From business openings and closings to plans for the future, here are the business headlines that made a splash in Plainfield in 2012:
- /Nevin's Brewing Set to Open in Plainfield: Many residents were surprised when the Route 59 brewery shuttered last spring — but by summer, plans were in the works to bring a new brew pub, Nevin's Brewing, to the Plainfield location.
- Village Seeks Buyer for Former Baci Building: After a Lockport Street Italian restaurant closed, the village purchased the aging building and, after making some repairs, is looking for an entrepreneur to purchase the site and turn it into a thriving business. The village's decision to buy the building wasn't without controversy; two years after Baci closed its doors, officials continue to look for a buyer.
- Gas Station Plan Gets Pushback from Residents: A proposal to put a gas station — possibly a BP — at the former site of the Go-Tane at Route 30 and Route 59 drew criticism from nearby homeowners. The developer eventually withdrew the proposal; no word on whether it will be resubmitted for consideration at a later date.
- Updated: Strack & Van Til Closing; Liquidation Begins June 21/Tony's Finer Foods Filling Empty Strack Location: Residents reacted to news that the grocery store, which has a Plainfield mailing address but is located in Joliet, would close. A new retailer, Tony's Finer Foods, quickly snapped up the location.
- : Plainfield residents were dismayed to hear the Route 59 Barnes & Noble is slated to close by Dec. 31 — but the news that the property owner is courting Trader Joe's brought some holiday cheer in December.
- Durbin’s Opens Plainfield Location: In August, family run chain Durbin's Pizza came to Plainfield.
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