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New businesses coming to Algonquin

This rendering shows the retail units going up in the Oakridge Court shopping center in Algonquin.

This rendering shows the retail units going up in the Oakridge Court shopping center in Algonquin.

 

Courtesy of Village of Algonquin

A pair of businesses will occupy this new building under construction east of the JCPenney store on Randall Road in Algonquin.

A pair of businesses will occupy this new building under construction east of the JCPenney store on Randall Road in Algonquin.

 

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

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By Amy E. Williams

It's not another bank, or an auto-parts store, as some had worried.

Many driving past the new building going up along Randall Road in Algonquin in front of JCPenney have been emailing, wondering what it would be. They were hoping for something new in the community.

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The building under construction on the outlot next to Chase Bank, on the west side of Randall near Harnish Drive, is going to be an 8,000-square-foot multi-tenant retail building, said Ben Mason, senior planner with the village of Algonquin.

Presently, two tenants are signed up to occupy the building, he said.

There will be a Kay Jewelers in one half of the building, and a Sleepy's mattress store in the other.

Sleepy's, a mattress retailer based on the East coast that has recently expanded into the Chicago area, will take up 6,000 square feet of the building, Mason said.

Kay's will take up the other 2,000 square feet, he said.

Mason said the new building is expected to be complete in the early spring, with the businesses moving in shortly after that.

"Overall the village is looking forward to having this new building, and businesses add to the many retail options available as part of the Oakridge Court shopping center," Mason said.

He's back already? Elf on the Shelf isn't just for Christmas anymore. Apparently now, your Elf on the Shelf can come back for your birthday. Depending on how many people you have in your family, that sneaky guy could be around several times throughout the year.

This month, Barnes and Noble in Geneva Commons is holding a special reading of a new book called "The Elf on the Shelf, a Birthday Tradition."

The event will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.

The premise of the book is that everyone misses their elf once he leaves after Christmas. And now, with a special request to Santa, he can come back for your birthday, too.

At the event, participants will get to hear a reading of the book.

And even though we just finished with Christmas, they'll get to write a special letter to Santa, too.

Grand reopening: Massage Envy in Geneva Commons is celebrating its grand reopening and expansion next month.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, the business will host a reception at its location in Geneva Commons, 116 Commons Drive.

At 6 p.m., there will be a ribbon-cutting celebrating the reopening and expansion, which owners say will showcase a bigger and better Massage Envy.

At the celebration, there also will be tours of the facility and mini massages. The public is welcome to attend.

The business now is 4,500 square feet with 18 therapy rooms, offering massages, facials and more.

The business is located in the southwest corner of Geneva Commons.

For information, call (630) 208-0100.

Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from Batavia to Crystal Lake. Contact her at randallbiz@comcast.net or (847) 894-5036.

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