A new sporting goods store has opened its doors in Belleville.
The newest Hibbett Sporting Goods store is at 2525 Green Mount Commons Drive in Belleville and employs approximately eight full- and part-time workers.
Hibbett Sporting Goods has 800 stores including one at Belleville Crossing in Belleville, as well as other metro-east locations in Edwardsville, Granite City, Troy and Waterloo.
LagoonaMagoo Toys at 6308 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights is closing. According to a recent letter from the owners, who also own Once Upon a Toy at 2460 Troy Road in Edwardsville, the Fairview Heights toy store was not profitable enough to remain open. Since last week, both toy stores have discounted prices. You can call the Fairview Heights store at 628-9279 and the Edwardsville store at 656-9596. The owners have recently opened a new toy store, also named LagoonaMagoo Toys, across the river at 8107 Maryland Ave. in Clayton, Mo.
According to its website, Chick-fil-A will open its newest restaurant in Belleville on Jan. 10. Construction of this new eatery is nearing completion at Green Mount Commons on Carlyle Road. The chicken sandwich restaurant chain built and opened another restaurant last August in Fairview Heights. You can also find Chick-fil-A in the Food Court at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights and inside the University Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
A popcorn retailer has popped up in O'Fallon. Pop-U-Lure Popcorn & More at 210 Hartman Lane has 200 difference recipes, of which 15 are popped fresh daily in store. The popcorn place is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays. Call 715-8108 or go online to www.pop-u-lure.com to find out more.
Mid-West Title Loans has opened at the former Sonic restaurant in Swansea. Mid-West provides cash loans for car titles. Two years ago, Wrisinger-King Franchise Group of Blue Springs, Mo. closed the fast-food spot at 4505 N. Illinois St. after citing poor performance there. You can call the new business there at 767-6344.
The new owner of the Lory Theater in Highland anticipates reopening the movie cinema before the end of the month. Justin and Hillary McLaughlin have purchased almost century-old theater at 810 Main St. and are renovating the property. Stay tuned.
Troy dentist Richard Boatman has expanded his practice into a new business that provides dental implants. Boatman has opened Gateway Mini-Dental Implants in the same building as his Troy Family Dental at 606 Edwardsville Road. You can reach the new business at 1-800-NEW-GRIN and the dental practice at 667-8020.
A Belleville apartment and housing rental business has moved its office. Reside Here now resides at 1528 Lebanon Ave., about a quarter of a mile from its former office. You can still reach them at the same number: 235-8400.
And finally, Kmart in Fairview Heights closed its doors after business on Sunday. The 113,127-square-foot store at 6525 N. Illinois St., on the northwest corner of Illinois 159 and Lincoln Trail, is leaving the shopping center. In September, the retailer announced that it was not renewing its lease and in October, redevelopment plans at the shopping center were announced. Plans calls for demolishing all of 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 and have six new store spaces ranging in size from 13,000 square feet to 45,000 square feet. Both Petco and Office Max would remain as tenants, and Office Max will move to a northern store within the new shopping center. Current tenant King's Beauty/Solomon Trading plans to leave the shopping center and move to Market Plaza, also in Fairview Heights. Sporting goods retailer Sports Authority, which is currently operating in Fairview Heights Plaza, has plans to relocate to the new shopping center. The remaining three spaces will be marketed.
Contact reporter Will Buss at email@example.com or 239-2526.