New building proposed for Algonquin strip mall

8,000-square-foot building would house Kay Jewelers, Sleepy's

ALGONQUIN – A developer has plans to add to the shopping center at the southwest corner of Randall Road and Harnish Drive.

E.J. Plesko & Associates, based in Madison, Wis., has proposed building an 8,000-square-foot building on 1.86 acres of land between the Chase Bank and the Sonic Drive-In at the Oakridge Court Shopping Center.

The new building is set to house a Kay Jewelers and a Sleepy’s, an East Coast-based mattress chain that has recently expanded into the Chicago area.

Village Board members reviewed the proposed project at their Tuesday meeting of the Committee of the Whole; no action on the proposal was taken at the meeting.

Lee Christensen, a senior associate for E.J. Plesko & Associates, said he expects the building to have 15 to 20 employees for both businesses.

If approved by the Village Board, which could consider it in September, construction would likely begin three to four weeks after that. Work is expected to last three to four months, Christensen said.

The project is estimated to cost about $1.3 million.

Kay would have 2,000 square feet. Sleepy’s would occupy 6,000 square feet.

If approved, used mattresses have to be kept inside the building or within the trash enclosure.

The project will include vehicular cross access to both the Chase Bank and the Sonic Drive-In. Other stores in the Oakridge Court Shopping Center include J.C. Penney, Toys “R” Us and Binney’s.

“The proposed use of this property will provide retail businesses offering convenient and desirable goods and services for residents and visitors in an accessible location,” Teska Associates Senior Planner Todd Vanadilok wrote in a village memo. “The development of this property will also enhance the sales tax revenue and local employment base of the village.”

Trustee Robert Smith had a concern of whether there would be some sort of receiving area with a large enough door for pickups and deliveries at Sleepy’s.

“It makes that very difficult if that’s going to be a bog down for the trucks that will coming in there,” Smith said. “I’m concerned there’s not a big enough door to function if you’re going to be doing deliveries, shipping and receiving.”

Christensen said his company has designed the structure with all the specifications the chain has asked for.

Trustee Jim Steigert said the chain has about 800 stores.

“I would think by now they probably figured out … what works well enough for them,” Steigert said.

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