The Shoppes in RI opens new store, more on the way


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Posted Online: Jan. 09, 2013, 9:55 pm
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By Eric Timmons etimmons@qconline.com
An experiment to bring more retail to downtown Rock Island may prove successful.

Located in the heart of The District, The Shoppes on 2nd now has three stores, with a fourth to open soon, and two other tenants on the way. A Renaissance Rock Island project designed to incubate new retail businesses for the city, the Shoppes held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for Good Karma Shirt Company, the latest tenant to join the development at1700 2nd Ave.

Lindsay O'Brien, who owns Good Karma Shirt Company, said she would have found it difficult to get her business off the ground anywhere else. "My rent is subsidized for the first three years and I wouldn't have been able to do this without the support from the program," she said.

Most importantly, Ms. O'Brien said customers were spending, giving her confidence her business will prosper.

In addition to subsidized rent, the tenants at The Shoppes receive marketing support from Renaissance, whose president, Brian Hollenback, said The Shoppes dovetailed with the effort to create more downtown living spaces in Rock Island.

Several new downtown apartment developments have been launched in recent years.

"The whole purpose of this is to grow our retail base in downtown Rock Island," Mr. Hollenback said.

At Wednesday's ribbon-cutting, he pointed across the street from The Shoppes to 1705 2nd Ave., where District Market, a grocery store, will soon open.

Rock Island Ald. Joy Murphy, 6th Ward, has been a proponent of encouraging more retail growth downtown.

The Shoppes can be key to growing the retail base by nursing small retailers through the difficult early stages of creating a business, she said.

In addition to Good Karma, The Shoppes also is home to Vivian's Vintage Varieties and QC Collective. The newest tenant, Zola's Gallery, should soon open its doors, Mr. Hollenback said.

There are two other pending applications from tenants for The Shoppes, which if successful would bring the six-unit development to capacity.

Renaissance Rock Island took ownership of the building that houses The Shoppes in 2011. Mr. Hollenback said the building had been vacant for about 10 years.

The Shoppes on 2nd Street are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. onSaturday and are closed Sunday and Monday.

















 



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  Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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