Comings & Goings: Whole Foods Under Way, Cruise Night Packs Up
Also in this week's business news, Orland's Jos. A Bank reopens in a new location and Dave & Buster's seeks applicants. In Tinley Park, Kelly Clarkson and Toby Keith stop by and the 80th Avenue Metra Station gets a little sweeter.
Construction is under way on the Whole Foods Market in the former Borders at 15260 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park and the grocery store is expected to open this fall.
“It takes time to turn a former bookstore into a grocery store,” said Orland Park Development Director Karie Friling. “They are also adding a second floor for offices and storage.”
The Orland store is one of eight stores the Texas-based chain plans to open this year.
At 27,000 square feet, the store is on the small size, especially when compared to a Meijer or Jewel, but Whole Foods prides itself on featuring natural and organic foods that are free of artificial ingredients and hydrogenated fats.
The Orland store will be the chain’s first location in the Southland. Whole Foods has 17 other stores in the North and West Suburbs and 317 worldwide. Whole Foods said the store would bring 150-160 jobs.
Final Tinley Cruise Night This Week
Car fans wanting to take part in Tinley Park Cruise Night better get it in gear. The final Cruise Night of 2012 begins this week at 5 p.m. Tuesday in downtown Tinley Park. The free car show runs from 5-9 p.m. on Oak Park Avenue from 171st Street to the Metra Station. There will be music, food and beverages and plenty of cars of all ages and models. For information, call 708-444-5678.
Jos. A. Bank Open in New Spot
“We’re up and running,” said an employee of the store on Friday.
The business moved into an upper-level space vacated by Ruby Tuesday while its own former downstairs space will become home later this year to The Cheesecake Factory.
For information, call 708-226-1191 or visit them online at Jos. A. Bank.
Dave & Buster’s Now Hiring
Dave & Buster’s, an adult arcade and sports bar that will open on Sept. 22 at Orland Square Mall, is now taking applications for more than 200 jobs including bartenders, servers, cooks and host staff.
For information and to apply, visit them online at Dave & Buster’s Careers.
Sweet Deal for Metra Station
Tinley Park officials have selected Isn’t That Sweet of Palos Heights to provide pastries, light lunch and coffee to commuters at the 80th Avenue Metra Station. Owner Nicole Betourney should be open for business later this year.
Gap Open During Construction
A new Gap store is under construction in the lower level Sears Court at Orland Square Mall, but the store will remain open in its current location until the new space is ready.
Marquette Bank to Help Schools
Marquette Bank is holding its fourth annual Adopt-a-Classroom drawing through Sept. 15.
Customers, teachers, parents and residents can enter the drawing at any Marquette Bank location for a chance to win a $200 gift card that can be used to buy school supplies for a local school classroom, chosen by the winner. The bank will give away 25 gift cards.
Kelly Clarkson, Toby Keith to Play Tinley
Kelly Clarkson and The Fray will perform at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre on Saturday, Sept. 1, while country superstar Toby Keith with Brantley Gilbert will hit the stage on Sunday, Sept. 2. For tickets, call 312-540-2180 or email ChicagoVIP@livenation.com.
The nearby Odyssey Sweet Spot sports bar will have a tailgate party before the Toby Keith concert with a Zipline, bag tournaments, mechanical bull, barbecue and Red Solo Cup drink specials.
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