The Crystal Lake City Council will vote Tuesday night whether to offer a grant to the city’s new Steinhafels furniture store.
The council will vote on a $10,000 Retailer Job Creation and Investment Grant for the new superstore at 5846 Route 14.
The program was instituted in 2011 as a tool to help attract new businesses, according to city documents. It provides matching grant funding to companies that occupy vacant space, hire new full-time or part-time employees, or install eligible furniture, fixtures and equipment.
“This matching grant program was discussed with Steinhafels representatives during our first conversations with their team and was part of their decision to make Crystal Lake part of their company profile,” according to city documents.
The furniture and mattress store opened its doors in February at the 100,000-square-foot space that used to house a Kmart store.
“It’s going really good, and we’re excited to see so much traffic in the store,” general manager Christina Weyers had said. “People are excited. They’ve been watching us being built for months now. It’s exciting to get people in here to see the products in our showroom.”
The Crystal Lake location is the Wisconsin-based company’s second Illinois store. The other northern Illinois location is in Vernon Hills.
The new store is divided into sections, including dining, mattresses, reclining and hospitality. There also is an outlet space with discounted floor models and out-of-season offerings. It sits next to a new T.J. Maxx and Ulta Beauty cosmetics shop.
The Retailer and Manufacturer Job Creation and Investment Program has $80,000 budgeted for fiscal 2019, and this is the second application for the program this year, so there are sufficient funds for the grant, according to city documents.
The City Council unanimously voted to award Chicago Plastic Systems a $10,000 grant in December.
“It’s fantastic,” company President Leif Heggem said after the vote. “We really feel welcomed here.”