It's Your Business: Urbana True Tires on the move

It's Your Business: Urbana True Tires on the move

Watch for Urbana True Tires to move from its longtime location north of the Urbana City Building to the former Arrow Glass building on North Cunningham Avenue.

Richard E. Rollins, manager of the store at 202 S. Vine St., U, said it will likely be early February or early March before the dealership relocates to 608 N. Cunningham Ave., U — across from McDonald's.

"It will be a much better facility," Rollins said. "We'll have a nicer customer waiting area, customer display area and customer write-up area."

Rollins learned last year that the city of Urbana was not going to renew the dealership's lease on Vine Street, which expires April 30. The city has been targeting that site for commercial redevelopment.

So Urbana True Tires sought to relocate nearby, Rollins said.

"We wanted to maintain our customer base and take care of customers at a facility five to six blocks away from where we are," he said.

The former Arrow Glass building had space available, and Urbana True Tires arranged to lease 10,500 square feet of it.

That's roughly 60 percent more than the 6,500 square feet it has now on Vine.

"We're going to install new racks and lifts into that location," Rollins said.

Urbana True Tires counts Goodyear, Dunlop, Pirelli and Kenda among its major brands, as well as Falken and other makes of tires. The business also provides automotive repair services.

There's been a tire company at the Vine Street site for the past 50 years, with the previous stores known as Urbana Tire Co. or Urbana Goodyear, Rollins said.

Urbana True Tires and its sister store, Champaign True Tires at 210 S. Walnut St., C, are operated by True Tires and Automotive Co. Rollins is the company president, and Warren McIntosh is vice president, as well as manager of the Champaign store.

"The Urbana location employs five at this time, and we're hoping to increase that," Rollins said.

The store's phone numbers are 328-3304 and 328-3305, and the website is urbanatruetires.com.

Batter up!

The Cage is gearing up for its peak season at its new location in the Bicentennial Center (former Leonhard Center) at 2212 Sangamon Drive, C.

"We have six full-size batting cages that open up into a big, open (artificial) turf space so people can use it (to practice) for adult softball, girls' fast-pitch softball and baseball," said owner Shawn Tabeling.

There are pitching machines for recreational hitting, and people can either practice on their own or work with instructors. Instructors include Tabeling's brother, Ryan; several Parkland College coaches including Dave Garcia, Jon Goebel and Zach Berryman; and Dan Winkler, who just made the Atlanta Braves major-league roster after working his way up through the minor leagues.

Hours are 3:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The Cage is also available by appointment.

The business opened in 2008 in warehouse space at 2815 Hundman Drive, C, where it had two batting cages.

The Cage moved out of that space in October and transitioned to the new location in November.

"We tripled our space," Tabeling said. "We also have an activities room for birthday parties and meetings, and we have options available now for clinics and camps."

The former Leonhard Center basketball gym has been equipped with energy-efficient lighting. The floor has been covered with artificial turf. and a netting system has been installed to create the cages. Tabeling said.

Cage rentals are $20 for a half-hour and $30 for an hour. Individual lessons are $35 per half-hour.

To make appointments, call 722-9374 or go online to cuatthecage.com.

An end to Evolve

Saturday was the last day for the Evolve Fitness Club in downtown Champaign.

Owner Vickee Cermak said the business was told by building owner One Main Development that the building at 508 N. Neil St., C, might be torn down next year to make way for a five- or six-story apartment complex with retail space.

"Our customer base is downtown, so we looked around" for other facilities, said Cermak, who owned the business with her daughter, Danielle Hendricks. But they concluded that it was too expensive to move and that Evolve would have had to raise its rates considerably.

"It was not feasible for us, being the small business we are," Cermak said. "Everyone is very sad about it. ... It's unfortunate for members, but (the proposed development is) good for downtown."

Cermak said Evolve has been downtown since 2007, and she and Hendricks are its third set of owners, having acquired the business in February 2013 from Clint Ourso and Jennifer Romine.

Cermak's husband, Dan, said the club had more than 250 members, and those who have paid in advance either have been refunded or will get a refund.

Evolve offered cardio and strength equipment, as well as group fitness classes. Most of the equipment has been sold, but some remains if anyone wants to buy them. If not purchased, they'll be given to charity, Cermak said.

As of Jan. 1, personal trainer Matt Rossbach will lease the space for his business, MLAB Fitness.

Rossbach, who has been with Evolve for four years and who is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, said he will offer personal training and group fitness classes, including "All About Abs," "Boxing Fitness," "More for Core" and "FitGames" cardio, strength and total body classes.

Nicole Pearson and Shardai Shelton will also be offering pole fitness classes in that space.

MLAB Fitness can be reached at 708-837-8573 or at mattrossbach@gmail.com.

This cup's for you

McDonald's local owner-operators in central Illinois donated more than 200,000 cups of coffee to active and veteran military members through a program that donated a cup of coffee for every cup sold between Nov. 3 and Nov. 16.

The military recipients will get the coffee in the form of fresh grounds to be brewed at their convenience.

"Providing this donation to our military is just a small token of our appreciation for everything they do for us," said McDonald's owner-operator Dwight Miller.

The local donation was supplemented by an additional $20,000 worth of coffee grounds donated by McDonald's Corp.

Accompanying the care packages will be more than 5,000 handwritten letters from McDonald's customers and area schools.

The McDonald's owner-operators are working in partnership with Operation Gratitude, based in Van Nuys, Calif, to package and distribute 50,000 care packages, including the coffee and letters. Military members are expected to receive the care packages in late December.

Contact Don Dodson at 351-5227; 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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