Two more Blockbuster video rental stores will soon be closing their doors in the metro-east.
An assistant manager from the store at 105 Regency Park Drive in O'Fallon could be closing within the next two months. An employee at the Glen Carbon store at 3024 S. Illinois 159, confirmed that store would be closing soon, but would not confirm when.
Blockbuster filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2011, and satellite-TV provider Dish Network Corp. purchased the company. The video rental chain has since shuttered a number of metro-east locations in Belleville, Fairview Heights, Collinsville and Granite City.
According to Blockbuster's website, with these two closings, that leaves the Blockbuster at 4414 W. Center Drive in Alton as the video rental chain's only store to remain open in the metro-east.
Jan's Hallmark closed a store in O'Fallon. The greeting card shop at 200 Southview Plaza went out of business late last week. The local Hallmark chain still operates a number of other metro-east stores in Belleville, Swansea, Shiloh, Columbia, Collinsville, Edwardsville and Granite City.
Weber Chevrolet recently completed construction of a new showroom in Granite City. The Chamber of Commerce Southwestern Madison County will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Wednesday at 3499 Progress Parkway. You can still reach the dealership at 451-7913.
Anytime Fitness will soon open a new location in Edwardsville. The chain of 24-hour fitness centers plans to open its doors at 233 Harvard Drive by this week.
As the giant banner outside Office Max in Fairview Heights implies the office supply store is "still open" ... for the time being. Although neighbor Kmart and a number of other stores along the shopping strip at Illinois 159 and Lincoln Trail have closed, Office Max, at the far south end, and Petco, at the far north end, will remain open. Office Max is expected to close later this year when the shopping center is demolished, but the Petco building will remain standing. A retail redevelopment to be built in its place, to be known as Fairview City Centre, will include Office Max and a new home for Sports Authority. Fairview Heights Economic Development Director Mike Malloy said demolition is tentatively scheduled for sometime this spring.
And finally, the founder of a worldwide consulting business that focuses on hiring former fighter pilots and elite military professionals says he is looking to set up a new franchise in greater St. Louis. Jim Murphy is the founder and chief executive officer of Afterburner, which teaches companies how to be more efficient through a series of seminars, speaking engagements and consultations. The company also provides clients with software in applying Afterburner's Flawless Execution model. Murphy founded the company 17 years ago and has trained clients from 23 countries, Fortune 500 companies and five NFL teams, including the St. Louis Rams. For more information, visit network.afterburner.com.
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