Dollar General considers store in Philo

PHILO — Dollar General is considering building a store on North Lincoln Street in the southern Champaign County town of Philo.

"We are actually in the due diligence stage, but we haven't committed to doing so quite yet," said Crystal Ghassemi, public relations manager for the company.

It's Your Business: Success leads to commercial site for guitar service shop

Hector Trevino's home-based business — a guitar repair and servicing shop — has done so well that it has moved to a commercial location in Urbana.

The Guitar Workshop opened at 1007 N. Cunningham Ave., Suite B — next to McCallister Audio — a few weeks ago.

It's Your Business: Work starts soon after changes in Latitude

Work is expected to get underway soon on the Latitude apartment development on University Avenue in Champaign.

As you may recall, Latitude will consist of two six-story buildings lining the north side of University Avenue between Fifth and Wright streets.

After husband's death, Shelby 'decided I wouldn't let it get too hard'

Long before she became one of the region's biggest car dealers, Jennifer Shelby hawked Thin Mints and Do-si-dos door to door in Champaign.

"When you are that young, it can be nerve-wracking to go do a sales pitch," says the ex-Brownie turned Girl Scout. "But if you can do it, it really is a good growing experience. If you can sell cookies, you can sell cars."

New owners ahead for Urbana auto dealer

URBANA — O'Brien Auto Park in Urbana could get a new owner by Sept. 1 of this year.

Jim Turner, president of the company, said he and majority owner Joe O'Brien have signed a letter of intent to sell the enterprise to the Ed Napleton Automotive Group.

It's Your Business: Couple to open mart specializing in African foods

When Memoire Budimbu Mabiza and Lisette Mbaki learned that Chang's Oriental Mart in Champaign would close this spring, they were sad — but also saw an opportunity.

The Congolese couple said many local African immigrants, including themselves, relied on Chang's for traditional African food staples.

Some wondered, "What food are we going to eat?" Mbaki said.

It's Your Business: Heel to Toe expanding

Heel to Toe is proceeding with its expansion in downtown Urbana, with plans for retooling one of its three stores there and adding a fourth.

The three stores already there include:

— Heel to Toe at 106 W. Main St.

— Birkenstock Concepts at 104 W. Main St.

— New Balance at 108 W. Main St.

Common Ground considered several locations

CHAMPAIGN — Common Ground Food Co-Op considered spaces in south Champaign, west Champaign — and even other spaces downtown — before deciding on the former Sullivan Chevrolet building.

Updated: Food co-op to bring jobs, local foods to downtown Champaign

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CHAMPAIGN — Common Ground Food Co-Op hopes to open a new store in downtown Champaign in early 2016, the cooperative announced Thursday.

Field & Stream: C-U adventure venture

CHAMPAIGN — Folks who like to get close to wild animals that are no longer wild — or alive, for that matter — should be thrilled with the Field & Stream Shop slated to open at Market Place Shopping Center this fall.