Former Fairview Heights Kmart, shopping center coming down soon

June 10, 2013 

The former Kmart and some of the adjacent space at a Fairview Heights shopping center will be demolished as soon as this week to clear space for new retail center.

Most of the shopping center, located near the northwest corner of North Illinois Street and Lincoln Trail, will be torn down. Kmart closed its doors there in December. Plans calls for demolishing all of the retail space from the existing Office Max store on the south end all the way north to the space next to Petco. The new $32.4 million shopping center to be built in its place, to be known as Fairview City Centre, is expected to open by 2016.

Both Petco and Office Max would remain as tenants, and Office Max will move to a northern store within the new shopping center. Petco's existing space will remain and become part of the new shopping center. 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 are being marketed. Taco Bell, Ruby Tuesday and Boston Market will continue to occupy the outlots in front of the shopping center.

In Belleville, Silver Creek Saloon & Grill is building a new pavilion. The new outdoor venue at 2520 Mascoutah Ave., near the intersection of North Green Mount Road, will include an outdoor bar and is expected to open by this weekend. Call 416-6337 or visit to find out more.

An Edwardsville toy story has a new name and address. Once Upon A Toy has been renamed Happy Up and has moved to Edwardsville Crossing after years at 2460 Troy Road. You can now find the toy store at 6654-A Edwardsville Crossing Drive. The phone number is the same: 656-9596. Owned by Happy Up Inc., the business also has store a in Clayton, Mo. and owned the former LagoonaMagoo Toys in Fairview Heights, which closed last December. The Edwardsville toy store was facing closure last spring before an Internet-based campaign helped raise enough money to keep the business open.

Buffet City at 124 S. Buchanan St. in Edwardsville has apparently closed. The phone number there has been disconnected.

A new fitness center that specializes in yoga and meditation has opened in Belleville. Co-owner Lissa Stallings-Boone and Nicole Shanks have opened Surya Rakta Wellness at 631 Mascoutah Ave. You can call them at 979-4225 or go online to to learn more.

New gas pumps should be in place by now at one Swansea gas station. The pumps at the Phillips 66 at 2400 N. Illinois St. were dug out last week and were being replaced. St. Louis-based Midwest Petroleum owns the station and reported that the new pumps should be up and pumping by now.

And finally, local lawn equipment supplier Rural King Supply of Swansea and Highland has earned the Summit Club award for 2012 from the Toro Co. This annual award is presented to Toro dealers achieving outstanding sales. You can find these store at 2801 N. Illinois St. in Swansea and 12531 Sportsman Road in Highland. For more information, call 365-0800 in Swansea or 654-5360 in Highland or go online to

Contact reporter Will Buss at or 239-2526.

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