Monday, March 4, 2013
New name and look for Jordan's Pub. Great Escape closes outlet store. Tinley Irish Parade is next Sunday.
Orland Square Mall has started remodeling its food court as part of the mall’s face-lift that started last year. In addition to new tables and seating, the food court will be getting two new tenants when the overhaul is finished by the end of the April. Minnesota-based ChikWich is a restaurant that specializes in chicken sandwiches. The Orland location will be the chain’s first in Illinois and the first outside of Minnesota. The original location is in the Mall of America. Zoup! is a soup and sandwich shop that features a dozen rotating varieties every day. The company was founded in Michigan in 1998 and the Orland location will be the chain’s third in the Chicago area. Two new stores are also expected to open this spring at Orland Square …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The new 9,400 square-foot restaurant serving a novel-sized menu of entrees and cheesecakes opens this week for business. Take look inside while they held a test run over the weekend.
While walking into Orland Park’s latest addition to its dining scene Friday night, diners were given instructions. Order entrees and an appetizer from specific menus, ask the server a specific question about take out service and pay attention to how knowledgeable the servers are on the roughly 250 menu items available, we were told. PHOTOS: Dave and Buster's Opens Near Mall in Orland Park Test lunches and dinners were held Friday and Saturday at the new Cheesecake Factory, on the west side of Orland Square Mall next to Macy’s, as part of the lead up to the restaurant’s opening on Wednesday at 11 a.m. “We have 270 staff members for the Orland Park location, and depending on the position, some have been in training for about the last three …
Friday, November 23, 2012
A woman wading in a mall fountain? A cow in line at Best Buy? Patch hit the local shopping scene Thanksgiving night and Black Friday to talk to shoppers about the craziest, funniest or weirdest stories from the day.
Black Friday is a day for doorbusters, discounts and lines—oh, the lines. Shoppers of the Southland descended upon Orland Park, as the mecca of shopping and home to Orland Square Mall, Best Buy, Target and big names in retail. Patch hit the streets—and the lines—Thanksgiving night and Black Friday to chat with shoppers about their tales from the retail frenzy. Some, like Nicole Harris, filed into line outside Best Buy as early as 11 p.m. Thanksgiving night, with hopes of an encounter with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Harris sacrificed the comfort of her own bed in the name of shopping. "We camped out last night in our tent, but we weren't the first ones here, which was kind of a surprise," Harris said. Those in line alongside Harris …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
With serious shopping comes heavy traffic. Patch has a few suggestions for getting in and out of the large retail center during one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Big crowds at shopping centers mean clogged roadways, and that can certainly be the case near Orland Square Mall. We have a few driving suggestions to lessen your holiday madness. With the mall opening for business at midnight Friday, LaGrange Road will likely be crowded, with its connections to I-80 and I-55. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions for getting into the mall area, most of which avoiding LaGrange Road. Also, try our interactive map above to plan your own route. From the North From the South From the East From the West
Monday, November 19, 2012
Orland Square Mall will open its doors at midnight Thanksgiving night • Gas station fight continues in Tinley • Homer Glen Kmart to close • New liquor licenses for two Orland Park businesses • Hostess outlets close
- Bob Bong
Monday, November 19, 2012
Orland Park officials earlier this month approved a tax-sharing plan with Mercedes-Benz of Orland Park to help offset the cost of expanding the dealership into the neighboring former BMW dealership that moved into its new home at 159th Street and Wolf Road over the summer. The deal will give the village the first $264,532 in sales taxes generated by the dealership each year for the next five years. The village and dealership will split any additional sales taxes above that amount for five years or until the dealership has collected $453,690. The Mercedes dealership wants the additional space for a showroom for two new lines it will begin carrying: the Smart car and a Mercedes commercial van. The dealership says the expansion will create …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Cosi closes Orland Park location • Graystone Golf Links closes for good, becomes sod farm • Women's fashion and accessories store Love Culture sets up shop in Orland Square Mall • Orland Civic Center to hold open house.
- Bob Bong
Monday, October 22, 2012
If Lisa Kopas had not started selling wedding accessories online in 2005 the Tinley resident would never have dreamed of opening her own store, LBK Boutique, 7913 W. 171st St., in the Tinley Downs Shopping Center. “I would never have done it without having the online store,” she said. “But I was successful online and was determined to try and do this myself.” Kopas decided to open the brick and mortar version of LBK Boutique after she lost her job as a controller at a power plant in Ford Heights when it closed. Kopas, 45, opened the store last month and said business was great until a road and sewer construction project started at the intersection of 171st and 80th Avenue. “Business has been half of what it was,” she said. “We sell …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Foundation dedicated to comforting children and teens fighting cancer moves into a new location in Orland Park.
- Bob Bong
Monday, August 13, 2012
It took a little longer than expected, but Matt’s TV serviced its 100,000th customer last week. Warren Kilmer, of Mokena, was the lucky customer on Aug. 8. He was surprised with an LG Network Blue-ray player, an LG Smart TV adapter, a Sycom surge protector, connecting cables and a certificate for $100 toward a new TV of his choice. He also took home a bag of munchies for his TV watching. Store manager Walter Jones said the total value for all of the prizes was $500. The store has been around for more than 50 years and has been at 17236 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park since 1971. The store has been owned by Jim Fuentes, known as the Mayor of Oak Park Avenue, for the past eight years. He also runs his State Farm Insurance Agency from inside …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Construction is under way on an 80-unit independent senior housing project in Orland Park.
Savers will be opening its Orland Park thrift store at 15625 S. 94th Avenue with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. As part of the opening celebration, Savers is working with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. Donations to the store will directly benefit the Foundation. The company was founded in 1954 and has alliances with more than 140 nonprofit organizations and charities. The Bellevue, Wash.-based retailer has been expanding its presence for the past few years and plans on opening more than 100 new stores in the next couple of years. The chain has more than 270 stores in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Savers will be opening three stores in the Chicago area that day including locations in Carol Stream …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Also in this week's business news, learn how to cash in on Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-Fil-A, see what car wash business is expanding its horizons and find out all you need to know about Tinley's Caribbean Block Party.
Sears has opened a Scrubology branch inside of the retailer’s anchor store at Orland Square Mall in Orland Park. Scrubology stores specialize in work apparel and uniforms for professionals in the industrial, service and health care fields. The retailer now has 91 Scrubology stores in Sears and Kmart stores nationwide, including the store at Chicago Ridge Mall. For information, visit Scrubology. Montego Bay Car Wash at 7130 W. 171st St. in Tinley Park is now offering hand car washes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Want the news delivered? Sign up for our Orland daily e-mail newsletter. Or, sign up for the Tinley newsletter. Two new mattress stores opened recently in Orland Park. Discount Mattress USA opened at 14700 S. LaGrange Road and …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Also in today's Business Comings & Goings, an eye care office opens and a gyros restaurant closes in Tinley Park.
Red Mango is coming to Orland Park this summer. The Texas-based smoothie and frozen yogurt chain will be opening next month at 31 Orland Square Drive in the Shops of Orland Square near Orland Square Mall. Though it will be the chain’s first location in the Southland it's the fourth for owners Trisha and Jeff Fendt, who opened their first store about a year ago in LaGrange. They also have a Red Mango in Chicago and will open one in McHenry on July 14. “What we really love is the product,” said Trisha Fendt. “We love the taste and the health benefits.” Fendt said she and her husband opted to start their Red Mango endeavor during a career shift. She had been a social worker and her husband had been a union plumber. “We opened our first store …