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Comings & Goings: 5 Guys closes in Chicago Ridge

By Bob Bong

Chicago Ridge Mall, which is losing its Sears anchor store by the end of April, has also lost one of its many food outlets with the recent closing of 5 Guys gourmet hamburgers.

The company did not respond to requests for information, and Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar said he didn’t know why the restaurant closed.

“I liked their burgers,” he said. “I’ll miss it.”

He also said Starwood LLC, which owns the mall, had assured him they should easily be able to find a replacement business.

“They said they will be able to fill the space quickly,” he said.

Tokar said he was more concerned with filling the space to soon be vacated by Sears, which has been an anchor at the mall since 1981.

Tokar said the village had only recently found a replacement for Carson’s, another mall anchor store, that closed a couple of years ago.

That space is being filled by Dick’s Sporting Goods, which Tokar said is probably looking at opening in late spring or early summer.

As for the coming Sears vacancy, Tokar said Starwood would probably have to divide up the space.

“That’s just too big of a space to fill with one retailer,” said Tokar.

Orland Park has done the same thing with its former Sears store, which is being redeveloped as a movie theater and other shops and restaurants.

Rebuild Illinois grants awarded

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity have awarded $3 million in Rebuild Illinois capital funds to support continued economic development in the south suburbs.

Shovel Ready Infrastructure Capital Program grants will support new capital development projects in Alsip and Calumet Park.

Shovel Ready capital funds are awarded to projects that require a substantial upfront investment in order to get off the ground.

The money was among $11 million in capital funds awarded recently to support 11 new projects across the state.

“By giving these initiatives the upfront and transformative funding boost they need to move forward, we’re spurring a chain of new public and private investments aligned with what the community wants to see,” said Pritzker Feb. 25 in Alsip. “I want to zero in on that, because it’s a cornerstone of this effort: we’re investing in projects that fit the economic development plans for each region, maximizing the long-term return on local investment.”

The Alsip project received a $1.5 million grant for a transportation, distribution and logistics hub. LB Steel of Harvey bought a 16-acre parcel at 3350 W. 131stSt., formerly known as Blue Island Phenol chemical plant. LB Steel plans to remediate the site per EPA rules and build a facility to refurbish containers for both trucks and rail cars, said Alsip Mayor John Ryan.

Grant recipient Chicago Southland Economic Development Corp. will spearhead an overall investment for industrial readiness at the future Alsip Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Center, nestled between two rail lines and which will eventually serve as a hub for shipping and logistics in the area. The site is an integral part of the greater I-57/I-294 logistics cluster and is expected to spur additional jobs and attract investment to this already growing hub for transportation and logistics in Illinois.

“I was proud to support the capital construction program in 2019 because I know how many communities in the Southland need better infrastructure, schools and so much more help,”said Rep. Bob Rita, (D-Blue Island).”I thank the Governor for visiting our area and providing this capital grant money to support our transportation and economic growth, and to help us all connect throughout the Chicagoland area with the I-57/I-294 intersection that I championed.”

Also receiving a $1.5 million grant was the Village of Calumet Park for site preparation for a mixed-use transit-oriented development park.

State Sen. Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) is pleased the long-overdue project has become a priority.

“These projects will be a major economic boon for Alsip and Calumet Park,” Jones said. “They will help those communities by creating more jobs and fostering long term economic development.”

“I was proud to vote for the Rebuild Illinois Program,” Jones said. “It will not only continue to help fund more local construction projects, but will continue to create new jobs.”

Both projects are expected to begin soon.

Allied hiring security professionals

Allied Universal, a leading security and facility services company in North America, is seeking to hireat least 50 security professionals in the south suburbs.

The company is holding open house hiring events on Thursdays, March 18, March 25 and April 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the company’s branch office at 7820 Graphics Drive, Suite 105 in Tinley Park.

In addition to in-person interviews, Allied Universal’s virtual interview process allows applicants to complete the company’s onlineapplication from home.

“We are recruiting for all shifts for all levels of experience,” says Tamika Henderson, Regional RecruiterAllied Universal.

For full time positions, company benefits include medical and dental coverage, life insurance, 401(k), holidays and more. Allied Universal is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce.

If interested, apply online atÊhttps://jobs.aus.com/.

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 track business openings and closings atÊhttp://bobbongonbusiness.com/

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