It’s Your Business | Tuscola Home Center sold; owners retiring | Restaurants

Tuscola Dwelling Center has been sold to Graber Constructing Supply, powerful Sept. 1.

Present Tuscola Property Centre house owners Jim and Kay Higgins are retiring — at age 78 and immediately after 52 several years in company, Jim Higgins mentioned.

“It was time,” he mentioned. “We at last understood it was time.”

Jim Higgins stated he’s agreed to continue to be on soon after the sale to aid with the changeover, “long ample to get almost everything squared absent.”

The proprietors of Graber, a full-provider lumberyard and components retail outlet small business with destinations in Sullivan and Arcola, could not be achieved.

Tuscola Property Middle employees will continue to be on board after the sale, Higgins mentioned, and his son, Brent, will deal with the retail store.

The enterprise — which has a 50,000-sq.-foot making — presents a full lumberyard major appliances hardware house-developing and -improvement materials these kinds of as flooring and cabinetry and product sales, company and rentals of outdoor tools.

Jim Higgins gained a diploma in engineering and formerly labored in high quality regulate at the former Firestone plant in Decatur in advance of buying the former Western Car retailer in Tuscola and increasing into lumber and components.

Jim Higgins mentioned retirement strategies for him and his spouse include having fun with existence, and possibly undertaking some vacation.


For individuals who have been waiting around for Sweet Basil Cafe to open in the former TGI Friday’s in Champaign, opening day comes Monday.

Standard Manager Jennifer Cooley mentioned the complete constructing at 103 W. Marketview Generate has undergone a remodeling, like the kitchen and dining location, with new tables, chairs and decor.

There are more than enough staff employed to open up, Cooley explained, but choosing is continuing.

The Champaign location of Sweet Basil Cafe, which also has other spots in Skokie, Peoria, Glen Ellyn and Springfield, will be open up from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 times a 7 days.

The cafe is identified for its significant portions, Cooley said, and omelets are well-known for breakfast.

The menu features 15 distinctive forms of omelets, alongside with 10 forms of pancakes, crepes, 4 kinds of egg “scramblers,” 4 kinds of French toast and four forms of stuffed French toast.

Also on the menu are soups, appetizers, salads, horseshoes, wraps, paninis, burgers, 18 kinds of other sandwiches and dinner entrees which include poultry, beef, pork, seafood, pasta and Greek-impressed dishes — furthermore desserts and a youngsters menu.

For sale

The Artwork Theater constructing at 126 W. Church St., C, is for sale for $1.1 million, full with an auditorium, foyer and compact business room (rented to a barber shop) on the very first flooring and 4 apartments or places of work above, in accordance to a latest Fb post by proprietor Kraft Houses.

David Kraft said the theater has been for sale for two decades, “of which coronavirus accounted for the the vast majority of time.”

It experienced been outlined for sale, but no one understands the setting up like he does, Kraft mentioned, “so I feel like I am most skilled to current market the assets.”

Inside of are 200 remaining theater seats and some gear and concession goods, he claimed.

As a two-time Preservation and Conservation Association award winner, Kraft mentioned he’s always been additional of a remodeler than a developer. But if the building remains vacant further than 3 many years, he’ll need to have to take into account other selections — for instance, demolishing the setting up or just the auditorium, he said.

“Adjacent to the metropolis parking garage, the building/good deal should really be desirable,” he claimed.


Blaze Pizza at 2506 N. Prospect Ave., C has shut permanently, according to signs on the developing.

Following is a reaction from the California-primarily based chain to an inquiry about the North Prospect area:

“These areas are briefly shut and the time frame for reopening is even now TBD.”