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McHenry City Administrator Derik Morefield reiterated Monday that as far as he knew, no other stores were closing, and that the city would work with the complex’s management company, DDR Corp., to fill the space if needed.
The 30,364-square-foot space will become the sixth vacant spot at the Shops at Fox River, according to the management company’s website. DDR officials were not available for comment Monday.
Morefield said McHenry has lost retail giants in the past, and it recruited other businesses quickly, such as when Target closed in 2015.
“By the time Target had closed, we identified Big R and got a lease agreement,” Morefield said. “The site was only empty for about nine months while Big R renovated and moved it. … DDR also has locations all over the county, and works with different users and may know who is looking.”
The city works aggressively to keep businesses in town and bring in more, Morefield said.
“We do that every single day,” he said. “Typically as soon as we find out there is going to be a business leaving, we want to do all we can in our power to keep them. If that can’t happen, we work with property owners to identify new users or provide other assistance.”