A number of stores have recently left Belleville Crossing, but the property owner has others interested in these vacancies.
Payless Shoe Source has left, Verizon left the Belleville shopping center around Christmas, Mattress Giant in March and now Keck Jewelers anticipates leaving for a new spot sometime this month. St. Louis property developer The DESCO Group opened Belleville Crossing in 2007 and sold the retail property to Phoenix-based The ArciTerra Group in August 2011.
The ArciTerra Group owner Jon Larmore said Payless Shoe Source's closing came over a year ago as the shoe retailer announced it was closing 400 stores nationwide. Larmore said Mattress Firm bought out Mattress Giant last year and moved from the shopping center after the acquisition.
He also said he is working with a retailer interested in occupying a 7,200-square-foot space at Belleville Crossing and a pizza-concept business that is also asking about space there.
A Fairview Heights restaurant has closed after just a few months. Cupids SteakHouse has gone out of business 5225 N Illinois St. The restaurant opened last October, but after six months, the owners have recently removed the furniture inside and cleared out the dining room. Co-owner Adam Bieri said he and his partners were hoping for more business, but it never happened.
"We weren't as busy as we wanted to be," Bieri said. "We were hoping to fill it up, but it wasn't filling up like we had hoped. It just wasn't worth the time and effort doing, but we had a lot of fun and a great time doing and we will always remember it fondly."
Paragon Certified Restoration is a full-service home restoration service that has opened its first metro-east office in Swansea. The Chesterfield, Mo.-based business provides repairs to homes that have fire, smoke and water damage. Its new locale is at 2000 N. Illinois St. To find out more, call 636-728-0580 or go online to www.paragonstl.com.
And finally, Fairview Heights construction-management firm Impact Strategies has completed another years by keeping its perfect safety record in tact. The company has just announced that it has achieved its tenth consecutive accident-free year --a total of 21,446 man-hours in 2012 without incident. The firm prides itself for constantly trains its workers in safety awareness. Company president Mark Hinrichs, who founded the firm in 2002, said the company's main concern has and always will be that its employees go home safely to their families at the end of each day.
"Ten consecutive years of accident-free job sites is, undoubtedly, the result of the efforts put forth by our employees and subcontractors to ensure every job is done in the safest way possible," Hinrichs said.
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