Business Comings & Goings: Jewel Selling Gas Stations

A look at new businesses coming into town and a fond farewell to those that have, for whatever reason, called it quits.

SuperValu Inc. agreed last week to sell 27 of its Jewel Express gas stations in the Chicago area, including the one at 17930 S. Wolf Road in Orland Park, to Couche-Tard/Circle K.

Other fuel centers being sold in the Southland are in Lockport, Oak Forest, New Lenox and Homewood, along with one at 9400 S. Ashland Ave. in Chicago.

The stations are among 107 that SuperValu is selling to raise money to strengthen other parts of its core grocery business.

The sale is expected to close this fall.

Orland Bakery Delivers for Free

Orland Bakery, which will be relocating soon from its longtime home at 143rd Street and LaGrange Road in Orland Park, has started offering free delivery anywhere in the village for orders of $25 or more. For information, call 708-349-8516 or visit the bakery’s website at www.orlandparkbakery.com.

Jersey Mike’s Joins Mokena Market

Jersey Mike’s Subs in Orland Park will have a booth at the Mokena French Market for the next seven Saturdays. The market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Metra parking lot at Front Street and Wolf Road in downtown Mokena.

Visitors Bureau Annual Meeting

The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau's annual meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the . The keynote speaker will be Warren Ribley, director of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. For information, contact Elizabeth Baun at 708-895-8200. To register, go to http://budurl.com/AnnualMeeting.

Chamber Doings

  • is hosting a Business After Hours on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 5-8 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Tinley Park, 18335 S. Harlem Ave. The restaurant was recently renovated. RSVP to the chamber at 708-532-5700, info@tinleychamber.org or www.tinleychamber.org.
  • Wehmeier Portraits is hosting a Business After Hours on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 4:30 p.m. at 9540 W. 144th Place, Suite A, in Orland Park. RSVP to the Orland Area Chamber at (708) 349-2972 or at Orland Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Archer Bank is hosting a Business After Hours on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 5-7:30 p.m. at 16700 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park. RSVP to the chamber at 708-532-5700, info@tinleychamber.org or www.tinleychamber.org.

Ribbon Cutting for Pompei

will hold a ribbon-cutting grand opening on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 11:45 a.m. at the Riviera Country Club, 8801 W. 143rd St. in Orland Park.

Educator to Speak to Rotary

A Lincoln-Way educator and Rotarian who traveled to Uganda this summer to work with teachers and students at a school for orphans and underprivileged children will talk about his experiences with the Tinley Park-Frankfort Rotary Club on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Tim Reilly, director of instruction for Lincoln-Way High School District 210, spent eight days in Uganda this past summer observing and coaching eight teachers at Miracle Destiny School.

“I went to visit our `sister school’ and help their teachers,” Reilly said, “but I was impacted by the kids and teachers more than I helped.

“I thought I knew what to expect from the pictures and correspondences over the years,” he said. “But until I could see the school and community and feel their need personally, I really didn’t understand. That school is doing incredible work with so few resources. I was honored to work with them.”

Reilly will share stories and photographs from his trip at 7:15 a.m. Sept. 15 in Phoenix Hall. The community is invited to attend.

Each year, the club presents dictionaries to third-graders in Harvey School District 152, raises money for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, donates eyeglasses for use in underprivileged countries and awards scholarships to graduating seniors from Lincoln-Way East, Lincoln-Way North, Tinley Park and Andrew high schools who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and service to the community.

For information, contact President Karen Wegrzyn at 708-359-4715 or visit the club’s website at www.tinleyparkfrankfortrotary.com.

Orland Square Story Hour

The Simon Kidgits Club is teaming up with Simon & Schuster to bring a monthly story hour to

Read.Play.Shop. will entertain children through stories, activities and games while stirring their imaginations at the same time.

Visit the Orland Square Mall Play Area sponsored by Bettenhausen Dodge at 10 a.m. on Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 13 or Dec. 13.

Postal Connections Announces Winner

Cary Sheehan, of Mokena, takes home an Apple iPod Touch as winner of the grand opening sweepstakes at Postal Connections, which opened recently at 18090 S. Wolf Rd. at the Marley Creek Shopping Center in Orland Park. Postal Connections is a retailer of postal, business and communication services. For information, contact owner Eric Czerwonka at 708-478-4965 or go online at www.postalconnections.org.

All About Me Relocates

All About Me It's A London Thing has relocated to the lower JC Penney Court at Orland Square Mall.

If you see a new business in town or wonder what happened to an old favorite, drop me a line at bob@chicago-patch.com.

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


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