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Local Business

New shops slated for Algonquin Commons

ALGONQUIN – Several new stores and a Mediterranean restaurant have opened at Algonquin Commons as Williams-Sonoma prepares to close up shop.

The cookware and kitchen gadget retailer's last day at Algonquin Commons will be Jan. 27. Items already have been marked down in advance of the closing. After that, the nearest Williams-Sonoma locations will be in Deer Park and Geneva. Pottery Barn, a home furnishings store owned by Williams-Sonoma Inc., is located several doors down in Algonquin Commons.

Several new additions, including a discount book store and a women's clothing store, will bolster the retail options at the outdoor mall at 1900 S. Randall Road.

Crazy 8, a brand of Gymboree Corp., opened this week at the Algonquin Commons. Crazy 8 sells children's clothing. Gymboree has more than 300 Crazy 8 stores in the U.S. The brand's first store opened in 2007.

Aladdin Mediterranean Grill, a family-owned restaurant serving authentic Mediterranean dishes, opened Friday in a 2,000-square-foot space at the shopping center. Manager Anwar Haq said it was the family's first foray into the restaurant business.

Its menu features a variety of beef and chicken dishes with Persian seasonings served on skewers. There also are seafood and vegetarian offerings such as adas polo, a mix of lentils, raisins, caramelized onions, saffron, and Persian barberry served with rice and vegetables.

Two other retailers plan to open at Algonquin Commons this spring.

Half Price Books, a family-owned book store chain, is scheduled to open in late March or early April, according to the Algonquin Commons website. It will take up space formerly occupied by Borders. Half Price Books sells new and used books, magazines, comics, records, CDs, DVDs and collectibles at 114 retail locations in 16 states.

Torrid, a fashion store for young women sizes 12 and up, is slated to open in mid-March. Torrid is a division of Hot Topic Inc. with more than 155 stores.

Nutritional supplement seller GNC also recently opened a store at Algonquin Commons.

Algonquin Commons is home to more than 70 specialty stores and restaurants, including Dick's Sporting Goods, Gordmans, Ross Dress For Less, Old Navy, OfficeMax, PetSmart, and Trader Joe's. The retail center, which is owned and operated by Inland Real Estate Corp., still has several vacancies.

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