A women's clothing retailer with stores in the metro-east will be closing its doors next year.
Suffern, N.Y.-based Ascena Retail Group has completed an $890 million acquisition of Charming Shoppes, which is headquartered in the Philadelphia suburb of Bensalem, Pa. The move includes shuttering all of the former owner's Fashion Bug stores by early next year. According to the new owners, the chain of about 300 stores has been struggling for business and does not fit into the comapny's future plans.
Fashion Bug has stores at 656 Carlyle Ave. in Belleville, 2637 N. Illinois St. in Swansea, 1112 Collinsville Crossing in Collinsville, 3801 Nameoki Road in Granite City, 626 Wesley Road in Wood River and 941 Illinois 3 in Waterloo.
Construction is under way where a Belleville coffee shop plans to relocate. Management from The Abbey anticipates moving into the new spot at 5801 W. Main St. by Dec. 1. The Abbey has been pouring coffee as well as serving a menu of sandwiches, salads and desserts down the street in The Arcades Centre at 6500 W. Main St. in Belleville since 2001. Call 398-3176 to find out more.
A new dollar retail store has set up a shop in Belleville. Dollar Seals World opened last week at the Country Club Plaza shopping center, located near Schnucks, at 5720 North Belt West, Suite 24. Call 257-0731 for more information.
Maxwell's Restaurant in Belleville will temporarily close next week for interior redecorating and cleaning. The Belleville establishment at 923 W. Main St. will be closed July 2 through July 7 and reopen July 9. Proprietor John Steinlage said new flooring will be installed and a new coat of paint will go on the walls during the week. In the meantime, you can call Maxwell's at 277-4799.
An O'Fallon roofing, siding, gutter and windows retailer has relocated. FM Exteriors has moved to 1710 Corporate Crossing, Suite 2, after operating at 1308 W. U.S. Highway 50 for the past decade. You can still reach FM Exteriors at the same number, 628-1984.
Chiropractor Jennifer Kujawski has opened a new office in Waterloo. Balanced Health Chiropractic & Wellness Center is located at 742 N. Market St., Suite D, will focus on holistic health services including chiropractic, nutritional healing, acupuncture, exercise programs, massage, cold laser, ultrasound and electromuscular stimulation. Call 939-4110 or go online to www.drjenchiropractic.com to learn more.
VAMortgageCenter.com, the nation's leading dedicated provider of Veteran's Affairs home loans to active duty service members and veterans, has announced that it is changing its name to Veterans United Home Loans. The name change will not have any impact on the company's organizational structure or day-to-day operations.
And finally, McDonald's at 6300 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights closed Sunday afternoon so it can be cleared out and demolished to make room for a new one. The new building is expected to break ground on June 27. Local franchise owner Gary Peck, who bought the restaurant in 1994, said the Fairview Heights location opened in 1971 and needs to be updated. Construction is expected to take 90 to 100 days. During construction, the restaurants' 60 employees will be able to work at Peck's five other metro-east McDonald's in O'Fallon, Shiloh, Caseyville and Lebanon.
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