It's Your Business: Discount Gas plans to expand, remodel
Discount Gas, 102 S. Mattis Ave., C, is planning to start a remodeling project toward the end of this month.
The Chicago-based owner, Salim Patel, said his plans include removing the old repair service bays and expanding the convenience store. A new liquor license courtesy of the city will allow him to begin package sales.
Also included in the project will be some remodeling at the pumps and new landscaping, Patel said.
He hopes to have the work done by mid-October to early November, he added.
Pizza shop almost back
The Urbana Papa John's pizza shop that was damaged in a fire in April will be open again soon.
Construction is under way at the 1307 E. Florida Ave. location.
The shop should be ready to reopen by Aug. 18, according to District Manager Harold Rose.
Massage business to start
Brown Bee Massage will open Friday at Melby Chiropractic, 801 W. Springfield Ave., C.
Jessica May, a graduate of Parkland College's massage therapy program in 2005, has been working in clients' homes and is launching a business location for the first time. She will offer massage services by appointment for half-hour, hour and 90-minute sessions.
She will accept appointments for the hours between 1 and 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday.
For information, call 898-8134.
Clinic set to open site
The new Carle Clinic satellite facility at 1818 E. Windsor Road in southeast Urbana is set to open Monday.
The 68,000-square-foot building – identical to Carle's new satellite at 1701 W. Curtis Road, C – has more than 90 exam rooms and will offer adult and family medicine, dermatology, geriatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychology and reproductive medical services.
It will also have self-check-in technology, free parking, an on-site lab and X-ray services, a drive-through pharmacy and cafe/coffee shop. A convenient care center will open there next month.
Doctors are moving to the new clinic from Carle facilities on Philo Road, Kirby Avenue and the main Carle campus.
The public is invited to an open house at both new Carle Clinic facilities from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10.
Marketing to UI students
JSM Development, a retail/office/apartment developer in the University of Illinois campus area, is launching a marketing program to beef up UI student spending at campus-area businesses.
Starting this month, the new JSM "VIP Discount" program will keep students living in JSM apartments in the loop about discounts and special promotions available to just them through more than 25 participating Campustown retailers.
Every student living in a JSM apartment gets a VIP discount card and can check online for discounts. JSM will also provide e-mail blasts to students about promotions on certain dates, the developer says.
For more information, see www.jsmapts.com.
– Howbowda Bagel (serving bagels, spreads, sandwiches and coffees) has opened at 611 E. Green St., C.
– Charlotte Russe, a California-based apparel shop catering to teenage girls and women in their 20s, has opened at Market Place Mall.
Aschermann Motor Co., a Ford/Mercury dealership in Arthur, closed Thursday after 79 years in business.
Owner Bill Salrin, who was with the family owned business for 41 years, said he decided to close because it's become too hard to compete as a small-town dealer.
Salrin will still be selling cars in the area. He's going to work for Tim Mooney Ford in Tuscola, he said.
Are you opening a new business or changing something at your existing business? Debra Pressey can be reached by phone at 351-5229 or 800-252-3346; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.