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CHAMPAIGN — A five-story, 52-unit apartment building is expected to replace the old White Horse Inn and Garcia's Pizza-in-a-Pan buildings on Green Street in Campustown.
Demolition began this week on the former White Horse Inn at 112 E. Green St., C, and workers say they also expect to demolish the old Garcia's building just to the west at 108 E. Green St., C.
Kirlin's Hallmark plans to return to Champaign — and open a store in Danville too.
The Quincy-based, family owned chain has set a tentative opening date of Feb. 22 for its store at Marketview Shopping Center in Champaign, said marketing director Laura Sievert.
It will take the spot at 55 E. Marketview Drive, C, recently vacated by Dena's Hallmark.
Test your memory of economic development news in 2012 by taking The News-Gazette's annual Biz Quiz.
Score five points for each correct answer to the first 15 questions. Score one point for each correct answer to the 25 "lightning round" questions. Top score for the entire quiz is 100 points.
Here's a chance to take stock of how well you've kept up with business developments in Vermilion County this year. Give yourself 10 points for each correct answer.
1. Name the Danville company that broke ground in June for a 127,000-square-foot expansion at its headquarters on Maple Street.
CHAMPAIGN — Zelma's Pizzeria and Grill could soon be sold, but longtime owner Ralph Monical says the restaurant is expected to keep its name and its recipe for pizza.
Monical, who opened the restaurant at 1103 W. Windsor Road, C, in December 2003, said he's trying to put the finishing touches on the sale.
GIFFORD — You won't need a bib to eat at Gifford's newest restaurant, but don't be surprised to see the owner wearing one. Bib overalls, that is.
Lorin Schluter is well-known for that type of attire, so much so that that's what he has named his restaurants.
URBANA — Food contaminated by E. coli bacteria sends more than 2,000 people in the U.S. to the hospital a year, but University of Illinois food scientists have developed a new way to make one source of sometimes contaminated food, fresh produce, much safer.
CHAMPAIGN — During December, drivers who spend at least $5 at a downtown Champaign business or restaurant will be allowed up to four hours of free parking at the Hill Street parking deck on the same day as their purchase.
The offer has become an annual promotion to encourage and thank customers who patronize downtown businesses, according to a press release from the city.
CHAMPAIGN — TGI Friday's plans to open Dec. 17 in the former Chevy's Fresh-Mex building at 103 W. Marketview Drive, C, the restaurant's operator announced Thursday.
Curtis Akers of LeRoy has been hired as general manager, and about 120 people are expected to be employed there, according to a release from Fifth Day Restaurants, owner and operator of the new TGI Friday's.