Denver-based Tuff Shed, a leading retailer of storage buildings and garages, opened a retail showroom earlier this summer in Homer Glen.
The showroom at 15318 W. 159th St. was opened to better serve the company's southwest suburban and South Side customers, Chicago general manager Colin Ralphs said in a news release.
"Customers have always known us for high quality sheds," said Ralphs. "But recently, we've seen more customers interested in our bigger products like garages and backyard studios. That, plus the improving economy makes us optimistic that we'll continue to grow our business with this new location."
Tuff Shed opened its first store in the Chicago area in Streamwood in 2005 and has added a factory in Des Plaines.
The company was founded in Denver in 1981 and has 43 company-owned manufacturing sites around the country.
Hours at the Homer Glen location are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The store is closed on Sundays.
For information, call 815-838-1250 or visit the company's website at http://www.tuffshed.com.
Orland convenience store opens and closes
Stop and Shop Fresh Market opened earlier this summer and has already closed at 17849 S. Wolf Road in Orland Park. The store opened in May and closed a few weeks ago. It was the latest attempt to operate a store in that location. Previous incarnations included a White Hen Pantry and a Frangella Italian Imports deli.
Sweet Frog hops into Frankfort
The frozen yogurt craze has reached Frankfort. Texas-based Red Mango opened a shop on U.S. Highway 30 earlier this summer and now Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt has opened a shop at 9645 Lincoln-Way Lane in the Crown Centre plaza.
Sweet Frog is like most other fro-yo stores in that it offers dozens of flavors of frozen yogurt along with dozens of toppings and sprinkles. It does feature two mascots, Scoop and Cookie, who are lime green and hot pink frogs.
Owners are John and Liz Sciaccotta, who live in neighboring Mokena.
Sweet Frog carries more than 70 flavors of frozen yogurt and features 14 specialty flavors such as thin mint and cotton candy. It also has fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and kosher varieties. The shop opened last week, just in time for the Frankfort Fall Festival.
Frankfort is the first location in Illinois for the Richmond, Va.-based chain that was founded in 2009 and has grown to 260 stores in 23 states as well as the United Kingdom and Dominican Republic.
Hours are noon to 9:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and noon to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
For information, call 815-277-2269.
Mariano's to anchor Evergreen Promenade
Mariano's, which opened a popular supermarket in Frankfort earlier this summer and has broken ground on a new location in Oak Lawn, last week agreed to open a 75,000-square-foot supermarket as the anchor for the new Evergreen Promenade shopping center in Evergreen Park.
The Evergreen Promenade is a planned 92,500-square-foot plaza on a seven-acre site at 2601 W. 95th St. It will be a joint venture among Inland Real Estate Corp., Dutch pension fund adviser PGGM, IBT Group LLC and Pine Tree Commercial Realty.
Mariano's is owned by Milwaukee-based Roundy's Inc., which has been aggressively adding locations in the Chicago marketplace.
Including the lease signed with Mariano's, Evergreen Promenade is already over 80 percent pre-leased, with another 15 percent of the space currently in negotiation with other national retailers.
Construction is expected to begin this fall and Mariano's estimates it will open in the fall of 2014. Upon completion, the joint venture with PGGM will have the option to acquire 100 percent ownership in the shopping center.