Aldi has set Thursday as the opening day for its new store at 801 W. Interstate Drive, C — northeast of the Starbucks on North Prospect Avenue and northwest of the Champaign Wal-Mart.
The 17,900-square-foot store will replace the Aldi at 701 N. Mattis Ave., C.
The new store features higher ceilings, improved natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials.
It plans to stock more than 1,400 of the most frequently purchased grocery items sold under Aldi-exclusive brands at prices the company says are up to 50 percent less than those charged by traditional supermarkets.
The new Champaign location will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Aldi has more than 1,100 stores in 31 states, primarily from Kansas to the East Coast. It most recently expanded into the Dallas-Forth Worth area and into south Florida.
Furniture Lounge returns
That vintage furniture store — Furniture Lounge — is returning to downtown Champaign, only one space away from where it used to be.
Co-owner Scott Schaub said the store plans to open in the former Old Vic Art Gallery space at 11 E. University Ave., possibly by Thursday. The store got its start in 2002 at 9 E. University Ave., C, which now houses the indi go Artist Co-op.
"We were bored where we were at," Schaub said, noting that the business has been operating from warehouse space in St. Joseph since closing its store in downtown Urbana. "We liked the interaction with customers."
Besides selling furniture, Furniture Lounge also sells vintage clothing, records, art work and decorative items.
Much of the merchandise dates from the 1920s through the 1980s, said Schaub, who co-owns the business with Amanda McWilliams.
Hours for the Champaign store will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The store will be closed Sunday through Wednesday, he said.
Furniture Lounge does "a brisk Internet business," Schaub said. The store's website is http://www.furniturelounge.net . Schaub can be reached at 418-5388.
Wild Birds & More opens new nest
Rich Trevillian, general manager of Wild Birds & More, reports the store has officially opened at 301 W. Marketview Drive, C, in the same building as Lumber Liquidators.
Wild Birds & More had to vacate its previous space at Market Place Plaza (1901 N. Market St., C) on short notice. But Trevillian said he thinks the scramble for new space has paid off.
"It's a bigger store with a better layout and more convenience for customers," he said.
Wild Birds & More now has about 3,000 square feet of space, and staff can help load customers' vehicles at the store's back door, he said.
The store sells premium birdseed, bird feeders and bird houses.
"We do not carry live birds," Trevillian said, noting that people often stop by inquiring about that.
The store also carries some new products — soy wax candles that the store produces itself, and an expanded line of dog and cat food.
Wild Birds & More also carries lawn and garden products, gift items and a line of outdoor patio furniture made from recycled material, Trevillian said.
Wild Birds got its start on Country Fair Drive in Champaign and got new owners in February 2009.
Hours of the new store are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The phone number remains 352-1770.
Get the point?
Urbana Acupuncture has opened in Lincoln Square Village in a space near Charter Fitness.
Owner Jim Lorr, who has been practicing acupuncture for 11 years, recently moved back to the Champaign-Urbana area after living in New York. Lorr, who attended the University of Illinois, once worked at the Red Herring.
Lorr calls his approach to acupuncture treatment "community acupuncture" in which multiple people receive treatment at the same time.
"We use a large open room like a living room, which has a bunch of recliners in it. People roll up their pant legs and sleeves and get acupuncture that way," he said.
Acupuncture can help relieve pain and stress, as well as stress-related conditions such as sleep and digestive disorders, he said.
The business is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and by appointment.
Lorr can be reached at 344-9118. The website is http://www.urbana-acu.com .
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