From K to R in Homer Glen

BOB BONG columnWatseka-based Big R Stores opened its first Chicago-area store last week at 15830 S. Bell Road in Homer Glen in the former Kmart store.
Big R stores cater to owners of small farms, which are still plentiful in the Homer Glen area. The stores carry a wide range of merchandise from clothing and footwear to sporting goods to farm supplies. Most stores also feature rental centers. The Homer Glen store features popular brands, such as Carhartt and Under Armour apparel, Cub Cadet and Stihl power equipment.
It’s the 17th store for the chain; 10 in Illinois and seven in Indiana.
The store created 45 new jobs.
The village approved a sales tax sharing agreement with the retailer for the next 10 years as an inducement. Officials estimate that the new Big R Store will generate more than $100,000 in sales tax revenue for the community each year.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
“The new Big R store will help the village to capture important retail sales currently spent in other Will County communities,” Mayor George Yukich said in a release. “Big R breathes new life into the former Kmart property, at one of our busiest intersections, and will draw new retail customers to Homer Glen from up to 30 miles away.”
“The Morris store is doing really well, and we saw an opportunity to continue investing in the Chicago community,” said Big R CEO Jerry Gibbs. “It’s a great feeling to bring our family-run stores to the south suburbs while creating new jobs. We want to make sure that we always take care of our customers. We want to make sure each customer’s dollar is well spent and that they leave Big R happy and satisfied.”

Tropical Sno now open in Willow Springs
Tropical Sno shaved ice at 8695 S. Archer Road in Willow Springs reopened last week for its seasonal run until around Labor Day.
The popular summer spot is open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Chenchos adds third location
Chenchos Burritos, a Mexican restaurant with locations at 5240 W. 159th St. in Oak Forest and 14207 Bell Road in Homer Glen will open its third location last week at 16731 Oak Park Ave. in the former La Fajita Grill that closed last year in the Ace Hardware plaza.
Hours are expected to be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, from 10 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Dollar Busters closes
Dollar Busters, a dollar store that opened about a year ago at 17133 S. Harlem Ave. in Tinley Park in the Jewel-Osco plaza has left the building. The signage is still up but the store has been cleared out.

Office Depot closes in Cal City
The Office Depot store at 1370 Torrence Ave. in Calumet City closed for good at the end of business last week.

The Music Shop moves into new digs
The Music Shop, which opened in Tinley Park in 1973 and offers music instruction, instruments and service, recently moved from its longtime home at 16705 S. Oak Park Ave. into new digs at 16752 S. Oak Park Ave. Hours and services remain the same. For information, visit the website at

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