Bloomington-Normal business openings and closings Nov 12, 2018 1 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save A look at the businesses that have opened and closed in the Bloomington-Normal area. Upward Challenge Upward Challenge — a new way to stay physically fit, featuring a zip line and obstacle course challenges — is under construction in east Bloomington. The facility will be owned by Erin and Derrick Williams, said investor Bob Dobski. READ THE STORY. Churchill's Formal Wear Buy Now After operating downtown for 22 years, Churchill's Formal Wear is closing down. READ THE STORY. LEWIS MARIEN RobDob's Restaurant and Bar After selling their McDonald's restaurants last year, Bob and Julie Dobski are building a brand new upscale restaurant in east Bloomington: RobDob's Restaurant and Bar. READ THE STORY. MARIA NAGLE Luxe Boutique & Luxe Street Boutique Fashion Truck Bloomington/Normal's First Fashion Truck, online women's boutique opened their brick and mortar shop in July 2018. Luxe Boutique is located at 909B S Eldorado Drive Bloomington, IL 61704. Luxe Boutique offers affordable luxury to women in sizes XS-3X. FOR THE PANTAGRAPH Caffe Italia Buy Now Caffe Italia, an east Bloomington restaurant that earlier this year faced losing its liquor license over unpaid city taxes, closed on October 10, 2018. READ THE STORY. KEVIN BARLOW, THE PANTAGRAPH Torrid Buy Now Torrid, which offers clothing and accessories for women and teens in sizes 10 to 30, will open in The Shoppes at College Hills, according to a building permit filed with the town of Normal. Read the story. DEREK BEIGH, THE PANTAGRAPH Grand Cafe Grand Cafe West Side is open at 1514 W. Market St., which had been the home of Yen Ching Express for more than 17 years. READ THE STORY. MARIA NAGLE, THE PANTAGRAPH H&M H&M occupies 20,000 square feet in the former J.C. Penney space and opened October 4. READ THE STORY. By Costanera Center, Santiago - H&M Costanera Center, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49554353 Ross Dress for Less Ross Dress for Less opened in September 2018 at 200 Greenbriar Drive, Normal. READ THE STORY. DEREK BEIGH, THE PANTAGRAPH Planet Fitness Buy Now Planet Fitness opened in September 2018 as part of the former J.C. Penney store at Eastland Mall. READ THE STORY. MARIA NAGLE, THE PANTAGRAPH Hibbett Sports Hibbett Sports plans to open a store at Eastland Mall sometime in September according to any email from the company. READ THE STORY. John Raoux, Associated Press Bergner's Buy Now Bergner's closed on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. READ THE STORY. PANTAGRAPH FILE Sears Buy Now The Sears store at Eastland Mall will close in November; the auto store closed at the end of August. DAVID PROEBER, PANTAGRAPH FILE Bakery & Pickle Buy Now Bakery and Pickle opened Sept. 5 at 513 N. Main St. READ THE STORY. MARIA NAGLE, THE PANTAGRAPH Comcast The cable, internet and phone provider will close its store at 1202 W. Division St. in Normal and open a new one in the Shoppes at College Hills this winter. READ THE STORY. FOR THE PANTAGRAPH Von Champs Boutique Buy Now Von Champs Boutique opened on July 18 at 402 N. Main St. READ THE STORY. MARIA NAGLE, THE PANTAGRAPH Eric's Too Eric's Too opened at 921 Maple Hill Road in west Bloomington. READ THE STORY. MARIA NAGLE, THE PANTAGRAPH Wausau Homes Bloomington-Normal Design Studio Wausau Homes Bloomington-Normal Design Studio is at 3703 Ireland Grove Road Suite 2A in Bloomington. READ THE STORY. FOR THE PANTAGRAPH Caribou Coffeehouse Caribou Coffeehouse operates under the same roof as Einstein Bros. Bagels. READ THE STORY. FACEBOOK.COM/CARIBOUCOFFEE