Disney Store closing at Chicago Ridge Mall

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By Bob Bong Walt Disney Co. will be closing its Disney Store inside Chicago Ridge Mall on or before August 18. The company announced in March it would be closing more than 60 of its brick-and-mortar locations to focus on its online business, which is about a third of its retail stores. All store merchandise…

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Comings & Goings: BETA wrestling academy opens in Justice

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By Bob Bong Joe Phelan has been coaching wrestling in the southwest suburbs for about 30 years. He started with the Badgers Wrestling Club at Argo High School and has been involved one way or another ever since. A month ago, Phelan dipped into his savings to open Beast Elite Training Academy at 7750 S.…

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Comings & Goings: Cannabis store opens in Chicago Ridge

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By Bob Bong Ascend Wellness Holdings has opened its second Illinois cannabis dispensary in Chicago Ridge. Ascend by Midway – Chicago Ridge opened at 9820 S. Ridgeland Ave. in a former Pier 1 store that closed last year when the chain went out of business. Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar, who was just re-elected, was…

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Comings & Goings: 5 Guys closes in Chicago Ridge

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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…

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Comings & Goings: Bandana’s BBQ opens in south suburbs

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By Bob Bong St. Louis-based Bandana’s BBQ announced that its latest location in Tinley Park is now open for carryout and curbside service with dine-in service coming soon. The restaurant is in the former Dugout and Applebee’s building at 16200 S. Harlem Ave. The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. To…

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Comings & Goings: Andy’s Frozen Custard opens in Palos Heights

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Missouri-based Andy’s Frozen Custard opened the doors without fanfare at 11 a.m. Friday at its Palos Heights location at 12805 S. Harlem Ave. A grand opening may be held in the spring. The Palos Heights location is the chain’s fifth in the south suburbs. The company first moved into the Chicago marketplace in 2011 in…

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Comings & Goings: Palos Hospital to join Northwestern Medicine

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By Bob Bong Palos Health announced last week that it will join Northwestern Medicine on January 1. Earlier this year, the governing boards for both organizations approved the merger and definitive agreement. All regulatory approvals have now been received. “We look forward to welcoming Palos Health to Northwestern Medicine,” said Dean M. Harrison, President and…

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Comings & Goings: Costco to reopen Bedford Park store

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By Bob Bong Who says companies never listen? Costco announced last week that due to what the company said was negative feedback from its customers, the Costco Business Center at 7300 S. Cicero Ave. in Bedford Park would reopen on Aug. 31 along with another business center store in Orlando, Fla. The store was closed…

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Comings & Goings: Brown Sugar Bakery buys Cupid Candies

  By Bob Bong Brown Sugar Bakery founder Stephanie Hart announced last week she will be buying the Cupid Candies factory at 7637 S. Western Ave. in Chicago. Hart said she needs more space and will be moving her bakery kitchen to factory site but will keep her original shop open at 328 W. 75th St.…

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