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Urbana Meijer store open for business

URBANA – The new Meijer store at the northeast corner of Philo and Windsor roads was open for business Wednesday following a 7 a.m. ribbon cutting.

Meijer acquired the southeast Urbana land in the early 1990s, but after building a store in north Champaign, did not announce plans for construction of the Urbana store until October 2006.

Developers object to proposed fee hikes

CHAMPAIGN – City fees for constructing a new single-family home would rise by about $220 under a proposal put forward Tuesday by city officials.

But the local development community – saying it's under extreme pressure because of the faltering economy – told two city officials now is not the time to be boosting building permit and other development fees by 25 percent to 30 percent.

Many don't feel affected by financial crisis

CHAMPAIGN – Despite the pleas of bankers, economists and officeholders, some folks in Champaign-Urbana say they don't feel they've been greatly affected by the banking crisis of the last few weeks and they're in no rush for a federal bailout package.

"We have money in the stock market, and that's gone down, but no, I'm not particularly worried about our situation," said Nancy Egner, who described herself as a homemaker from Savoy. "I worry about other people – people who work in the banks that have failed."

Rossville group plans first Business After Hours

ROSSVILLE – The Rossville Community Organization's first Business After Hours will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The gathering will feature two of the newest members of the organization: Art's Paperbacks and Crafts, 103-105 S. Chicago St., and Village Art & Culture, 111 S. Chicago St. Light refreshments will be served.

Economy, other problems force closure of Papa George

CHAMPAIGN – Valerie and George Pyle got the word to some of their 30 employees Sunday. The rest would see the sign when they came in Monday.

The Pyles' restaurant, Papa George, at 505 S. Neil St., C, is closing. Its last day open is expected to be Friday, Valerie Pyle said.

Urbana Meijer store to open on Wednesday

URBANA – The new Meijer store at the northeast corner of Philo and Windsor roads is expected to open for business Wednesday following a 7 a.m. ribbon cutting.

 

Agency: Gill expansion to boost local economy by $17.8 million a year

CHAMPAIGN – Gill Athletics' recently announced expansion in Champaign is likely to boost the local economy by $17.8 million a year, according to projections by the Champaign County Economic Development Corp.

Besides moving 85 jobs to the Champaign area, the expansion is expected to create 56 other jobs in the community as a result of products and services bought by Gill and its employees, the development group said.

Papa George restaurant to close Friday

CHAMPAIGN – Valerie and George Pyle got the word to some of their 30 employees Sunday. The rest would see the sign when they came in Monday.

The Pyles' restaurant, Papa George, at 505 S. Neil St., C, is closing. Its last day open is expected to be Friday, Valerie Pyle said.

Do-it-yourself approach yields successful businesses

DANVILLE – On a hot day in 1950s Detroit, a young Jim Darby had just finished digging a grave by hand in Gethsemane Cemetery when he sat down on the cool clay at the bottom of the massive hole and contemplated his future.

"I wonder if this is what I'm going to do my whole life?" he thought.

Turns out, the answer was "yes" and "no."

"I've never been out of the cemetery since," says "Big Jim" Darby, now 70.

While he hasn't spent much time digging graves in the last 50 years or so, Darby has built, along with family and dedicated employees, a successful cemetery and funeral-home business that's branched out over the years in some high-tech ways.

Restaurant supply runs in blood of KECdesign's founders

CHAMPAIGN – Dan Proctor grew up in the restaurant-supply business. So perhaps it's no surprise his company today is furnishing the kitchens of restaurants, hotels and day care centers nationwide.

KECdesign, based in Champaign's Apollo Industrial Subdivision, supplies kitchen equipment for the Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches chain. The company also supplied equipment for such high-profile local projects as the Memorial Stadium renovation, Houlihan's Restaurant and the I Hotel and Conference Center.