Bank eye­ing old Shop ’n Save site; new place to get fried chicken

Belleville News-Democrat - - Front Page - BY CARA AN­THONY can­[email protected] Staff writer Kavahn Man­souri con­trib­uted to this re­port.

The for­mer home of Shop ‘n Save in Collinsville may soon be­come the new head­quar­ters of FCB Banks.

Es­tab­lished as First Collinsville Bank in 1990, FCB has a pend­ing con­tract to pur­chase the va­cated gro­cery store lo­cated at 717 Van­dalia St, City Man­ager Mitchell E. Bair said Fri­day.

The Collinsville City Coun­cil will con­sider the bank's re­zon­ing re­quest Mon­day night. Bair ex­pects to the re­quest to be ap­proved.

The move would even­tu­ally bring 100 pro­fes­sional and ad­min­is­tra­tive jobs.

“We are very ex­cited for this pro­ject as it is a tremen­dous boost to the com­mu­nity as it brings in pro­fes­sional jobs to Collinsville and will al­low our res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity of em­ploy­ment and those em­ploy­ees will fre­quent Collinsville busi­nesses,” Bair wrote in an email.

“It is great to see a home­town com­pany like FCB Banks come home and along with Ameren Illi­nois Cor­po­rate Head­quar­ters in East­port that Collinsville is a fan­tas­tic place to do busi­ness and to have cen­tral­ized op­er­a­tions.”

Shop ‘n Save in Collinsville closed last Au­gust after its par­ent com­pany Su­per­valu Inc. an­nounced plans to sell the gro­cery chain.

Five Shop 'n Save stores in South­ern Illi­nois be­came Sch­nucks lo­ca­tions, but the Collinsville store along with three oth­ers were left va­cant.

Bair said FCB did not re­ceive any in­cen­tives from the city ahead of the deal. No bank­ing branches are ex­pected to close as a re­sult of the move, Bair said. The head­quar­ters build­ing may in­clude a park­ing lot ATM ma­chine, Bair said.

“This is more than a home run,” Bair said. “It's a grand slam.”

The city is still pur­su­ing a new ma­jor gro­cery-chain for the area. Wal­mart Neigh­bor­hood Mar­ket opened at at 1101 Belt Line Rd. in Collinsville in 2017.

SPIN-N-CAFE BRINGS NEW FRIED CHICKEN OP­TION TO HIGH­LAND

Fried chicken lovers have a new op­tion in High­land, in the form of the Spin-N-Cafe, lo­cated at 201 Wal­nut St.

The new restau­rant, fea­tur­ing food from Krispy Krunchy Chicken, a fried chicken fran­chise, opened in mid-De­cem­ber after strip mall owner Sur­juit “Sunny” Tut's ad­di­tion pro­ject was com­pleted.

Tut, the owner of Tut Prop­er­ties Inc., High­land Liquor and Food Mark and High­land Laun­dro­mat, said the new restau­rant was a way to give peo­ple in High­land some dif­fer­ent op­tions. He said, so far, it's bring­ing in a lot of new faces.

“Peo­ple are ex­cited about some­thing dif­fer­ent,” Tut said.

Krispy Krunchy Chicken of­fers orders of fried chicken, Ca­jun ten­ders, fried shrimp, ca­jun fish, sand­wiches and many sides through Spin-NCafe. Tut said he plans to add more op­tions to the menu as time goes on.

The ad­di­tion was con­structed at 213 Wal­nut St., where a di­lap­i­dated home and garage once stood. It is con­nected to the liquor and food mart and Tut's laun­dro­mat.

Tut said he bought the prop­erty in 2017 with the idea of adding a restau­rant fran­chise. He said he looked at sev­eral fran­chises be­fore mak­ing the de­ci­sion, he said.

He dis­cov­ered Krispy Krunchy Chicken at a con­ve­nience store while on a trip to Ken­tucky with friends. He said they liked it so much, he knew he wanted to bring it to High­land.

“They were crazy about it,” Tut said.

In ad­di­tion to the new eatery, Tut has added a gam­ing area and a small bar which he says will open this week. Both the bar and gam­bling are open un­til 1 a.m. on week­ends.

Spin-N-Cafe is open Sun­day through Thurs­day, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fri­day and Sat­ur­day 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

NEW SEAFOOD RESTAU­RANT CHANGES NAME, OWN­ER­SHIP BE­FORE RE­OPEN­ING

The road to open­ing day hasn't been easy, but the for­mer home of Joe's Crab Shack in Fairview Heights is still ex­pected to be­come a new seafood restau­rant.

The new restau­rant, briefly known as Juicy Crab, will re­open has “Jack Crab” at the end of month with a new sign out front and new own­ers at the helm. It is lo­cated at 51 Lud­wig Drive.

Will and Joanna Chan took over in De­cem­ber after Jack Chan, a first-time busi­ness owner from New York, backed out of the busi­ness.

“It's a long story,” Jack Chan said when asked about the change in own­er­ship be­fore open­ing.

Jack Chan in­tended to open the restau­rant as Juicy Crab, but after a num­ber of mishaps with his sign and the threat of le­gal ac­tion from a Ge­or­gia com­pany with the same name, he gave up.

Will and Joanna Chan hope to open the restau­rant at the end of Jan­uary after pass­ing health de­part­ment in­spec­tions.

Joanna said the restau­rant is named after Jack Chan who ren­o­vated and reimag­ined the space.

CARA AN­THONY can­[email protected]

Shop ‘n Save in Collinsville closed in Au­gust 2018.

KAVAHN MAN­SOURI kman­[email protected]

Spin-N-Cafe in High­land of­fers fried chicken, chicken wings, a host of sides and more.

TERI MAD­DOX

Juicy Crab is sup­posed to re­place the for­mer Joe’s Crab Shack restau­rant in Fairview Heights this fall, but the prop­erty still has the old signs, cov­ered win­dows and dump­sters in the park­ing lot.

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