Machesney Park, a Destination for New Retailers
Rue 21 Tops the List of New Businesses to Open Stores in Machesney Park
The number of places to shop in the northern Rockford area is growing. With the completion of the West Lane Route 173 improvement project, Machesney Park’s primary retail corridor is enjoying the benefits of five lanes of new pavement, providing easy access and appealing traffic patterns to new retailers.
Apparel retailer RUE 21 has opened at Machesney Crossings in the space previously occupied by Hancock Fabrics. The ‘fast fashion’ retailer is one of the fastest growing in the United States, with over 1,100 stores nationwide. RUE 21 is a champion in the ever-changing world of fashion, and they focus on giving their customers an opportunity to express themselves through what they wear.
“RUE 21 has hired 15 store associates and 2 managers, and is continuing the hiring process,” said Machesney Park Mayor Jerry Bolin. The Machesney Park store, which was relocated from Johnsburg, opened on August 25th . The store’s grand opening is currently underway. Hancock Fabrics’ closure came as a result of the company’s shuttering of its remaining 185 nation-wide stores through bankruptcy earlier this year. “ATI Physical Therapy and All About Eyes have also opened new stores in an attractive glass and stone-clad retail building at the southwest corner of Route 173 and Alpine Road,” said Mayor Bolin, who applauded First Midwest Group, the developer and property owner, “They really did a nice job with the building and they’re leasing space to desirable retailers that will support the needs of area residents.”
All About Eyes, which recently opened in mid-July, has three employees and is enjoying success in Machesney Park.
“These new store openings are great examples of why Machesney Park is the place to be, the place to stay, and the place to do business,” said Bolin.
The new retailers join a wave of other businesses that have recently made investments in Machesney Park, including Kay Jewelers, Noodles & Company, Sleepy’s, and Meijer, which opened a 190,000 square-foot store at Perryville and Route 173 in 2015.