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Viewfinder: Vacant Storefronts Show Grim Reality of Business in Des Plaines

After the abrupt closing of Cheeseburger in Paradise, Des Plaines Patch decided to survey the city to see how many other storefronts and businesses had been closed. Here are some of those photos. Stay tuned for more next week.

Robert April 08, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Instead of concentrating on TIF's that get rid of existing businesses, why don't these officials concentrate on getting businesses to come to Des Plaines? The city should help existing businesses also. For example, the Jewel on Lee and Oakton street has always been a popular store since the 1960's, but it is very cramped inside. Why does the city make a offer to expand Jewel by occupying the vacant stores fronts?
Phil Heller April 09, 2011 at 02:30 AM
Bills Pet Shop was around here and Montgomery Wards and O'Brien Florist.
Phil Heller April 09, 2011 at 02:37 AM
Internet shopping has killed downtown and mall areas unfortunately. ....rents and taxes. Big Box Stores like Best Buy are not doing any better, while Amazon and Costco are growing. Super Value and Convenience is the theme in my opinion.
Lisa Cisneros April 09, 2011 at 07:21 AM
I know...it's so sad. I almost cried when I walked into my local Borders right before it closed. How can someone "browse" for books online? People are just getting lazier and lazier...on the bright side a few new businesses have/are coming to Des Plaines so we are going to be featuring those this week as well! We'll also be featuring a music store that has been in Des Plaines for more than 30 years!

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