It's Your Business: Market Place in store for 3 more shops


It's Your Business: Market Place in store for 3 more shops

Three more shops are coming to Market Place Shopping Center this year, according to General Manager Dennis Robertson.

Earthbound Trading, which offers gifts and apparel made by artisans and craft cooperatives, will move into the space between Aeropostale and Eddie Bauer in the Bergner's wing of the mall.

According to Earthbound's website, the store is slated to open in June.

Two other stores — Teavana and Pandora — will move into the space in the J.C. Penney wing that was formerly occupied by Bijoux.

Teavana is a tea vendor and bulk tea seller that is expected to open in September, Robertson said. The Atlanta-based chain, which got its start in 1997, now has 150 locations in the U.S. and Mexico.

Pandora sells beaded charms, with customers able to design their own bracelets and necklaces, Robertson said. It's expected to open in late spring.

In February, Bijoux moved to a new space closer to J.C. Penney.

Meanwhile, Kay Jewelers has moved to a temporary space in the J.C. Penney wing, next to The Children's Place.

It's expected to return to its permanent space by the mall's center court in three or four weeks, once that's been remodeled, Robertson said.

It's been a busy year at Market Place, with Bare Minerals opening in early March, Francesca's Collections slated to open in April, and Buca di Beppo heading toward a possible September opening.

Plus, Dress Barn opened Friday at its new location at Market Place Plaza. The existing Dress Barn at 712 W. Town Center Blvd. will remain open for several more months.

Meanwhile, it's status quo for the Sears store at Market Place Shopping Center.

In February, Sears agreed to give General Growth Properties, the shopping center's owner, control of Sears' space in Champaign and 10 other locations.

The arrangement, expected to be finalized soon, would give flexibility to both companies.It would allow Sears to provide notice of changes — such as a closing — without violating its lease, and it would allow General Growth Properties to market the space in the meantime.

When Sears announced the transaction on Feb. 23, it said "the stores will continue to operate as Sears locations in 2013 with final closing dates to be determined and announced later this year."

Slumberland coming to Mattoon

Mattoon will soon be getting a Slumberland furniture store.

A former CVS building at 222 Broadway Ave. East — near Cross County Mall — is being refurbished to accommodate the franchise store, according to Michael Larson, director of franchise development for Slumberland.

The franchise owners will be Scott and Samantha Eggleston, with the opening projected for June, Larson said.

The store will be about 30,000 square feet, slightly smaller than the Slumberland store on Town Center Boulevard in Champaign, he said.

The Mattoon store will be the 125th store in the chain, which consists of about 40 corporate stores and about 85 franchise stores, Larson said.

Slumberland sells not only bedding, but also furniture for living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms.

Scott Eggleston previously served as a corporate manager for Slumberland, most recently as general manager for the Wichita, Kan., market, Larson said.

Coming to Lincoln Square Village

The space just north of 88 Broadway at Urbana's Lincoln Square Village is being renovated for a new Edward Jones office, according to mall owner Jim Webster.

The office, near the intersection of the mall's "high court" and the main east-west hallway, is expected to open about May 1, he said.

Music and more

Mark Cornell, who has been giving private music lessons for 20 years, is expanding his business, Groove Duke Academy.

Cornell has been giving trumpet and trombone lessons in the basement of Champaign's Huntington Towers for the past three years.

He's been experimenting with giving lessons in students' homes, and he's looking for additional teachers who can give piano and guitar lessons and are willing to go to students' homes.

Cornell is also launching Groove Duke Emporium, a retail venture that will sell, among other things, the cigar-box guitars he builds.

Separately, he's looking at opening a small workshop on Bailey Alley, behind Furniture Lounge on University Avenue, where he will clean horns and build guitars.

Cornell said he named the academy and emporium after his rhythm-and-blues band, Groove Duke.

The phone number for his business is 352-6953.

Are you opening a new business or changing an existing one? 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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