Quick read: Hot retailers in the vicinity - or not

Quick! Which of the nation's hottest retailers are most likely to come to Champaign-Urbana soon?

Based on markets they're already in, the smart money might be on Swedish clothing retailer H&M and The Fresh Market, a gourmet supermarket chain headquartered in Greensboro, N.C.

"Shop local" initiative ongoing in Mahomet

A new initiative in Mahomet seeks to spur residents to shop in the village.

The Mahomet Community Economic Development Commission launched the Shop Where You Love campaign in May.  The program includes a website, yard signs, flyers and scripts for businesses to say thank you to customers after a sale.

Strawberry Fields for sale

URBANA — The Strawberry Fields natural foods store and cafe is for sale, and its 72-year-old owner hopes a local buyer steps in to keep the 40-year-old business growing.

Paxton's Family Dollar closing Aug. 9

PAXTON — The Family Dollar store in Paxton is closing in August as a result of slow sales.

A sign was posted Monday on the front door of the discount store, located at 100 W. Ottawa Road, informing customers of the impending closure.

It's Your Business: Fyx your phone

Brendan Hsu realized many cellphones and computers can be fixed, rather than replaced, when damaged, and he's getting ready to move his repair business, fyxit, to a storefront along Green Street in Campustown.

Within the next week or so, fyxit is expected to open on the first floor of Park Place Tower, 202 E. Green St., C — the former location of Quick Package Pickup.

Rantoul OKs economic development contract with Texas firm

RANTOUL — The village board has voted to approve a $100,000 contract with a Texas retail economic development firm.

Trustee Chad Smith, chairman of the village's economic development advisory board, said the advisory board recommended a three-year contract with Retail Coach of Texas — the last of three firms to make presentations to the board in recent months.

Top of the Morning, June 9, 2014

Two years after a pedestrian mall was built in downtown Champaign, a much larger shopping center opened less than 2 miles away.

One survives.

Market Place Mall opened north of Interstate 74's Neil Street interchange in the spring of 1976.

Not everyone was pleased.

Payback time for detention pond's land

Under deal for site that helped secure stores, city owes $300,000 to nonprofit group

DANVILLE — Two years ago, the city of Danville secured land for a detention pond to ensure that the development of the Meijer, Kohl's and TJ Maxx stores on North Vermilion Street stayed on track.

It's Your Business: Wendy's coming to Neil, Five Points

Wendy's plans to open a new restaurant on South Neil Street in Champaign as part of the Carriage Center redevelopment project.

"We're anticipating an opening in late November," said franchisee Mike Allegro, who already has local stores on Sixth Street in Champaign's Campustown and in the Illini Union.

It's Your Business: Paxton firm starts delivery of pet supplies

A Paxton business has begun offering free delivery of pet food and other pet supplies to customers who live within 30 miles of the store.

Designer Dog Salon has been in Paxton for five years, and owners Justin and Courtney Bouse recently started Designer Dog Delivery to transport the products to customers' homes.

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