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Comings & Goings: Miller’s Ale House now hiring in Chicago Ridge

Florida-based Miller’s Ale House is now hiring for its new location at Chicago Ridge Mall.

The chain is looking for cooks, bartenders, servers and hosts for the new store at 95th Street and Ridgeland Avenue in Chicago Ridge.

The Chicago Ridge location would be the chain’s third in Illinois and the first in the south suburbs. It is being built on the site of a former Tilted Kilt, which closed without any warning in October.

The Chicago Ridge location has a tentative opening date of April 25. Its hours are expected to be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

For more information, visit www.millersalehouse.com/careers.

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Dollar Tree to rebrand Deals stores

Virginia-based Dollar Tree is in the process of rebranding 222 Deals stores it acquired in 2006 including several locations in the south suburbs.

All but five of the Deals stores will be converted to Dollar Tree locations by April or May, the company said in a news release. Those remaining stores will be transformed into Family Dollar locations. Dollar Tree bought the Family Dollar chain last summer.

All Deals stores in the south suburbs will be converted into Dollar Tree locations, the company said. Those stores include Deals locations at 16101 S. Farrell Road in Lockport, 4840 Lincoln Highway in Matteson, 4981 Cal-Sag Road in Crestwood, 10550 S. Cicero Ave. in Oak Lawn, 3401 W. 95th St. in Evergreen Park and 1949 Sibley Blvd. in Calumet City.

Additional Deals stores in line for conversion are in Berwyn, Joliet, Chicago and Whiting, Ind.

One reason for the rebranding was because everything for sale at Dollar Tree is $1 or less while Deals sells some merchandise for more than $1.

The chain is based in Chesapeake, Va., and operates more than 13,864 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces under the Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree Canada and Deals brands.

Floor & Decor opens in Countryside

Floor & Decor, a specialty retailer of hard-surface flooring, opened the doors to its new Countryside location at 1 Countryside Plaza on St. Patrick’s Day.

The store is the Atlanta-based company’s fifth in Illinois and the first in the southwest suburbs. The other four stores are in Aurora, Lombard, Arlington Heights and Skokie.

The 82,600-square-foot store and design center has a team of about 40 employees led by Floor & Decor veteran Jake Jimenez, the new store’s Chief Executive Merchant.

“Floor & Decor is thrilled to open our doors in Countryside,” said Jimenez. “With the launch of our fifth store in the state, we are committed to providing Countryside and the Cook County area with an extensive array of flooring products at unbeatable prices, and we look forward to forming relationships with this great community, one shopper at a time.”

Established in 2000, Floor & Decor offers homeowners and professional contractors access to superstore selection at warehouse prices with showroom quality. Floor & Decor offers free design services, as well as a dedicated pro sales team, and carries over 1 million square feet of in-stock flooring.

“Making commitments to local professionals is one of the hallmarks of the way we do business at Floor & Decor,” said Jimenez.

There are DIY classes every Saturday.

Store hours are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For information, call 708-937-1325.

Michaels opens in new shopping center

A new Michaels arts and crafts store opened earlier this month in the Pulaski Promenade shopping center at 42nd Street and Pulaski Avenue in Chicago.

The mall was part of a $34 million development on a former corrugated cardboard and box factory site that had been unused in more than a decade.

Furniture store moves

Quality Home Furnishings has moved to 6850 W. Archer Ave. in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge community. That’s one block east of its former location. Hours and the phone number are unchanged.

Sprint grand opening in Orland

Sprint held a grand opening last week for one of its newest stores at 15110 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park.

NuMark opens in New Lenox

NuMark Credit Union opened its New Lenox branch March 1 at 951 Lincoln Highway.

The New Lenox office offers five teller windows, four drive-up lanes, a 24-hour drive-up ATM, safe deposit boxes, and all of NuMark Credit Union’s products and services. Lisa Kline will be branch manager of the new New Lenox location. A grand opening event is scheduled for April 30.

The New Lenox branch will have lobby hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Drive-up hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The phone number is 815-729-3211.

“When you join NuMark Credit Union you become a member/owner, we work for you. That is a level of service that you won’t find at other financial institutions,” NuMark Credit Union President and CEO Ann Dubie said in a news release. “We look forward to meeting the residents of New Lenox and the surrounding communities as we open our doors for business on March 1.”

NuMark Credit Union also has offices in Joliet, Crest Hill, Countryside and Tinley Park.

If you see a new business in town or wonder what happened to an old favorite, drop me a line at [email protected].

You can also catch up on Comings & Goings in other parts of the Southland at www.southlandbusinessnews.com and www.southlandsavvy.blogspot.com

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