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Retail Roundup: Recent Dollar General construction proposals bat .500

The Dollar General store at 105 Eiler Rd. near Belleville was completed last summer. The developer that built that store had plans for two more—one near Belleville on Centreville Avenue and one in Granite City—and while approval is expected for the Centreville Avenue site, the Granite City proposal is dead.
The Dollar General store at 105 Eiler Rd. near Belleville was completed last summer. The developer that built that store had plans for two more—one near Belleville on Centreville Avenue and one in Granite City—and while approval is expected for the Centreville Avenue site, the Granite City proposal is dead. twall@bnd.com

A developer with plans to build two Dollar General stores in the metro-east went 1-for-2 in recent public meetings.

The St. Clair County Zoning Board of Appeals on March 7 recommended the approval of a planned store to be built at 1101 Centreville Ave. near Belleville.

Chesterfield, Mo.-based STL Equities, which also built the Dollar General along Eiler Road near Belleville, is handing development of the planned Centreville Avenue site. The store would be just over 9,000 square feet and cost between $1.1 million and $1.2 million. Construction could begin in April if the full county board approves the plan.

STL Equities also hoped to build a Dollar General in the 4800 block of Maryville Road in Granite City, but that plan was scuttled after a public hearing on the matter was held March 3. Economic Development Director James Amos said everyone who rose to speak at that hearing opposed the proposal. “It was pretty much dead at that point,” Amos said.

Site of popular Belleville restaurant has new tenant

The building at 923 W. Main St. in Belleville been vacant since last spring, but city documents hint that the site that once housed Maxwell’s Restaurant and Flamingo’s Restaurant will again be open.

The agenda for the Belleville Zoning Board of Appeals’ March 24 meeting indicates the board will consider a liquor license for Julie Laswell Darnall, listed as the owner of The Red Onion.

Darnall couldn’t be reached for comment and no one working in the building last week would comment on what’s in store.

Stay tuned.

Glik’s expands

The upscale clothing store Glik’s, located at 124 S. Buchanan St. in Edwardsville’s Park Plaza, has expanded and celebrated its grand reopening Wednesday.

A store statement said the expansion more than doubled the original floor space in the store. Because there’s more room, there’s more selection.

Also added as part of the expansion was an Alex and Ani “shop within a shop” concept.

Jos. A. Bank, Men’s Warehouse announce closures

The parent company of two men’s clothing brands announced it would close up to 250 of its stores, but it’s not clear whether two sites in the metro-east are among those on the chopping block.

Tailored Brands owns the Joseph A. Bank and Men’s Warehouse brands.

There’s a Joseph A. Bank at 6540 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights and a Men’s Warehouse across the street at 6651 N. Illinois St. An employee at the Joseph A. Bank store said Thursday that corporate heads hadn’t informed local store managers which stores would shutter.

Local counties rank well in refinance savings

A financial technology company’s survey of how much is saved when people refinance their mortgages showed St. Clair and Madison counties both ranked in the top-10 in Illinois.

St. Clair County ranked 7th and Madison County ranked 8th, according to New York-based SmartAsset.

The report shows 1,933 people refinanced their mortgages in St. Clair County in 2015, saving an average of $1,706. Total savings equaled nearly $3.3 million.

In Madison County, 2,011 people refinanced their mortgages. They saved $1,567 on average and total savings equaled $3.15 million.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND

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