The word on the street is that the former Sonic restaurant in Swansea is being renovated to house a title loan business. Wrisinger-King Franchise Group of Blue Springs, Mo., closed the fast-food spot at 4505 N. Illinois St. two years ago after citing poor performance there.
A Belleville bakery is closed. Who Made The Cake? at 6611 W. Main St. has shut its doors. The bakery for custom-made cakes and treats opened in April 2011.
Kmart in Fairview Heights might be closing in about four weeks. An employee at the store on the northwest corner of Illinois 159 and Lincoln Trail said Dec. 16 has been mentioned as a possible last day of business. The store is currently liquidating and about half the store space and shelving in the 113,127-square-foot store at 6525 N. Illinois St. is empty. In September, the retailer announced that it was not renewing its lease. In October, redevelopment plans at the shopping center were announced and revealed plans to demolish the retail strip and begin construction of a new one by early next year.
Plans call for demolishing the retail space from the existing Office Max on the south end all the way north to the space next to Petco. The new shopping center would be renamed Fairview City Centre. Both Petco and Office Max would remain as tenants, and sporting goods retailer Sports Authority, which is currently operating in Fairview Heights Plaza, will relocate to the new shopping center.
A women's-only health club opened in O'Fallon. Fabulous Fitness opened for business at 1400 S. Lincoln Ave., where owner Cindy Williams provide yoga and Zumba classes as well as a 30-minute circuit workout. Call her at 624-6475 to find out more.
Eckert's opened its Christmas tree lots in Belleville and Millstadt and will soon open cut-your-own Christmas trees. The tree lots at 951 S. Green Mount Road in Belleville and 2719 Eckert Orchard Lane in Millstadt are open and, by Friday, Eckert's will provide the saws so you can come pick out and cut down your own tree. Call 233-0513 to find out more.
And finally, Fun Spot Skating Center in Belleville celebrates its 44th birthday with a "Family Fun Skate" on Wednesday. That night, from 7 to 10 p.m., admission is $6 plus $2 for skate rental, if needed. For more information, call 234-4502.
Contact reporter Will Buss at email@example.com or 239-2526.