The latest on the businesses that will replace the demolished Kmart store in Fairview Heights:
A retail redevelopment in Fairview Heights that will officially break ground later this week will include an organic grocery store.
The new store's name will be announced during a ground breaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday where the Fairview City Centre will be built. The new $32 million project will be near the northwest corner of North Illinois Street and Lincoln Trail, where Kmart and other neighboring stores were closed and recently demolished. Tenants of Fairview City Centre will include the pre-existing Petco and Office Max stores, and sporting goods retailer Sports Authority plans to relocate to the new shopping center.
Dennis Keck extended the hours at his Millstadt barbecue restaurant. Smokin' K's Barbecue & More at 5148 E. Washington St. opened last month and is now open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. You can also park in the back and enter through the red door. Keck, who operates his Keck Jewelers jewelry store next door, is also a competitive barbecuer whose barbecue team 4 Smokin' Butts has taken home many top prize from national competition. You can call his restaurant at 476-1777.
The folks from Robust Wine Bar in St. Louis and Webster Groves, Mo. say they could be opening their first metro-east locale as soon as Aug. 17. The wine bar plans to open at the former Erato On Main, a former wine bar at 126 E. Main St. in Edwardsville. Robust opened its first locale at 227 W. Lockwood Ave. in Webster Groves in September 2007 and the second opened last December at 635 Washington Ave. in downtown St. Louis. In the meantime, you can find out more online at www.robustwinebar.com.
A new auto detailing business opened a shop on Illinois 159 in Swansea. You can find Dave's Auto Service at 1209 N. Illinois St. or call 792-6336 to find out more.
John Deppen opened his third metro-east hair salon. Deppen, who owns and operates City Buzz Barber Salon at 501 S. Long St. in Caseyville and 3657 Nameoki Road in Granite City, purchased The Hair Co. at 1990 Troy Road in Edwardsville. He has renamed the Edwardsville salon City Buzz Barber Salon. You can call the new salon at 444-9285.
And finally, O'Fallon commercial real estate developer Darrell Shelton completed a 340-mile kayak race last month in Missouri. Shelton finished 79th out of 274 participants in the Missouri 340, a race along the Missouri River that begins in Kansas City and ends in St. Charles, Mo. from July 23 to July 26. Shelton took 58 hours and 40 minutes to complete the race. He averaged almost 4.6 miles per hour while paddling his kayak.
Contact reporter Will Buss at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-2526.