Biz Quiz 2013: A look back at the year in business

Biz Quiz 2013: A look back at the year in business

It was a year populated with food-truck startups and crowd-funding schemes. A year in which IMAX came to Savoy.

A year in which Flex-N-Gate's Shahid Khan leapfrogged Oprah on Forbes magazine's rankings of the 400 richest Americans.

Ah, 2013 — how much we'll remember, how much we'll forget.

Here's a chance to see what you've retained, what you've lost and possibly what you never knew of developments on Champaign County's business front.

Following are 25 questions about the year's events. Score four points for each correct answer, for a possible total of 100 points. Answers are on Page E-2.

1. What retail chain — having announced in February 2012 it would close its Champaign store sometime in 2013 — finally revealed in late October that it would close the store in January 2014?

2. What two longtime auto dealerships in the Champaign-Urbana area were sold to new dealers in 2013? (2 points for each)

3. What two auto dealerships moved to all-new buildings on Marketview Drive in Champaign this year? (2 points for each)

4. What radio station call letters, in use in Champaign-Urbana from 1978 to 2005, were resurrected in March of this year?

5. What longtime retailer in Campustown closed in May after a "storied" 75-year presence there? (Ragstock, Apricot Lane and Panda Express have either moved into that space or announced plans to do so.)

6. What popular Urbana restaurant announced plans to open a second location in the "old, old" train station in downtown Champaign?

7. What Mexican restaurant in Campustown announced plans to open a second location in the "old" train station in downtown Champaign?

8. What downtown Champaign restaurant announced plans to open a second location hear Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana?

9. What bagel shop in Urbana opened a second location near the Prospect Avenue interchange with Interstate 74?

10. What Italian restaurant on South First Street opened a second location at Village at The Crossing and subsequently announced plans to close its original location?

11. What store does Niemann Foods plan to open at two locations in Champaign — one near its existing County Market store at Kirby Avenue and Duncan Road and the other near a new County Market at the Carriage Center site near Neil Street and Devonshire Drive?

12. What's the name of the hotel that announced plans to build on the Carriage Center site?

13. Of four high-rise building projects going up on Green Street, which will be the tallest?

a) Apartment building at Second and Green streets.

b) Apartment building on site of former IHOP and convenience store at Fourth and Green streets.

c) Apartment building at site of former Gameday Spirit building at Sixth and Green streets.

d) Apartment-hotel complex at site of city parking lot "J" near Sixth and Green streets.

14. Name the tobacco shop that moved to downtown Champaign this fall after 52 years in Campustown.

15. Name the Campustown hot dog shop that closed in July after Jay Feiz spent 27 years there as proprietor.

16. The Volition video-game studio passed into new hands last spring after its parent company, THQ Inc., filed bankruptcy. What company purchased most of Volition's assets and now owns Deep Silver Volition?

17. What Champaign-based company was sold to Sabre Holdings this year?

18. What restaurant opened Nov. 1 in the former Mas Amigos location on East Springfield Avenue in Champaign and was destroyed by fire Nov. 16?

19. What sporting goods company opened a new 815,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution center in Rantoul in October?

20. What food manufacturer celebrated the 50th anniversary of its plant in Champaign this year — and a month later, announced plans for a 730,000-square-foot warehouse just to the south?

21. What software company celebrated 25 years in Champaign this year, with 419 employees attending the silver-anniversary celebration at Allerton Park near Monticello?

22. Demolition of the former Gateway Studios got under way this fall near the Neil Street interchange with Interstate 74. What was the name of the hotel that originally occupied that complex?

23. What coffee outlet opened a second location near Springfield and Mattis avenues in Champaign to supplement its original location at Market Place Shopping Center?

24. What 150-unit apartment complex opened in downtown Champaign this year to serve people ages 22 to 64 with physical disabilities?

25. What local furniture store announced in August that it would consolidate its Champaign and Urbana stores at its Urbana location?


1. Sears

2. Shelby Motors (now Champaign Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram) and Twin City BMW-Honda (now BMW-Honda of Champaign)

3. Ford City Ford-Lincoln, formerly on South Neil Street in Champaign, and Illini Nissan, formerly in Savoy


5. Follett's

6. Black Dog Smoke & Ale

7. Maize Mexican Grill

8. Ko-Fusion

9. Einstein Bros. Bagels

10. Minneci's Ristorante

11. Ace Hardware

12 Home2 Suites by Hilton

13 b) HERE of Champaign, the apartment building at site of former IHOP and convenience store at Fourth and Green streets

14. Jon's Pipe Shop

15. Wonderdogs

16. Koch Media

17. Midwest Underground Technology Inc.

18. Layalina Mediterranean Grill

19. Easton-Bell Sports

20. Kraft Foods Group

21. Wolfram Research

22. Holiday Inn

23. Biggby Coffee

24. Eden Supportive Living

25. Carter's Furniture

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