It's Your Business: Gander Mountain plans May opening

It's Your Business: Gander Mountain plans May opening

Gander Mountain has set a spring opening for its new store at 2006 N. Prospect Ave., C — the site of the former Circuit City.

Company spokesman Jess Myers said the chain is hoping to open in late May.

The Champaign store will be the St. Paul, Minn.-based company's sixth in Illinois. The chain, which caters to outdoor enthusiasts, already has outlets in Peoria, Springfield, Rockford, Joliet and Geneva.

Gander Mountain sells new and used firearms, plus gear and accessories for hunting, fishing, camping, boating, archery and outdoor recreation.

It also carries men's and women's outdoor apparel, with brands including The North Face, Columbia, Under Armour and Carhartt, and footwear by Asics, Reebok, New Balance, Brooks, Patagonia and Timberland.

Gander Mountain has 131 stores in 24 states, and its 2014 expansion plan includes two new stores in Indiana, at Avon and Greenfield. Its Champaign store will fill a space that's been vacant since 2009.

Gander Mountain stores typically employ 50 to 70 associates, 20 to 30 of them full-time, Myers said.

Mirror Image moves to Mattis

Mirror Image Hair Studio will move from 202 W. University Ave., U, to 1205 S. Mattis Ave., C, on Feb. 11, according to Laneshia Sargent, owner of the salon.

The new space is next to Denny's Professional Cleaners & Launderers.

Sargent said Mirror Image had been at the Urbana location seven years.

"We wanted to make a fresh start in a new location," she said, adding that many clients come from Champaign and Savoy.

New owners for Newton's

Staff writer Tracy Moss reports that Newton's Cleaning & Restoration, 701 Tilton Road, Danville, is under new ownership.

The new owners are Jim Stewart and Erich Hannah, who bought the business in December from Bob and Michelle Newton. All five full-time employees were retained.

Newton's Cleaning & Restoration specializes in cleaning carpets, hard-surface floors, ducts and upholstery and in restoring items damaged by water and fire.

Stewart has been the general manager at Newton's for the last 22 years. Last spring, he was approached by the Newtons with the opportunity to buy the business. Stewart then contacted Hannah — who has been in banking for 13 years — about going into business with him.

The business, which serves customers in central Illinois and Indiana, was started by Bob Newton's father, Don Newton.

Business offers new service

Emergency Vehicle Lighting, at 418 S. Chestnut St., C, has begun installing Smart Start breath alcohol ignition interlock devices in vehicles.

The devices prevent drivers from being able to start their vehicle if their breath alcohol level exceeds state limits.

Smart Start has more than 110,000 such devices on the road in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world.

Installation by Smart Start certified and trained professionals usually takes about an hour, according to a Smart Start release.

Those professionals also help train drivers to make sure they know how to use the device and avoid violations.

Emergency Vehicle Lighting, owned by Ron Shadix, opened in December 2012. Its phone number is 607-2324.

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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