Retailers vary on opening for Thanksgiving

CHAMPAIGN — Many of the nation's biggest retailers will open their doors at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. But a few stores will open early that morning, while others plan to treat Thanksgiving as a holiday and wait till Friday to open.

Will you or won't you shop early?

Thanksgiving comes but once a year, but before the day is even finished, many of us have moved on to Christmas.

The pilgrims would turn over in their graves.

Toys worth tossing: all the noise, noise noise!

Judging by the Christmas trees I saw at Target on Halloween — or maybe it was Fourth of July? — the holiday shopping season has begun.

I have just one question: What mouth-breathing nonparent invented the toy called “Bop-it”?

It's Your Business: Clothing stores combining at Market Place

Customers of Christopher & Banks and CJ Banks at Champaign's Market Place Shopping Center can look for a new combined store later this week.

The new store will be located between Complete Nutrition and J. Jill in the mall's Courtyard by Marketplace wing, said Angel Jones, who will be manager of the combined store. The new space was once the location of Coldwater Creek.

It's Your Business: Burger King franchisee adds 12 stores

The Burger King franchise in the Champaign-Urbana and Danville area is becoming a Whopper.

Maruti Seth, president of the Danville-based Group 2029 franchise, started out with three stores in Danville 11 years ago.

He gradually expanded to nine stores, adding two locations in Champaign and one each in Urbana, Savoy, Rantoul and Tuscola.

CU-CitizenAccess: Complaints about restaurants up 30 percent this year

Clumps of hair at the bottom of coffee cups and green slime leaking out of meat sandwiches were among the more extreme examples of complaints filed by customers and restaurant employees against food establishments this year.

It's Your Business: New Entry of Entrees

Miga restaurant in downtown Champaign offers modern American cuisine with Asian touch

Miga, the newest restaurant to open in downtown Champaign, eventually plans to offer karaoke and lunch — but for now, it's concentrating on dinner and late-night drinks.

Last of area Sears stores vacating East Central Illinois

DANVILLE — Like its bulky catalogs that made postal workers wince, the Sears that shoppers have come to know will soon be a distant memory in East Central Illinois.

The beleaguered retail company confirmed Thursday it will close its Danville and Decatur locations in late December — less than a year after shutting down its Champaign store.

Danville Sears store to close

DANVILLE -- The Sears store that helps anchor the Village Mall in Danville will close in early December, according to the retailer’s corporate officials.

Until then, the Sears store and Sears Auto Center will remain open for customers and begin a liquidation sale on Sept. 26.

Tom Kacich: Lincoln Square turns 50

What does Lincoln Square need for attendance to pick up? Tell Tom your idea here

For a brief period — no more than 15 years — Lincoln Square was the place be.