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Re: Area Businesses Closing

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:03 am

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Openings, closings, menu changes: A recap of retail, restaurant news from first half of 2019

By Mary Shown South Bend Tribune Jul 5, 2019


It’s hard to believe, but we are already halfway through 2019 and so much has happened with retail and restaurant businesses in our area. I thought this would be a good time to recap just how much as happened.

Please note that these points are organized by the calendar month in which they occurred or were announced. I did my very best to include everything, but this is not a comprehensive list.


The acquisition of Martin’s Super Markets by Michigan-based grocer SpartanNash was finalized the week of Jan. 4. The publicly-traded grocery distributor announced the deal to purchase 21 Martin’s stores in November 2018. The proposed Martin’s project at the 300 E. LaSalle building has currently hit a roadblock while, the Martin’s to be a part of the Great Lakes Capital development in Elkhart’s new River District has progressed with plans to finish by spring 2020.
MOD Pizza opened along County Road 6 East in Elkhart. The new fast-casual restaurant specializes in customized artisan pizza
Hardee’s in South Bend opened at 223 W. Ireland Road.
Coach’s Sports Bar and Grill announced it would be family friendly and offer a new barbecue menu in early January. The restaurant and bar then announced last month it will cease restaurant operations and new Italian restaurant, Osteria Bari would take over its kitchen.
Cinemark Movies 6 multiplex theater on University Drive in Mishawaka was demolished.
Coogars Lounge, located at 318 Union St., in Mishawaka, closed in December 2018 and will soon become craft beer lounge Hop Station. The new bar will open Friday.
Nom Nom Pho at 213 N. Main St., in South Bend began offering a new menu with items that include ramen, nom nom spicy tacos and tom yum noodles.
OttaRamen opened with several pop-up opportunities. The ramen restaurant has hosted temporary openings throughout the year at different locations.
Blown Away, a salon that offers hair styling and makeup services, opened at 239 W. University Drive in Mishawaka near the University Park Mall.
Lincolnway Cafe closed Jan. 13. The restaurant consolidated with Yellow Cat Cafe in downtown South Bend. The building at 2524 Lincoln Way W. in Mishawaka is now Gio’s Pancake House, which opened in April.
Southside South Bend Steak ’n Shake, 1315 E. Ireland Road, closed. Officials originally said the restaurant was closed for remodeling, but the decision to vacate plans was made in March.
Bruno’s Pizza at 2610 Prairie Ave. in South Bend closed. The restaurant never reopened and founder Bruno Cataldo died in March.
City Wide Liquors opened a new store inside the eastern portion of the J.C. Lauber building, 504 E. LaSalle Ave., South Bend.
Claeys Candy, 525 S. Taylor St., turned 100. The candy business is known for creating hard candies, fudge and Chocolate Charlie.
Target at 1400 E. Ireland Road, South Bend, announced it will be remodeled. The project is part of a nationwide effort to remodel more than 1,000 stores across the country by 2020.
Costco Wholesale, 515 E. University Drive, Mishawaka, filed plans to expand its gas station from eight pumps to 12.
J.C. Penney announced it will no longer carry appliances or furniture in its stores after Feb. 28.
The Wholesale Package opened its cafe in the former First National Bank, 101 E. Mishawaka Ave.
The Starbucks Coffee at 4515 Lincoln Way E., near Bittersweet Road in Mishawaka opened. The building was once an Applebee’s Restaurant and has been transformed into the coffee spot and a Verizon store.
Payless ShoeSource announced it will shutter all U.S. stores by May. There were eight locations in the Michiana area.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit announced it will open a new location at 103 E. University Drive in Mishawaka’s north side. Officials said the new restaurant is set to open this month.
Uptown Pizza, 100 E. Ferry St., Berrien Springs opened.
Formal wear dress store Rock the Runway opened in the former Ulta Beauty location at the University Park Mall.
Big Lots opened in the former Kmart spot at McKinley Commons in Mishawaka. The store left its former location at Town & Country Shopping Centre after 28 years.
Remedy opened in March at the former Rack House Tavern and Grill building, 1902 South Bend Ave.
Things Remember closed its kiosk at the University Park Mall in Mishawaka after the company declared bankruptcy.
Charlotte Russe declared bankruptcy and announced it would close all of its 500 stores, including the one at University Park Mall.
New You Oasis, an alternative therapy business, opened at 910 E. Ireland Road, South Bend.
Construction began for a new Jimmy Johns at 12782 Indiana 23, near Adams Road in Granger.
Better World Books closed its retail store at 215 S. Main St., Goshen. Fables Bookshop announced it will open there later this summer.
Lights of India closed at 123 N. Michigan St. in downtown South Bend.
9 Rounds kickboxing gym opened at 1214 E. University Drive, Granger.
Aldi at 210 W. Douglas Road in Mishawaka announced it will close in September for renovations.
