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O’Fallon hotel changes name; new ice cream location planned in Belleville

Pirtle's Famous Ice Cream is coming to Belleville

Meet Scot Pirtle, the manager of Pirtle's Famous Ice Cream in Belleville. The shop will open in June.
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Meet Scot Pirtle, the manager of Pirtle's Famous Ice Cream in Belleville. The shop will open in June.

The Days Inn in O’Fallon is under new management and has a new name.

The hotel, at 1320 Park Plaza Drive, will now be known as the WOW Hotel.

Alton KG Management LLC is the new operator of the hotel, which is owned by Sungmin Park of Sacramento, Calif.

Upgrades are planned at the hotel.

“We will be renovating very soon,” Jacinda Dunlap, director of sales and marketing, said. “All the rooms will be getting new furniture and new mattresses. New everything, top-to-bottom, side-to-side, and everything in between.”

Pirtle’s Ice Cream Shop plans new location

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Scot Pirtle stands with his daughter Kamryn Pirtle, center, and sister Stephanie Pirtle-Watts. The family plans to open a ice cream shop near Belleville East High School in June. Cara Anthony

Pirtle’s Ice Cream Shop plans to open a new location in Belleville.

The business, which has been in East St. Louis for more than 50 years, plans to open a second location.

Scot Pirtle and his sister, Stephanie Pirtle-Watts, plan to open the ice cream shop in early June at 1040 Carlyle Ave. in Belleville.

Pirtle’s Famous Ice Cream will offer more than 20 flavors.

Pirtle’s Variety Store, located at 2500 Ridge Ave. in East St. Louis, will remain open.

New super Walmart planned

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A new Walmart Supercenter is planned along Illinois 15 and 74th Street in Belleville. Jae C. Hong - AP

A Walmart Supercenter is being planned for the intersection of South 74th Street and Illinois 15 in Belleville.

The proposed Walmart development, which is in the shadows of the Kmart at 7230 Westfield Plaza, would include a gas station and one other retail outlot on 32 acres in the northwest quadrant of the 74th Street and Illinois 15 intersection.

The store would be 195,000 square feet if and when it’s ultimately constructed. The gas station would have a 1,500-square-foot convenience store.

Project engineer John Schebaum said he did not have information on when construction could begin, but he said the permitting process will probably take at least until the fall.

Unlike the Walmart Supercenter off Carlyle Avenue, the developers of this Walmart have not asked for tax incentives from the city.

New administrator named at assisted living facility

Parkway Gardens, an assisted living facility in Fairview Heights, recently named Tonya Freeman as its administrator, according to a news release.

“I am very pleased about this new opportunity,” Freeman said. “My healthcare career has involved me working extensively in skilled nursing, assisted living, and independent living centers.”

Freeman, a Dupo resident, has a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University and an associate’s degree in physical therapy. She has worked in the healthcare industry for more than 24 years, the news release said.

According to a news release, Freeman has worked with therapy and nursing professionals to provide training and development of “whole” person patient centered wellness and therapy programming. During the past five years, she has developed and presented at various conferences in Missouri and Illinois on several topics, including dementia care and maximizing functional abilities for seniors.

Parkway Gardens and the Arbors at Parkway are at 379 Fountains Parkway in Fairview Heights. The two-building campus consists of a 28-unit assisted living center and a separate, 16-unit memory care community.

Reporters Cara Anthony, Mike Koziatek and Robyn Kirsch contributed to this article.