A sandwich shop was revealed as the first tenant in a Collinsville strip center that will be built near a planned Walmart Neighborhood Market.
According to NAI Desco Vice President Tim Johnston, a Firehouse Subs will occupy the westernmost suite in a 9,570-square-foot building that will be built at 1095 Beltline Road. It would be the third Firehouse location in the metro-east. The others are in Fairview Heights and Granite City.
Johnston said another tenant is under contract for a suite in the center but couldn’t yet say who it was. The building will be ready for use this fall. The Walmart Neighborhood Market will be built at 1101 Beltline Road after the existing building there — it once was a Kmart — is demolished.
The Walmart and the strip center straddle the northern corners of the intersection of Beltline Road and Keebler Road. According to NAI Desco, the intersection sees a high volume of traffic: 20,100 cars per day along Beltline and 9,200 cars per day along Keebler.
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Rendering shows Prairie Farms headquarters
A rendering provided by the Barber Murphy Group reveals what Prairie Farms’ new corporate headquarters will look like.
Plocher Construction is the contractor for the planned three-story, 30,000-square-foot building in the Edwardsville Corporate Center along Illinois 143 just east of I-55.
The building will cost $9 million to build.
Between 80 and 100 employees will work in the new headquarters. It’s not clear when construction will start or when the building will open.
Prairie Farms’ current headquarters are in Carlinville.
Metro-east: Trampoline park capital?
The metro-east is fast becoming a trampoline park magnet.
Sky Zone plans to open a metro-east location inside the former Hobby Lobby at Crossroads Centre in Fairview Heights. It would be the third SkyZone in the region but the first in the metro-east. Other locations are in Chesterfield and Fenton, Mo.
Meanwhile, the long-awaited Altitude trampoline park, located in a sparkling new building off Illinois 157 in Glen Carbon, officially opened for business last week.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be open,” Altitude operations manager Alex Boker said. “Edwardsville and Glen Carbon are a prime spot for this.”
And speaking of the former Hobby Lobby building in Fairview Heights, Sky Zone won’t be the only tenant inside. According to Fairview Heights economic development director Mike Malloy, a still-unnamed grocery chain will occupy the rest of the space.
Shiloh business becomes newest U-Haul dealer
4 Pines Storage Solutions in Shiloh has expanded to become a neighborhood U-Haul dealer.
Located at 3211 Four Pines Lane, the business offers U-Haul trucks, trailers, equipment, pre-tow inspections and U-Box warehousing.
Hours of operation for renting the equipment are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 4 Pines can be reached at 618-236-1644.
Data show region added jobs over last year
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show 25,500 more jobs were added to payrolls in the St. Louis region between May 2015 and May 2016, a 1.9-percent jump.
The unemployment rate in the region was 4.2 percent this May, besting the national rate of 4.5 percent.
The biggest increase came from the professional and business services sector, which added 9,700 jobs over the year.
Sectors that lost jobs over the span included manufacturing — 2,200 jobs lost — and information — 1,000 jobs lost.