STERLING – Drum roll, please:
Hobby Lobby will be the new anchor at the west end of the Northland Mall, Brookwood Capital Advisors, owner of the mall, announced today.
[ Free workds for them: Sterling mall abuzz with new business ventures. ]
It will occupy the entire space, formerly a Bergner department store, after completing a multimillion-dollar rebuild, said Brookwood leasing manager Lydia Chernitsky-Hamd.
The renovation is underway and the store will likely open in January, she said.
This will be the arts, crafts and home decor provider’s 42nd store in Illinois. The closest outlets to the Sauk Valley are in Rockford, Peru, and Moline; there is also a store across the Mississippi River in Clinton, Iowa. Go to https://www.hobbylobby.com/ to learn more.
Midwest Furniture will open in the next month or two in the former JCPenney location at the east end of the mall, anchoring that end, Chernitsky-Hamd said. Dunham’s remains the other major retailer in the center of Northland.
Complementing the new local retailers will be a vintage resale store owned by Lynn and Ed Berge called Out of the Box, which will offer collectibles and furniture, she said.
His Facebook page can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/outsidetheboxvintage.
When Hobby Lobby opens, the mall will be essentially at 100% capacity, Chernitsky-Hamd said.
It was 70% when Tennessee-based Brookwood bought the mall at 2900 E. Lincolnway in late January for $1.7 million.
He immediately offered new tenants 6 months free rent to help them establish their business. More than a dozen took advantage of the offer.
The toy store
Emmie B’s Shop
Boutique Janet & June
Flip Side Coffee and Espresso Bar
State of mind
Exit the schnapps
4 never paid
Arcade and Bugsy Games
High beauty supply
A Facebook page and a telephone number are in preparation.