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SNAP FITNESS centers in Chatham, Auburn and Carlinville, and one in Springfield, have a new owner.

Adam Lopez, who took over the Chatham outlet last year, recently acquired the location on the west side of Springfield, as well as the centers in Auburn and Carlinville. Lopez, president of the Springfield School Board and a representative for Country Financial, said last week the previous owners for the three newly acquired locations decided to sell after moving out of state.

"We're going to be updating them," Lopez said. "They'll have a whole new look."

Lopez said the Snap Fitness at 1929 W. Iles Ave. will relocate this summer to a retail strip center near Del's Popcorn in the Parkway Pointe shopping center. The franchise also has a separately owned facility at 1362 Toronto Road in Springfield.

Plans are to update the Springfield facility as part of the move and to remodel the Auburn and Carlinville centers this fall.

The local fitness market has rapidly expanded the last few years, but Lopez said he believes there still is room for membership growth, especially in the 24-hour access market.

"People like the 24-7 hours. It's really become a trend," said Lopez, who added that he plans to lower rates. Lopez' father, Mike, is village president in Jerome

According to the company website,, there are now more than 2,000 Snap Fitness clubs in 18 countries.

Still no final decision on the GORDMANS at 3231 S. Veterans Parkway in Springfield, according to an update last week from new owners Stage Stores Inc. The Springfield Gordmans is among leases acquired by the Houston-based company, which previously announced plans to operate 50 to 57 Gordmans locations.

Stores remain open, including in Springfield, while the process is completed. Stage Stores operates nearly 800 department stores in 38 state. Beals, Goody's, Stage, Peebles and Palais Royal are among the company brand names. There are Goody's stores in Lincoln, Jacksonville and Taylorville.

The Springfield Gordmans opened in 2002. The parent company filed for bankruptcy in March.

VICTORIA'S SECRET is relocating and expanding at White Oaks Mall.

The retailer is remodeling more than 9,500 square feet in the upper-level Dick's Sporting Goods wing. In addition to a new look, the retailer will add a PINK storefront of lingerie for college-age women. An August opening is planned.

OFF THE WALL also opened recently on the lower level of the mall between Macy's and LA Fitness. The retailer features NASCAR merchandise, sporting merchandise, jewelry, belts and buckles, wallets, flags, black-light posters and related products.

The ALDI store at 2075 Mount Zion Road in Decatur reopened Thursday with the company's new look, including layout and design, natural lighting, open ceilings and use of recycled materials in construction.

Aldi announced plans in February to invest $1.6 billion in store updates nationwide, including approximately $13 million on 11 stores in the Springfield, Decatur and Champaign markets. A company spokeswoman said last week renovation of the Springfield stores is scheduled for 2018.

REBOUND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS, a drug-addiction treatment center, has opened at 435 W. Washington St. in Springfield. Michael Reeves, a licensed social worker and addiction counselor, is the owner. The phone number is 210-2476. The website is

An apartment complex with 17, 12-unit complexes on 15 acres is scheduled for a May 17 hearing at the Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission. According to a project outline submitted to the commission, the site for PLEASANT PARK APARTMENTS is on the south side of Wabash Avenue, east of Ash Grove Drive.

CASEY'S convenience store chain has announced plans to expand sales of E15 and E85 at 17 locations in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas, including at the Thortons convenience store chain in Illinois. Sales locations are available at

Ribbon cutting through The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce:

n ILLINOIS BRICK CO. (former Nelch & Son), 800 S. Ninth St.; May 24.

At city Building and Zoning:

n DAVITA DIALYSIS, 600 North Grand Ave. W.; new construction.

n SHELTER MUTUAL INSURANCE, 3167 Robbins Road; remodel.

n SPRINGFIELD PSYCHOLOGICAL CENTER, 3416 Liberty Drive; new construction.

n DOLLAR GENERAL, 2117 Clear Lake Ave.; new construction.

n PANDA EXPRESS, 2730 N. Dirksen Parkway; new construction.

n PRAIRIE CAPITAL CONVENTION, 1 Convention Plaza; Bank of Springfield signage.

- Contact Tim Landis: [email protected], 788-1536, Listen to his WUIS/SJ-R business report Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning on WUIS 91.9 FM, 89.3 FM and, or online at

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