Bakery Love and Macarons announced plans to open a South Bend location.
Iron Shoe Distillery, 3 N. Third St., Niles opened.
Iggy’s Pizza, formerly known as Pizza Pie Hole, opened at 12980 Indiana 23, Granger, in the Martin’s Super Market plaza.
DC Meats announced plans to sell its South Bend Farmer’s Market booth.
Half Priced Books announced it will be coming to 5610 Grape Road, Mishawaka, by fall 2019.
Iron Muscle and Fitness opened 602 S. State St. in North Liberty.
Hydraulic Ale Works in Elkhart opened at 333 Nibco Parkway, Elkhart.
Mishawaka Art & Frame Gallery relocated to 4305 Lincoln Way E., Mishawaka.
Chicory Cafe announced plans to open a second location in Mishawaka, as well as an event space called Chicory Event Center. The cafe and banquet space opened in June at 114 W. First St.
Dunkin’ Donuts announced it is coming to Mishawaka this fall at the Shoppes on Grape plaza near the intersection of Grape and Douglas roads.
Toscana Pizza and Pasta has new owners and has moved to 2046 South Bend Ave.
OneFourteen in Mishawaka closed at 114 Lincoln Way.
Skin care company Lavelier opened at the University Park Mall in the former Shi shoes storefront.
Crazy 8, Gymboree and Charlotte Russe closed at the University Park Mall. All three national businesses declared bankruptcy in recent years.
C’est La Vie Cakes announced it will open a storefront at 1724 N. Ironwood Drive, South Bend. A grand opening event will be Tuesday.
Amazon confirmed plans for a South Bend delivery center at Adams and Mayflower roads, as part of a Great Lakes Capital business park.
Sanaa Chocolates announced plans to open a retail store at Town and Country Shopping Centre.
Manjares de Mexico replaced Mishawaka Grill in the Town and Country Shopping Centre. The restaurant sports a new menu, but has the same owners.
University Park Mall officials opened a “popup incubator” in the former Crazy 8 store near the food court.
A developer announced the former Dainty Maid Bake Shop, 231 S. Michigan St., South Bend, will be transformed into collaborative entertainment space for retailers and restaurants. Developer Ben Miller hopes to open the space by September. Breakfast restaurant Baker and Rose will be a tenant after leaving the Emporium building.
The City of Mishawaka hosted its first farmers market at Central Park. The market will be held every Sunday through Sept. 8.
Dollar Tree opened a new store in the former St. Vincent de Paul location, 2302 South Bend Ave.
A new Dairy Queen will be at the intersection of Summit Drive and Western Avenue in South Bend. Signs at the restaurant say “opening soon” and employees are currently going through training.
Construction on a new Culver’s restaurant at 1410 S. 11th St., Niles, began.
Twisted String boutique reopened after remodeling at 203 S. Main St., Elkhart.
Main Street Grille in downtown Mishawaka closed after 22 years of business.
New botanical retailer Seventh Sense opened a kiosk in the University Park Mall.
Dressbarn announced it will close all of its 650 stores, including ones in South Bend and Mishawaka.
DeliaMar Mega Shop opened at 2016 W. Franklin St., Elkhart. The store sells gift items, pinatas, mattress sets, furniture and more.
CrazeVR, a virtual reality lounge at 2560 S. Cleveland Ave. in St. Joseph opened.
Once Upon a Child, 4024 Elkhart Road, Goshen is renovated after 10 years of business.
Rise’n Roll at 440 W. Jefferson St. in Plymouth opened. Franchise owner Dan Chamberlin said he is concentrating on opening the Plymouth store before focusing on a south-side South Bend location.
Owners of pop-up restaurant Bantam Diner announced it will close on July 19. The restaurant opened last November at L Street Kitchen in downtown South Bend.
Mango Cafe owners announced they will take over 123 N. Michigan Street in downtown South Bend and open their second restaurant this fall.
New Italian restaurant Fanellos opened in the former Carlucci’s Pizzaria Mishawaka’s 100 Center.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 326 W. Ireland Road, South Bend, is being remodeled. It will be closed from July 8-17.
Chick-fil-A, 5517 N. Main St., Mishawaka, will be closed for eight weeks for renovations beginning this Friday.
Chuck E. Cheese, 822 W. McKinley Ave., Mishawaka, will undergo renovations but will remain open during the construction.
Bourbon Street Pizza opened at 902 S. Twyckenham Drive, South Bend.
Tinder box moved to 112 Lincoln Way E. in downtown Mishawaka and is now called Heff’s Place
Gift and stationery store, The Imagination Spot, opened at 108 E. Washington St. in downtown Goshen.
Culver’s Restaurant is coming to South Bend at 52733 Indiana 933, south of Darden Road. Franchise owner hopes the restaurant will be open by fall.
The Lauber Kitchen and Bar opened in the J.C. Lauber building, 504 E Lasalle Ave., South Bend.
New Nappannee restaurant Rue152 opened at 152 W. Market St.
National retail company H&M announced it will open a store in Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets in Michigan City this fall.
Mary Shown’s column runs every Wednesday and Sunday. Contact her at or call 574-235-6244. You can also talk retail at and at Sign up for the weekly Market Basket newsletter at ... 4e80d.html
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Re: Area Businesses Closing and Opening

