|A worker helps put
the finishing touches on the new Hobby Lobby facade in The
Shoppes at Fox River. The store opened Wednesday, with a
grand opening ceremony scheduled for Monday.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
Crafters rejoice: the Hobby Lobby in The Shoppes at Fox River is
officially open to the public.
According to a
statement from the company, the brand-new store at the Sunset Drive
shopping center opened Wednesday, and will celebrate its official
grand opening on Monday.
53,520-square-foot expansion is the latest phase of construction at
the shopping center that opened in July 2009 on the former Supervalu
distribution facility with the help of a tax incremental financing
What’s next for
the development? Developer Ramco Gershenson’s Vice President of
Asset Management Mike Sullivan told The Freeman that Phase 3 is
planned for the parcels of land south of Hobby Lobby and T.J. Maxx,
and he’s confident that residents will be excited about the tenant
“We’re focused on
bringing tenants to that last phase that will round out our tenant
mix. We’re talking to soft goods retailers like women’s and
children’s apparel, a number of quick service and fast casual
restaurant outlets and a couple of destination uses that will entice
people to come to the shopping center to do specific tasks or
goods-oriented shopping,” Sullivan said.
“The way that
Ramco-Gershenson works is that we won’t build that last piece until
we have tenant commitments, and there’s a whole process involved
with permitting and zoning.”
Sullivan said he
should have more specifics in 90 days or so.
The most recent
additions to the shopping center included Ulta Salon and Cosmetics,
Charming Charlie’s, Rue 21 and T.J. Maxx, all of which opened last
fall just in time for holiday shoppers.
In addition to
Target and Pick ‘n Save, the first phase of the development
includes: Batteries Plus, Klinke Cleaners, Petco, Buffalo Wild
Wings, Gamestop, Noodles & Company, CVS Pharmacy, Verizon Wireless,
Chili’s Bar & Grill, Mattress Firm, Men’s Hair House, The Dollar
Tree, Associated Bank, Orange Leaf, Jersey Mike’s, Cash Store,
Subway, GNC, Famous Footwear, Maurice’s, Get It Now and Hallmark.