Naperville Now 04-07-17

Vacancy Filled

Today the City of Naperville announced they have found a tenant for the long vacant, former Menards located near the intersection of Ogden Avenue and Jefferson. Patel Brothers, a nationally-known Indian grocery chain, will be redeveloping the property into a shopping plaza complete with a grocery store, salon and clothing retailers. The development has a tentative opening date of August 2017 and expects to hire over 60 new employees.

Liquor Update

Yesterday, the Naperville Liquor Commission once again discussed allowing qualifying restaurants in Downtown Naperville to sell alcohol on Municipal land, namely sidewalks in front of their establishments. After hearing from city staff and the restaurant association, commissioners decided to review the ordinance again at their May meeting, where they are expected to vote on it. If passed by the commission, the ordinance will go to City Council for final approval.

Holi Festival

Tomorrow, Naperville will be covered in color as Holi – The Festival of Colors takes place, celebrating the beginning of Spring! Hosted by the Simply Vedic Cultural Society, the event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grand Pavilion in Downtown Naperville, near Centennial Beach. The festivities are free and open to the public, with throwing powder and food available for purchase.

Girls Softball

Although many outdoor games were cancelled yesterday due to Wednesday’s rain, Benet Academy softball was able to get the field ready to host Naperville Central. It was a back and forth offensive battle all afternoon. The Redwings took a 3-1 lead after the first inning, with both teams trading runs throughout the game. Naperville Central took the lead with a four run 7th inning, before Redhawks senior Savanna Schmitz ended the game with a diving grab in the outfield, securing the 10-5 victory.

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