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Fairview NAPA Auto Parts project takes another step forward

A utility plan shows how a planned NAPA Auto Parts store would sit on a vacant lot at 10408 Lincoln Trail in Fairview Heights. Aldermen approved the sale of the land to developer Jim McKay during their last city council meeting.
A utility plan shows how a planned NAPA Auto Parts store would sit on a vacant lot at 10408 Lincoln Trail in Fairview Heights. Aldermen approved the sale of the land to developer Jim McKay during their last city council meeting.

Fairview Heights aldermen have moved one step closer to allowing a developer to build a NAPA Auto Parts store on Lincoln Trail.

Aldermen accepted Jim McKay’s bid of $50,501.50 for a vacant lot at 10408 Lincoln Trail. He was the only bidder.

McKay plans to build a 7,500-square-foot building on the land that includes 2,100 square feet of showroom space.

The city is considering reimbursing McKay up to $75,000 of construction costs, which he estimated in an application he filed with the city earlier this year could be between $1.3 million and $1.8 million. In order to receive the reimbursements, the store McKay plans to build must maintain certain employment levels and generate certain amounts of sales.

Belleville Denny’s has new look

Another local diner that went under the knife for a renovation is back open for eaters.

A manager at the Denny’s at 1130 S. Illinois St. said the restaurant opened without fanfare May 26, a mere nine days after the restaurant was shuttered for the remodel.

The slick exterior and interior look in the restaurant mimics that of the O’Fallon location, which recently underwent a renovation of its own.

A June 25 grand reopening celebration is planned at the Belleville Denny’s.

Lebanon Dairy Queen now serves breakfast

Hungry early risers have another breakfast option: The Lebanon Dairy Queen, located at 412 S. Madison St. in Lebanon.

What’s on the menu?

Biscuits and gravy, breakfast sandwiches, two types of breakfast burritos, pancakes and cinnamon pull-aparts an employee on Thursday said were so good you’d feel guilty about eating them.

The employee said the location started serving breakfast June 1. It’s served from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. She said the Lebanon location is the only area Dairy Queen currently offering breakfast, but stay tuned: More locations in the area are set to offer breakfast after seeing how it goes over in Lebanon.

Signarama opens second metro-east site

A pair of longtime Edwardsville residents recently celebrated the grand opening of their new business.

Signarama is now open at 4 Club Centre Court, Suite 6 in Edwardsville. The franchise owners are Arif and Karen Pyarali, who attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and have lived in Edwardsville 30 years.

As the name indicates, the store offers indoor and outdoor signage, banners, graphics and displays.

Signarama actually has been in business since 2015. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday. They can be reached at 618-234-0300.

Another Signarama location is at 216 Frank Scott Parkway in Swansea.

Belleville council OKs second Panera restaurant

Panera Bread can move forward with plans to build a second Saint Louis Bread Co. location in Belleville after city aldermen approved the company’s proposal for a new location at Belleville Crossing.

Construction could begin in July on the 4,478-square-foot restaurant that will include a drive-thru window and outdoor seating. The building would be sandwiched between Buffalo Wild Wings and Arby’s along Belleville Crossing Drive.

What remains uncertain is Panera’s plan for its other Belleville location, located downtown at 113 E. Main St. Brian Barnard, senior development project manager with the company, said last week Panera has a lease option for the downtown site that extends to 2027.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND

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