Rally House opens at River Forest Town Center

A Kansas-based chain offering local sports team apparel and gifts has opened at River Forest Town Center. Rally House fills the 7,100-square-foot space at 7235 Lake St. in River Forest, formerly occupied by Tilly’s clothing and accessories store. Alysa Ojeda, senior marketing manager for Rally House, said a soft opening was held July 15, with…

On 35th anniversary, Riverwalk is key to Naperville brand, prosperity

The first two blocks of Naperville’s Riverwalk were built in 1981, a gift for the city’s 150th anniversary. That small idea did what no one could have imagined 35 years ago: It transformed a beleaguered downtown reeling from economic recession and abandoned by customers lured to the Fox Valley Mall into what is now a…

HomeGoods To Join Retailer Line-Up At IRC Retail Center’s Shops At Orchard Place In Skokie, Ill.

IRC Retail Centers (IRC), a leading real estate company that owns and operates high quality, necessity and value-based retail centers in select markets within the Central and Southeastern United States, today announced that it has executed a lease with TJX Companies for a new 24,000-square-foot HomeGoods store at the Shops at Orchard Place in Skokie,…

Robert Melsher receives 2015 CoStar Power Broker Award

Highland Park, IL (June 7, 2016) – Metro Commercial Real Estate is pleased to announce that Principal Robert Melsher has been named a 2015 CoStar Power Broker TM by CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces.  This annual industry award recognizes distinguished professionals in commercial real…

Changes underway at Hubbard Woods

Changes are underway at Hubbard Woods Plaza, at the village’s southern edge… …While Domino’s is leaving the Hubbard Woods Plaza, an empty space at the northern edge of the plaza will soon be occupied by a J.C. Licht paint store, which is expected to move into what had been the longtime home of a 7-11,…

This Week’s Chicago Deal Sheet

Seneca Real Estate’s Joe Padorr repped the landlord in the following leases: Metro Commercial Real Estate’s Steven Baer repped JC Licht in its 2,400 SF lease at Hubbard Woods Shopping Center in Glencoe. BISNOW // Chuck Sudo // View the Full Article

Taco Bell Is Going Upscale for Your Next Dinner Date (Seriously)

Seriously. Taco Bell will debut four new store design concepts that aim to create an upscale experience of the traditionally casual fast-food chain. It’s hoping that its new sleek, modern look with trendy lighting and exposed wooden beams can convince diners to make a run for the border instead of going to other fast-casual chains…

T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods plan to open thousands of new stores

In an age when brick-and-mortar retailers are struggling, one company has just announced aggressive store opening plans. TJX Companies, owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods among other brands, plans to grow its number of stores by more than 50%. It will have 5,600 stores when it is finished expanding, up from the current total…

Southern Tide coming to Naperville’s riverfront Water Street District

A brand of activewear that’s difficult to find in the Western suburbs is coming to downtown Naperville’s Water Street District. Southern Tide apparel, “an active lifestyle brand with a little bit of southern, coastal influence,” is targeting a September opening on the south side of Water Street, under a new Hotel Indigo near a new…

It’s Your Business: Center’s growing at great clip

Tim Harrington, commercial services director for Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty, said that Slim Chickens closed on the purchase of the last available lot remaining in the Carriage Center project on May 9. Slim Chickens opened in 2003 in Fayetteville, Ark., with a focus on chicken. The menu includes fresh chicken tenders, Buffalo wings, sandwiches,…

This Week’s Local Design News, Trends, and Events

HomeGoods, a national retailer, is having a grand opening this Sunday at its new Lincoln Park location from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Shop affordable furniture, home décor, tableware, and bath accessories all while checking out their new space located in the Clybourn Galleria (1840 N. Clybourn). Chicago Magazine // Helena Kim // View The Full…

Huntley gives preliminary nod to updated Sherwin Williams store design

The Village Board advanced a revamped proposal for a Sherwin Williams store on Route 47 after the developer made requested changes to the plan. Last month, the board had directed developer Vernick & Associates to spruce up the design of the building, saying it was too plain. Northwest Herald // Caitlin Swieca // View the…