UI release: Pork producers should see profit in 2013
URBANA — Pork producers, who have been losing money as a result of high feed prices, should see some relief mid-year, a Purdue University Extension economist said.
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.
DACC hires Bayard. Patrick Bayard has been named director of grants and planning at Danville Area Community College.
He was previously an adjunct professor in public administration and a program manager at Illinois Institute of Technology.
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.
DANVILLE — Village Mall officials are hoping to announce new retailers coming to the indoor shopping center in the first quarter of the new year, but it's not the only property along the North Vermilion Street corridor entertaining new development opportunities as 2012 comes to a close.
CAMARGO — After almost seven decades of selling groceries and sundry items, Thompson's Grocery Store in Camargo is adding a new product: liquor.
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 — Fighting Illini fans were hoping first-year head football coach Tim Beckman could bring more wins to Memorial Stadium.
Local businesses were hoping he could bring more people to Champaign County.