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Train-themed restaurant plans February opening

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Choo Choo Charlie’s, the Kenosha Metra station’s proposed “kid-centric restaurant,” is still waiting for its rails and trains.

The restaurant, a projected launched by Happenings magazine Publisher Frank Carmichael, is scheduled to open in late February without much fanfare.

“The three-year lease has been signed; we have hired a manager and we’re working on the logo,” Carmichael said this week. “We will open it quietly. I’ve been told you always want to open a restaurant quietly. You don’t want to have so many people come in and have the new staff be overwhelmed.”



Declaring her independence

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Erin Merritt is bolding going where fewer and fewer people are willing to go.

She’s opening an independent pharmacy.

Uline-allied firm buys newly annexed properties along I-94

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Four properties annexed from Paris into Kenosha this year were sold this month to a company with ties to Uline.

Eight parcels across Interstate 94 from where Amazon’s new distribution facility has gone up were annexed into the city, at the landowners’ requests. The other four properties remain with the original owners.

Sports complex to host grand opening events

John Ricchio, owner of Fielder’s Choice Training Facility, located at 4211 Green Bay Road, plans to celebrate the business’ grand opening on Sunday, Oct. 19, with baseball demonstrations. The mutisport complex offers clinics, camps and training staff throughout the year.

Lola’s Fitting Room Co., in Grayslake, Ill., owned by Bex Anderson, has launched a new on-location bra fitting service designed to add convenience and privacy to shopping for intimate apparel.

Blocking break-ins

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Small companies suffer from intrusions into their computer systems, too.

The costs associated with computer and website attacks can run well into the thousands and even millions of dollars for a small company. Many small businesses have been attacked — 44 percent, according to a 2013 survey by the National Small Business Association, an advocacy group. Those companies had costs averaging $8,700.

Uptown Brass Pick ‘n Save property sold to Mich. company

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Wangard Partners Inc., has sold the Uptown Brass Center Pick ‘n Save grocery store building to a Michigan company for $9.25 million and has three other properties at the shopping center up for sale.

The Pick ‘n Save store located on a 5.77-acre tract at 1901 63rd St. was sold to CCG Properties-AD LLC, a Norton Shores, Mich.-based company.

Amazon close to occupancy of first Kenosha building

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The first phase of the Amazon.com facility is expected to come closer to fruition Friday, when the city of Kenosha is to conduct an inspection that would allow the Seattle-based online retailer to begin operations locally.

While company officials would not confirm the actual start date for operations, Brian Wilke, a development coordinator for the city, confirmed the company has submitted an application for occupancy of the 500,000 square-foot building on the site at 11211 Burlington Road, near Interstate 94 and Highway 142.

Rohrman Kenosha Nissan dealership expected to open this week

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Bob Rohrman Auto Group, after two years of battling a wetlands issue in Bristol, is now close to opening Kenosha Nissan, the company’s first Wisconsin store and its third new dealership this month.

The Libertyville, Ill.-based auto conglomerate has 35 dealerships in Illinois and Indiana and plans to have five new stores by the end of next year. It opened a Fort Wayne, Ind., store Monday and plans to have the Kenosha County Nissan dealership open for business Thursday, pending an inspection and the awarding of an occupancy permit.

Out on his own

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“I want to put a shingle out, like a doctor in ‘Little House on the Prairie,’” said Dr. Raaid Museitif.

Museitif was born and raised in Kenosha and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison and the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

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