Carmike 13 slates grand opening for Oct. 31

Carmike 13 slates grand opening for Oct. 31

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CHAMPAIGN — The Carmike 13 theater complex has set its grand opening for Oct. 31.

The complex — built at 910 Meijer Drive, C, on the site of the old Beverly 18 — will feature a "BigD" large-format auditorium where 2-D and 3-D movies will be shown on a screen three stories tall and 81 feet wide.

That auditorium will seat nearly 600 people, according to a release from Columbus, Ga.-based Carmike Cinemas.

All 13 auditoriums will have stadium seating and high-back rocking seats and will have a collective seating capacity of more than 2,800.

Carmike Cinemas will host a pre-opening night charity event at 7 p.m. Oct. 30, with proceeds to benefit the United Way of Champaign County. Movie tickets, popcorn and fountain drinks will be available for $2 each that night.

The Beverly 18 closed in mid-February to make way for the new complex.

Becknell Industrial to build Kraft warehouse

CHAMPAIGN — Becknell Industrial has been chosen by Kraft Foods Group to develop and build a 730,000-square-foot warehouse south of the Kraft production facility in Champaign.

"Becknell Industrial has been providing Kraft with one-stop, design-and-build services for many years," said John Dattilo, Kraft's senior manager of corporate real estate.

Through the years, Becknell has developed more than 30 projects for Kraft. Many of the properties continue to be owned and leased by Becknell.

Founded in Champaign, Becknell now has offices in Chicago, Indianapolis and Dallas. It owns 98 properties totaling 9.1 million square feet in 35 states and has another 1.1 million square feet in the initial stage of development.

"We are honored that Kraft has chosen Becknell to build this new facility — especially in Champaign, where we began our business," said Dan Harrington, Becknell's chairman and CEO, in a release from the company.

Becknell's other build-to-suit clients include TRW Automotive, Mondelez International, USG Corp., PPG Industries, Bimbo Bakeries USA, Magna International, and Owens & Minor.

Lower natural gas prices expected this winter

COLLINSVILLE — Ameren Illinois is projecting that natural gas prices this winter will be lower than they were last winter.

The utility said it expects gas-supply prices this heating season to average between 53 cents and 55 cents per therm.

That would be about 5 percent less than last winter, when Ameren Illinois customers paid an average of 57 cents per therm.

Some customers could have higher overall bills than last year, the utility said in a release. Last winter, residential customers used less natural gas than usual as a result of higher-than-normal temperatures.

Gas-supply costs include the cost of interstate gas transportation, leased storage and the natural gas commodity, according to Ameren.

New brochure touts restaurants along I-74

CHAMPAIGN — Six convention and visitors bureaus along Interstate 74 have developed a new brochure to encourage traffic for restaurants in their areas.

Visit Champaign County — along with bureaus in the Bloomington-Normal, Danville, Galesburg, Peoria and Quad Cities areas — have cooperated in developing and distributing the brochure, called "Triple D Galore Along I-74: Diners, Dives and Drive-Ins Across Illinois."

Each bureau selected six to eight restaurants from their areas to feature.

In Champaign County, featured restaurants include: Farren's Pub & Eatery, Maize Mexican Grill and Papa Del's Pizza, all in Champaign; Black Dog Smoke & Ale House in Urbana; Ott's Drive-in in Rantoul; the Philo Tavern in Philo; and the Sidney Dairy Barn in Sidney.

In the Danville area, featured restaurants include: Charlotte's, Custard Cup, Gross' Burgers, Main Street Bar and Grill, Mike's Grill & Mike's Chill, Moon-Glo and Royal Donut.

For a list of restaurants in the other four areas, check links to the online version of the brochure at either the Champaign County website ( or the Danville Area site (

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