Belleville

Jack Flash convenience store to open near Shrine in Belleville

A Jack Flash convenience store will be built off Illinois 15 in Belleville. The entire complex is valued at over $100 million. This is a photograph of the Jack Flash in Farmersville and is similar the store planned for Belleville.
A Jack Flash convenience store will be built off Illinois 15 in Belleville. The entire complex is valued at over $100 million. This is a photograph of the Jack Flash in Farmersville and is similar the store planned for Belleville. Provided photo

An Effingham convenience store chain announced Tuesday that it will build a Jack Flash store in the hotel, restaurant and sports complex to be built off Illinois 15 across from The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

A Hofbräuhaus restaurant and brewery is already under construction at the site.

Mayor Mark Eckert said the Keller family of Effingham is expected in the next week to announce the name of at least one of the hotels to be built at the complex valued at over $100 million. The project was initially announced early last year.

Belleville aldermen have agreed to give the Keller family and developers of the sports complex about $38 million in tax incentives.

“Things are moving,” Eckert said.

Jack Flash is a division of Wortman Properties, which is owned by John and Lisa Wortman. The company currently owns 10 Jack Flash convenience stores in Central Illinois.

John Wortman said in a news release the store will be a “great fit” for area residents as well as tourists visiting the area.

The store will sell Shell gasoline and be open 24 hours.

The company did not announce when construction will begin on the store or when it is expected to be open. Also, the number of employees expected to be hired was not available, according to a company spokeswoman.

The Keller family is developing the Hofbräuhaus along with the hotels planned for the site.

Kansas City-based Game On Sports Development plans to build an 11-field multisport complex for regional soccer and lacrosse tournaments hosted by Global Sports International of Overland Park, Kan.

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