Metro-East News

Rocket Fizz launching first metro-east store

A soda, candy and gag gift chain is opening its first metro-east store this week in Fairview Heights.

Rusty and Shirley Jones are launching Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop at 5915 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights, located in the same plaza and next door to the St. Louis Bread Co.

Rocket Fizz has dozens of stores in 18 states, including one across the river in University City, Mo., and plans to open 25 more across the country.

You can call the new Fairview Heights store at 618-641-9500.

A discount appliance chain will soon open its first location in the metro-east. Appliance Discounters, a family-owned discount, factory-direct appliance retailer, based in Webster Groves, Mo., has signed a lease on a 10,355 square-foot space at 6104 N. Illinois St., in the same plaza that also houses The Bedroom Store and Cherry Berry Yogurt. Tim Johnston, vice president of NAI Desco in O’Fallon, said the new store is anticipated to open sometime this fall. The chain also has stores across the river in Webster Groves, Mo; Arnold, Mo.; St. Charles, Mo.; and Ballwin, Mo.

St. Louis residents want to see a ride-booking service and app enter the local metropolitan area. A new survey of St. Louis residents reveals that most would like to see UberX, a ride-booking app, enter the local market. Uber was launched five years ago and connects riders and drivers in many major metropolitan areas across the country, except for a few, like St. Louis. UberX is the company’s low-cost option for driver-partners who use their private cars to give rides in their spare time. Each ride is covered with a $1 million dollar commercial liability policy, and every driver is screened.

And finally, gas prices in the St. Louis metropolitan area increased at a higher rate last week than the national average. According to the online gasoline price tracker, the average retail gasoline prices in St. Louis rose 6.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.70 per gallon, compared to the national average increase of 0.4 cents per gallon in that same span. However, the St. Louis region’s average price remains lower at $2.70 per gallon compared to the $2.76-a-gallon national average.

Contact reporter Will Buss at or 618-239-2526.