

The salon, at 105 E. Sangamon Ave., is taking over the space at 103 E. Sangamon Ave., effectively doubling in size, said Patti Marchakitus, who co-owns Style FX with her husband, Mike.

"We're going to add more hair styling stations, a color room, a massage room, a lounge area, a spray-tan booth and more tanning beds," she said.

The remodeling started within the past month and should be completed by summer, Marchakitus added.

She acquired the salon business in 1990, and her husband joined her in the business in 2002, when they adopted the Style FX name.

In 2008, the salon moved to its current location.

Rapid Refill offering home delivery

Rapid Refill, the Champaign business that sells remanufactured ink-jet and laser cartridges for up to 50 percent off retail prices, is seeking to make life more convenient for customers.

The store at 1801 W. Kirby Ave., C, has begun offering home delivery for retail customers.

"We have offered delivery to our business customers since we opened three years ago," said owner Randy Dahl. "People are busy, so we decided to offer home delivery to customers in the Champaign-Urbana area."

The minimum order for home delivery will be $20, with a $3 delivery fee charged.

Customers who live outside Champaign-Urbana but work in the cities can get their orders delivered to their workplace. Orders can also be drop-shipped.

Rapid Refill is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The store also offers copy and print services. Its phone number is 352-9126 and its website is http://www.rapidrefill373.com.

Panera gets refreshed

The Panera Bread store at 1903 Convenience Place, C, has done some sprucing up.

Mike Maloney, general manager of the corporate-owned store, said chairs have been replaced and new carpeting installed. Soon, new patio furniture will go up outside.

Maloney said the store is 8 years old, and it was time to remodel.

Kruger's ATA expands to Decatur

Jen and John Kruger, owners of the ATA Black Belt Academy in Danville, have opened a new location in Decatur.

The Decatur location is on the city's northeast side — at 2343 and 2353 E. Federal Drive — just west of Illinois 48 and south of Interstate 72.

The school also has locations at 440 N. Walnut St. in Danville and an affiliate at the Danville YMCA.

The school has 24 instructors among the three locations. They teach adults, children as young as 3 years old and special-abilities students.

Are you opening a new business or changing an existing one? Contact Don Dodson at 351-5227 or 800-252-3346; by email at dodson@news-gazette.com; 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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Are you kidding wrote on March 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

URBANA!!! WHERE ARE YOU?????? WHY CAN'T YOU BRING THESE TYPES OF THINGS TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF WRIGHT STREET??????? AREN'T YOU STARVED FOR TAX MONEY????? GET WITH IT URBANA!!! TIME TO GROW UP!!!!!

ronaldo wrote on March 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Don't get too excited.  Five Guys, now that's great, but another mattress shop?  Really?  How long before that spot's vacant?

fortherecord wrote on March 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Thats the way they always have been. I could be wrong, but wasn't it Urbana that turned there back on the railroad years ago leading to the city of "Champaign" which is now downtown Champaign? As Urbana fizzles away Champaign is more and more booming every day.