Deep discount store to open in Fairview Heights

April 7, 2014 


The folks who brought you the former Grandpa Pigeon's and current Deals Nothing Over A Dollar are bringing another retailer to Fairview Heights.

Tom Hollie and Rick Meyer, who operated the former Grandpa Pigeon's stores, have partnered with former Save A Lot Chief Executive Officer Bill Shaner, who also opened the Deals Nothing Over A Dollar stores, which also operates in Fairview Heights. Together they have created Here Today, a deep discount store, and opened the first in Florissant, Mo.

The second is coming this summer to Lincoln Place in Fairview Heights. The business will reoccupy the 20,760-square-foot space at 5905 N. Illinois St., which Office Depot had occupied until last November. The business anticipates creating 25 to 30 jobs and could open by July.

A new barbecue eatery is up and grilling in downtown Belleville. Righteous Pig BBQ at 124 East Main St. is now open 10:30 a.m. to "4:30-ish" p.m. on Thursday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Owner Scott Muir said he plans to expand his hours to Tuesday through Saturday by next month.

Muir's menu includes barbecued pulled pork, brisket, turkey, ribs, smoked yellow fin tuna and specials like smoked bison meatloaf sandwiches. The garlic pickles are also made in house.

The restaurateur brings 25 years of experience and cooks his meats fresh every day. Call him at 618-520-8817 to find out more.

Lisa and Atis Khan have opened their fourth Penn Station East Coast Subs in the metro-east. The latest one opened for business last week at 651 Carlyle Ave. in East Belleville. The couple also own and operate Penn Stations in O'Fallon, Collinsville and Edwardsville. The number at the Belleville restaurant is 618-277-7786.

Papa Murphy's is coming to Swansea. The world's largest "take 'n bake" chain has been selling pre-made frozen pizzas since 1981 and now has more than 1,425 locations in 38 states, Canada and United Arab Emirates. Its next store will open soon at Swansea Plaza on North Illinois Street. Stay tuned.

A branch of First Collinsville Bank has opened a contract postal unit in house. The bank at 800 Belt Line Road in Collinsville now sells stamps and provides certified mail, express deliveries, priority mail and more. Call 618-346-9000 for more information.

A new day care center is coming to Belleville. Little Explorers Learning Academy has announced a new locale at 5801 Mt. Pleasant Lane is scheduled to open on June 2. Call 618-558-0332 to learn more.

According to a sign posted at Cartridge World at Green Mount Crossing in Shiloh, the store has closed. The printer cartridge retailer had operated at 3630 Green Mount Crossing.

And finally, a metro-east law firm has been renamed. The Blake Law Group PC has changed its name to Blake Behme Law Group PC. The law firm was established in 1983 and has offices in Belleville, Edwardsville, Columbia, Carbondale, Columbia and Effingham.

Contact reporter Will Buss at or 239-2526.

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