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Retail Roundup: Expansion planned for popular restaurant and brewery in Belleville

Outdoor improvements coming to Belleville brewery

4204 Main Street Brewing Co. owner Todd Kennedy explains his vision for an outdoor activity space planned for the area behind the brewery in Belleville's west end. He hopes to complete the project in time for the 4th Annual Belleville Ale Fest in
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4204 Main Street Brewing Co. owner Todd Kennedy explains his vision for an outdoor activity space planned for the area behind the brewery in Belleville's west end. He hopes to complete the project in time for the 4th Annual Belleville Ale Fest in

It just looks like a lot of dirt now, but 4204 Main Street Brewing Co. owner Todd Kennedy has big plans for space behind his Belleville brewery.

Expect to see a pavilion with a fire place, plenty of outdoor seating, fire pits, space for yard games like bean bags and bocce and even a new beer garden that will be built off the building’s current patio seating area.

Kennedy said the labor will be done in house. Weather permitting, work on the project’s first phase could start this week. Kennedy expects the project to be complete by the time the brewery hosts the 4th Annual Belleville Ale Fest on April 23.

“I guarantee it’ll be the place to be,” Kennedy said.

The other place to be could be Friday’s South at 106 E. Main St. in Collinsville.

Owners Rob Juelfs and Jason Kent confirmed an outdoor patio is planned for space behind the building. Juelfs wouldn’t give away any specifics, but he said the plan “is to do some pretty unique things” with the space. He hopes to see it completed by May or June.

Gamez Unleashed disappears

You’ll have to find somewhere else to buy or trade video games; Gamez Unleashed, which operated at 3030 Frank Scott Parkway West in Belleville, has closed.

It’s not clear why, either. Phone lines for both the Belleville locale and the franchise’s mothership store in St. Louis were disconnected.

What is clear is what’s next for that Belleville site: A video gaming parlor. Phil Thebeau, co-owner of the company planning to operate the business, confirmed a Ruby’s parlor will open soon.

He said parlors also are planned for Swansea, Fairview Heights, Alton and Waterloo as part of a wider expansion. Stay tuned.

Ammo maker announces layoffs

The years-long relocation of Winchester ammunition manufacturing operations strikes again as 27 employees at the company’s East Alton plant will be out of a job by Tuesday.

“The job reductions... are part of the relocation of Winchester’s Centerfire operations to Oxford, Mississippi. Those job reductions were announced more than five years ago in November 2010,” said Ted Zimmermann, vice president of human resources for Olin Corporation’s Winchester division. Olin is Winchester’s parent company with executive offices in Clayton, Mo.

SSM opens new site in Shiloh

SSM Health on Feb. 18 cut the ribbon to a new site in Shiloh that houses maternal and fetal care clinics in the same building as pediatric services.

“Over the years, we have seen a steady increase in referrals for high risk pregnancy care from this area. We felt that these patients would be better served by offering care closer to home,” said Donna Bernard, director of maternal services at SSM Health.

SLUCare physicians will manage the fetal and maternal care at the site while pediatrician Scott Keller and nurse practitioner Lindsay Brefeld will care for patients from birth to age 18.

The new facility is located at 1191 Fortune Boulevard.

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