Metro-East News

Carter’s store opens in Edwardsville

Steel beams form the skeleton of what soon will be a 63,000-square-foot office building off Sand Bank road in Columbia. Several of the building’s future tenants have been named.
Steel beams form the skeleton of what soon will be a 63,000-square-foot office building off Sand Bank road in Columbia. Several of the building’s future tenants have been named.

Management at Carter’s say business has been good since the kids clothing store’s first metro-east location opened April 28 in Edwardsville.

The store, which specializes in clothing, shoes and accessories for infants, toddlers and kids up to age 8, is at 6622 Edwardsville Crossing Drive.

The four other Carter’s locations in the area are all in Missouri: Brentwood, Chesterfield, Hazelwood and Manchester.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Several tenants named for Columbia complex

It’s only a skeleton of steel girders now, but some tenants have already been identified that plan to call 63,000 square feet of office space in the 11 South project in Columbia home.

According to the City of Columbia’s website, four companies so far intend to lease space: Progressive Family Care, ATI Physical Therapy, Quantum Vision Centers and Community Health Systems. The website also states an unnamed urgent care facility and an unnamed investment firm also will lease space.

Progressive Family Care has locations in Columbia and Waterloo. ATI has locations in Columbia, Millstadt and Freeburg. Quantum Vision Centers has a location in Swansea. There are no local locations for Community Health Systems.

The project’s developer, Admiral Parkway Development Inc., also will maintain its headquarters there. The last of the steel work is expected to be finished at the end of next week. More buildings are planned for the site.

Stubborn German Brewing Co. is open

According to Stubborn German Brewing Co.’s website, the metro-east’s newest brewery provides “real German beer in a real German town made by real Stubborn Germans.”

The brewery, located at 119 S. Main St. in Waterloo, opened April 24.

Chris Rahn is one of the stubborn Germans who opened the brewery. He said things have been going “really, really good” so far.

“We’ve gotten really good feedback. Haven’t heard a peep about anything bad with the beer,” he said Friday.

Rahn said there are 12 styles on tap — mostly German beers but with a few American hoppy styles in the mix, too. He said the job now is to learn which styles drinkers like best so he knows what to keep brewing.

Belleville Office Depot is nearly empty

You’ve only got a few days left to get office supplies on the cheap at the Office Depot at 20 Carlyle Plaza Drive in Belleville.

The store is closing for good Saturday.

Everything is fair game at the store, and at a hefty discount, including the store’s shelves, its employees’ old wooden clipboards and even an electric power chair for the handicapped —$300 “as is,” according to the handwritten price tag.

That power chair was still there Friday, as were a dozen or more shoppers roaming the nearly-empty store for odds and ends they probably don’t need.

A tale of two Dollar Trees

Dollar Tree bought out the competing discount store Deal$ a few years ago but left the brand in place until last year when it started branding the Deal$ stores to Dollar Trees.

That meant a Deal$ location at the Crossroads Centre off Lincoln Trail in Fairview Heights eventually would become a Dollar Tree, which indeed happened last week.

It’s confused some shoppers because Fairview Heights already has a Dollar Tree. It’s located in the Plaza Drive complex in a row of buildings that includes David’s Bridal and Burlington Coat Factory. As the crow flies, the stores are less than 2,400 feet from one another.

A cashier at the new location said she’d reassured countless customers that both stores would remain open and that there were no plans afoot to close the elder of the two.

Maryville plastic surgery clinic moves

MidAmerica Plastic Surgery last week completed its move into a new building at 4955 Illinois 159.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Diederich operates the facility, which formerly was located at Anderson Hospital in Maryville and also includes a medical spa for cosmetic patients.

“With our new facility, we have doubled our patient capacity,” Diederich said in a statement.

MidAmerica shares the brand new building with ApexNetwork Physical Therapy.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND