Arlington Heights train station newsstand staying open

  • A newsstand in the train station in downtown Arlington Heights will remain open after the village and tenant agreed on a rent reduction.

      A newsstand in the train station in downtown Arlington Heights will remain open after the village and tenant agreed on a rent reduction. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer, 2012

 
 
Posted10/23/2019 12:21 PM

Commuters will still be able to pick up their morning coffee and newspaper at the downtown Arlington Heights train station after a potential closure of its newsstand was averted.

Gateway Newsstand, which operates a shop inside the village-owned station, has been paying $900 monthly rent since opening in 2014. Representatives of Gateway's owner, Tobmar International, said sales have been flat the last three years, and without a reduction in rent, they didn't plan to exercise their five-year lease option.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

So village officials agreed to reduce the monthly rent to $600, keeping the business in place through October 2024.

In a memo to the village board, village staff said if the shop closed, they would have had to issue a request for proposals and negotiate a new lease, assuming there would be interest in the location.

Village staff said Gateway, which is open from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, also provides a presence that enhances security in the station.

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