Postby Happy Mom » Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:28 pm

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Restaurant incubator coming to South Bend's East Bank
By Mary Shown South Bend Tribune 8 hrs ago


For years, prospective restaurateurs have called South Bend developer Dave Matthews asking for help in opening their own businesses. But when Matthews would question them on the logistics behind the business plans, they didn’t know where to begin.

That got Matthews thinking that maybe there was an opportunity to provide a steppingstone for the entrepreneurs. As a result, he’s taken the atrium of both the Commerce Center and Emporium building in the East Bank neighborhood near downtown South Bend and created what he calls a restaurant incubator.

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“We want to build up South Bend, so we take somebody who has no experience, no financial resources and get them skilled in a business management environment that is not so overwhelming that it crushes them,” Matthews said. “Our goal is to create a feeder so those who have figured it out and done well, they can grow a business and level up and get a place hopefully with us or some place downtown and have a full-service restaurant.”

The model is similar to other pop-up concepts in which small business owners temporarily fill existing space to try out business models without being tied down with large financial investments. But what is different in this case, Matthews says, is there won’t be a fixed rental fee. Instead, the six business owners that fill the spaces only have to worry about the cost of utilities and food and the volume of their sales.

“Everything is month to month and within those months, we are checking in to see how things are going and coaching and giving advice and see what we need to adjust and how we can make things easier,” Matthews said. “Instead of paying a fixed rent, (tenants) are paying their utilities and a 10 percent of their gross sales goes to rent.”

Matthews first tried the model with cafe Baker and Rose that opened within the atrium of the Emporium building in June 2018. The cafe became so popular after a year of operation that owners Kevin and Colleen Lawler announced plans to move into a larger space in the former Dainty Maid building in downtown South Bend later this year. That, Matthews said, is the goal behind all of this.

Matthews has currently built out shells of five booths, all differing in size, with white subway ceramic tiles and wood countertops in the atrium of the Commerce Center building at 401 E. Colfax Ave. So far, three restaurants have expressed interest in filling the spaces as soon as the project is complete by the end of the summer. Two more spaces are available in the building, with one that is large enough to hold a liquor license. A sixth space will fill the Emporium building where Baker and Rose once stood. Matthews says no one has signed a lease yet because the project is still months away from completion.

“This is not a big project so with small projects it’s tough to get workers,” Matthews said. “We would like to get it done even faster.”

When the booths do open, customers can choose which vendor to try and sit at shared tables. There are plans for outdoor seating, as well. Matthews hopes that this isn’t just a spot for lunch for the 600 people that come and go from the Commerce Center for other business, but that it also becomes a place to try something new for dinner.

