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It's Your Business: Stores coming to Tuscola mall

Chico's and American Eagle Outfitters plan to open stores at Tanger Outlets in Tuscola this spring.

Chico's, a women's clothing chain that has a store at Champaign's Old Farm Shops, plans to open the Tuscola outlet on April 24, said Morrie Mendenhall, Tanger's general manager.

Danville won't enforce rules on temporary signs

DANVILLE — The city of Danville has decided it will not make businesses take down their temporary signs for now, and in the meantime, aldermen will discuss a possible rewrite of the city's temporary sign ordinance.

Local governments' finances getting back to pre-recession levels

It took a while, but the three biggest local governments in Champaign County either have finally regained their financial footing from the recession of 2008, or they expect to do so this year.

It's Your Business: Kohl's to open new Danville store Wednesday

For new retail openings in East Central Illinois this week, it's hard to get bigger than the opening of the new Kohl's store in Danville.

The 56,000-square-foot store at 3707 N. Vermilion St. has a ribbon-cutting at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, followed by the official opening at 8 a.m.

Comcast boosting speeds of its Internet plans for free

CHICAGO — Comcast will increase the speeds of its Blast and Extreme 50 Internet plans in March for no additional cost, the company announced Tuesday.

The Blast plan will increase its maximum download speed from 25 Mbps to 50 Mbps and its maximum upload speed from 4 Mbps to 10 Mbps.

CEO of eBay notes major changes ahead for retailers

CHAMPAIGN — Retailers can expect to encounter changes in the next few years as massive as those experienced recently by the newspaper and movie industries, eBay CEO John Donahoe said.

"There will be more change in how consumers shop and pay in the next three years than in the last 20," Donahoe told an overflow crowd of students at the University of Illinois on Tuesday.

Supervalu leaders outline strategy for business

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu's new leaders unveiled their vision for a smaller, more efficient company during a presentation to lenders last week.

The company, which recently announced plans to sell off several retail brands — including its Albertson's, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Shaw's and Star Market stores — said it's keeping its strongest brands and planning several cost-saving moves.

Ruler Foods to add Urbana location this summer

URBANA — Ruler Foods is expected to open a grocery store in the former Jerry's IGA space on Philo Road this summer, The News-Gazette has learned.

It would be the third such Ruler Foods store planned for East Central Illinois. The discount food chain, which is affiliated with Kroger, has already made arrangements to open stores in Danville and Champaign.

C-U centers to remain part of Supervalu

URBANA — Supervalu's distribution centers in Champaign-Urbana will continue to be part of the company, but Supervalu itself will be overhauled as a result of massive changes announced Thursday.

The Minneapolis-based grocery retailer and wholesaler has agreed to sell Jewel-Osco and four other retail chains to an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management for $3.3 billion.

Job fair for Danville store's 105 positions starts Saturday

DANVILLE — Kohl's officials are still filling slots for a five-day job fair that starts Saturday and runs through Wednesday.

District Manager Stan Kirchgessner said the company has about 105 positions to fill before the Danville store at 3707 N. Vermilion St. opens in March. He said most of the jobs are part-time.