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Comings & Goings: Rue 21 to Open in Tinley Park

Also in the latest business news, Tinley's Bettenhausen Rec Center will get a $4.5 million facelift, Fox Head opens in Orland Park, and more.

Rue 21, a national fashion retailer for young men and women, has signed a lease to open a new store in the Plaza near 159th Street and Harlem Avenue.

The 5,800-square-foot store will be between and Bath & Body Works in the plaza, Brixmor Property Group announced. Brixmor owns and manages the strip mall.

The store is expected to open in late summer or early fall. Rue 21 is based in Warrendale, Pa., and operates 770 stores in 46 states. 

The lease is one of three the retailer signed last month with Brixmor.

For more information, visit Rue 21.

Tinley to Expand Rec Center

The is expected this week to open bids on a major expansion of the .

Bids are due by 10 a.m. Friday for construction of a 30,000-square-foot addition to the center at 8125 W. 171st St., which opened a decade ago. The park board expects to award the contracts at its July 11 meeting.

The construction project is estimated to cost around a $4.5 million, $1 million of which will come from existing funds. The project should be under way this fall and completed by next year.

Plaques Plus in New Location

Plaques Plus, which specializes in sports memorabilia, has opened in its new location at Orland Square Mall in Orland Park. The store recently moved into its new digs on the upper level in the Sears Court, next to GNC.

Fox Head Opens

Fox Head Inc., which made its name with a worldwide brand of motocross apparel and has since branched out into other performance sports, is scheduled to open its today at Orland Square Mall. The company was started as Fox Racing in 1974 in Campbell, Calif.

A mall spokeswoman on Friday said she knew of no special events scheduled for today’s opening.

Toy Box Connection Seeks Sponsors

Orland Park-based Toy Box Connection, a nonprofit organization that connects children in need with the gift of a toy, will be hosting its third annual Charity Golf Outing at on Monday, July 30, and is looking for golfers and sponsors.

Golfers can register individually or as a foursome. Along with 18 holes of golf with a cart, the event will include a continental breakfast, lunch, beverages on the course, a steak dinner, raffle prizes and contests. Special pricing is available for groups signing up as a foursome.

Sponsorship and prize/raffle donation opportunities are also available. For information, call Joyce Latkowski at 708-364-9024 or visit Toy Box Connection.

Art Fair Registration Deadline Looms

Friday is the last day for artists and sponsors to register for the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce’s Fine Art Fair on July 21-22. Registration forms are available online at the Orland Park Chamber of Commerce. For information, call the chamber at 708-349-2972.

Tinley Park-Frankfort Rotary Give Scholarships

The Tinley Park-Frankfort Rotary Club handed out scholarships earlier this month to local students heading to college this fall. Students who received $1,000 scholarships were graduate Nicholas Lew, Lincoln-Way East High School graduate Julianne Sipos, graduate Rachel Gattone and graduate Dena Waldier.

Lisa Hurdle, a graduate from , received a $500 scholarship for her community service efforts and fundraising for the school’s Interact Club, a Rotary sponsored service club.

Marathon Station Under Construction

Construction is under way on a Marathon gas station at 15301 S. Harlem Ave. in Orland Park. The station used to be a Speedway gas station and a Super America station before that. A media contact for Marathon said the station is independently owned and he did not have any information about when it would be opening.

If you're interested in more local happenings, check out Orland Park business news and Tinley Park business news.

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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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