“It’ll be a nice space to bring people from South Bend here and let them try. Our goal is for them to be successful, be happy and stay open and say they need more space to do more business,” he said. “Everybody is profiting when you do well and if you do lousy, then everyone suffers together.”

Niles Brewing Co. shifts to Main Street
Because of government shutdown delays and fire-suppression issues, the owner of Niles Brewing Co. has decided to not locate the new business in the former Niles Elks Lodge at 104 N. Third Street, but instead will open along the main strip of downtown Niles.

Owner Brandon Townsley purchased the new location for his brewery at 206 E. Main St. last Wednesday and hopes to open by the end of the year. Townsley said he still plans to have about 16 beers on tap with 12 taps pouring of his own brews and the others being ciders and guest beers. Townsley also said there were plans to create a restaurant at the brewery, but his main focus now is to get the taproom started.

“We’ll have updates posted (on social media) as we move along in the process,” Townsley said Friday. “We’ve gotten a lot of support and excitement but want people to understand that the process just takes time. If I could, I would already be open, but legally, you have to go through the proper channels.”

Have you heard?
West End Bakery is closed for summer vacation and will reopen July 15. ... Sassy’s Burger Shack and Indulgence Pastry Shop have permanently closed. A note on the business’ website says the closure went into effect July 1. ... Hop Station Craft Bar opened Friday in the former Coogars Lounge at 318 Union St., in Mishawaka. Keep an eye out for a future Market Basket column about the new bar. ... Menard’s on the south side of South Bend is progressing in its construction. The store, at 4640 South St. Joseph St., has most of its exterior construction complete, while interior work is still being done, a spokesman with the Wisconsin-based company said. Hiring will begin this month, but no official opening date has been announced. Officials anticipate an early fall opening at the new store. The 902 Erskine Plaza store will remain open until that time.

Mary Shown’s column runs every Wednesday and Sunday. Contact her at or call 574-235-6244. You can also talk retail at and at Sign up for the weekly Market Basket newsletter at ... bnjhtP7lg4
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Re: Area Businesses Closing

Postby Happy Mom » Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:35 pm

Scotty’s Brewhouse abruptly closes in Mishawaka

By Jon Zimney - July 21, 20190


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After more than five years in operation in Mishawaka, Scotty’s Brewhouse closed its doors.

The sports bar chain closed, without notice to customers, late Friday, July 19.

Scotty’s Brewhouse had filed for bankruptcy protection and had previously closed several other locations, but left the Main Street restaurant open, and a few others throughout the state.

A 95.3 MNC listener wrote that a friend of hers worked at the restaurant and closed it on Friday. The listener wrote that her friend arrived for work on Saturday to find the doors locked.

The building was formerly occupied by Max & Erma’s. ... mishawaka/
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Re: Area Businesses Closing

Postby OldFud » Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:05 pm

The new Menards megastore at SE corner of Ireland Road and U.S. 31 is due to open about second week of September. It takes about 3 months to stock products into a store of that size. This opening should give South Bend's South side a badly-needed boost . . .

The present Menards in the Miami Road Martin's plaza will close in September.
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Re: Area Businesses Closing

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:11 pm

Mishawaka Sears among 26 stores closing around the nation
by WSBT 22Tuesday, August 6th 2019


MISHAWAKA — 26 Sears and Kmart stores are closing around the nation, and the Sears at University Park Mall in Mishawaka is among them.

Company officials outlined the changes in a press release, saying they are opting to accelerate expansion of smaller store formats. The local Sears Auto Center will close in late August.

Liquidation sales are expected to begin around August 15, while closing will happen in late October. ... UxWoIVkKo4
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Re: Area Businesses Closing

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:16 am

Granite City closes their doors at the University Park Mall
By Tommie Lee -October 29, 20190
The doors are locked at a Mishawaka restaurant.

The Granite City Brewery location in the University Park Mall has permanently closed their doors after 11 years.

A letter on the door sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience and thanks their customers for their loyalty and support.

The Grape Road eatery is no longer listed on the corporate website. No reason has been given for the abrupt closure of the popular brewery and eatery. ... qrFtFfqm6Y
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