CoreLife Eatery Buy Now CoreLife Eatery opened on June 7 at 115 S. Veterans Parkway in Normal. READ THE STORY. DEREK BEIGH, THE PANTAGRAPH Murray's Shoes Buy Now Murray's Shoes closed in June after 143 years in business. READ THE STORY. STEPHANIE OBERLANDER, PANTAGRAPH FILE PHOTO Keg Grove Brewing Company Buy Now Keg Grove Brewing Company opened on Friday, June 1 at 712 E. Empire St., Bloomington. READ THE STORY. DAVID PROEBER, THE PANTAGRAPH Brandt Group of Companies Buy Now Brandt Group of Companies started making grain-conveying and gran-handling equipment at 19500 N. 1425 East Road in rural Hudson. READ THE STORY. DAVID PROEBER, THE PANTAGRAPH Merry Ann's Diner Buy Now Merry Ann's Diner closed on May 17. READ THE STORY. LORI ANN COOK-NEISLER, PANTAGRAPH FILE PHOTO Pet Supplies Plus Buy Now Pet Supplies Plus opened in April at 1920 Bradford Lane in Normal. READ THE STORY. DEREK BEIGH, THE PANTAGRAPH Garlic Press Popcorn and Sweet Shop Garlic Press Popcorn and Sweet Shop opened on April 7 at 108 W. North St. in Normal. READ THE STORY. FOR THE PANTAGRAPH CJ's Restaurant and Catering CJ's Restaurant and Catering, which had known issues with unpaid rent and unpaid municipal taxes, closed in April. READ THE STORY. STEVE SMEDLEY, PANTAGRAPH FILE PHOTO Nightshop Nightshop opened in March at 517 N. Main St. in Bloomington. Facebook.com/Nightshop.Bloomington Villas of Holly Brook Buy Now Villas of Hollybrook opened at 1815 Towanda Barnes Road, Bloomington. READ THE STORY. DAVID PROEBER, THE PANTAGRAPH Wellbrook at Bloomington Buy Now Welbrook at Bloomington opened at 1402 Leslie Drive in Bloomington. READ THE STORY. DAVID PROEBER, THE PANTAGRAPH Lil Beaver Brewery Lil Beaver Brewery opened at 16 Currency Drive on Jan. 11. READ THE STORY. Facebook.com/LilBeaverBrewery The Donut Experiment The Donut Experiment is at 1601 Morrissey Drive in Bloomington. Facebook.com/TheDonutExperimentBloomington The Fresh Market Buy Now The Fresh Market at 200 Greenbriar Drive closed as part of 15 closures across the family-owned chain. READ THE STORY. DAVID PROEBER, PANTAGRAPH FILE PHOTO State Farm's Downtown Building Buy Now Five-foot-tall, red letters spelling out the State Farm name can be seen on the roof of the former corporate headquarters building in downtown Bloomington. The iconic signage has been removed in October 2018. PANTAGRAPH FILE PHOTO Toys R Us Toys R Us closed following the filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. READ THE STORY. PROVIDED PHOTO Kobe's BBQ Japanese Express Buy Now Kobe's BBQ Japanese Express closed in late February. READ THE STORY. LORE ANN COOK-NEISLER, PANTAGRAPH FILE PHOTO HuHot Mongolian Grill HuHot Mongolian Grill in Parkway Plaza closed in November 2018 after opening in January of the same year. Read the story. As featured on Ross Dress for Less opening in October in Normal NORMAL — Normal's newest clothing store is almost ready to step out of the fitting room. +3 Grand Cafe West Side opens on Market Street 🍴 BLOOMINGTON — Grand Cafe West Side is open at 1514 W. 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Cancel Start watching Stop watching (1) comment reader99 Nov 12, 2018 6:06pm Why is Bob Dobski wearing a University of Illinois-colored orange shirt? Doesn't he realize that it has been ISU (hint - RED-bird) students and parents that have pigged out over the years to support his high-calorie fast food emporia? Report Add Reply Welcome to the discussion. Log In Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Post a comment Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. 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