Comings & Goings: Orland Square Mall to Open Family Lounge

Tinley Park expected to approve more than $3 million in bonds to bring Archer Wire International and 130 new jobs to the village.

Remodeling seems to be the order of the day in Orland Park and Tinley Park.

in Orland Park – which opened in 1976 – is in the midst of .

With that in mind, the mall will celebrate the opening of its new Family Lounge at 10 a.m. Friday on the lower level next to Bare Berry Yogurt with activities and refreshments.

The lounge will feature five family restrooms, privacy rooms for mothers who are breastfeeding, bottle warming stations and a family seating area. The lounge also will be adjacent to the children’s playing area.

Other renovations for the mall include new entrances, new signage and resurfacing of the parking lot.

Restaurants in Orland and Tinley are also going for new looks.

Olympic Star, a 24-hour Greek diner that opened at 7100 W. 171st St. in Tinley Park in 1978, began remodeling last week. Tables and chairs were hauled out and a trash bin has been filled as a massive interior renovation takes place.

A sign in front of the building promises a fresh, new look will be in place by Mother’s Day.

at 15888 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park recently gutted its interior and just reopened.

at 14279 S. Wolf Road is also remodeling. Pop’s says it will be closed for two weeks.

Aquarium Shop Closes

Capture the Sea, a fish and aquarium shop at 8010 W. 171st St. in Tinley Park, closed recently.

Tinley Board to OK Bonds

The Board of Trustees has called a special meeting for Tuesday to discuss a variety of issues including the issuance of $3.57 million in bonds to help bring Archer Wire International Corp. to the village.

The bonds will be used to build a manufacturing facility for Archer Wire at 8550 W. 185th St. The 60-year-old company makes wire and steel forming and does metal finishing.

The company is expected to bring 130 new jobs to Tinley Park when it relocates from Bedford Park.

Speaking of jobs, Tinley Development Director Ivan Baker said M. Block & Sons are expected to bring 200 full-time jobs when it moves in to the Tinley Corporate Center distribution building this summer.

Baker said additional seasonal jobs would be created during the company’s busy fall and winter months.

M. Block & Sons recently signed a three-year lease for the warehouse. The company is consolidating warehouse operations in Tinley Park, and will be moving from two warehouses in Bedford Park and Bridgeview.

Baker also said the leases for Archer Wire and M. Block and Sons has helped Tinley Park reduce its industrial space vacancy rate from 29 percent a year ago to 9 percent.

Buca di Beppo to Host BAH

, 15350 S. 94th Avenue, and N2 Publishing are hosting a Business After Hours for the Orland Park Chamber of Commerce from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday. RSVP with the chamber at 708-349-2972 or online.

Business Women to Meet

Dorris Burch will present “Balancing Life, Work, Health, Prosperity and Happiness” at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the monthly meeting of the Professional Women’s Network at , 16165 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. For information, call 708-937-5525 or visit www.pwncentral.com.

Career and Job Expo

Hopewell Academy is sponsoring a Career and Job Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the , 18451 Convention Center Drive.

Companies expected to be on hand include , Dove Chocolate, , and .

For information, call 815-553-0680.

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


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.

Megan James April 23, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Very impressive Tinley Park! Using bonds to bring more than just retail shops and high-end luxury apartments to your town so there will be 330 "higher-than-minimum wage" paying jobs in your town! Not to mention additional seasonal jobs. Maybe your Village Trustess can talk to the Orland Trustees and explain how things like that can be done in Orland.


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