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Journal Notes: Harvested from the Southwestern Illinois & Metro East ‘grapevine’


The Illinois Business Journal is launching this monthly “Journal Notes” feature, where we will share business-related briefs from all over the Metro East and Southwestern Illinois region. 

New establishments, ribbon cuttings, development updates, what’s coming, and all the verified tidbits being talked about, but maybe not ready for a full news story, can be shared here. 

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Members of the leadership team and staff from Alton Memorial Rehabilitation & Therapy, Bethesda Health Care and Alton Memorial Hospital gathered to cut the ribbon at AMRT’s recent open house to officially mark the celebration of the newly renovated facility and added leadership. (Photo by Melissa Crockett Meske/Illinois Business Journal)

Alton Memorial Rehabilitation & Therapy recently hosted an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate their newly refurbished facility and introduce new members of their leadership team. 

Renovations include new flooring and paint throughout the building. The facility has 64 rooms, with 48 semi-private (shared) rooms and 16 private suites. 

Formerly known as the Eunice Smith Home and located on the edge of Alton Memorial Hospital’s main campus at 1251 College Ave., Alton, for the past 53 years, AMRT offers short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing services as well as private pay/Medicaid long-term care for its permanent residents. Care is provided by Bethesda Health Care in partnership with BJC Healthcare.

Illinois American Water has plans for a new location in Godfrey at 1151 Airport Road. The project, once complete, will become a new operations center for Illinois American Water’s local water and wastewater operations as well as its engineering, safety and water quality teams. The company had planned to break ground in late October or early November with the construction of the new facility projected to be complete by the end of 2023.

Hawaiian Brothers Island Grill opened its second location at 2386 Troy Road in Edwardsville on Oct. 25. A third location, at 1630 W. Highway 50 in O’Fallon, Ill., opened on Oct. 29. Its first St. Louis Metro location opened in Florissant on Oct. 18. The menu features unique choices including a variety of Pacific Island chicken entrees and another favorite, the Luau Pig. To reach the Edwardsville location by phone, call (618) 688-2996.

Nautical Bowls Edwardsville is a new, family-owned and operated small franchise business scheduled to open on Dec. 3 at 2323 Plum Street, Suite 200. Local franchise owners are Joel and Melissa Nimmo. Visit to learn more about the menu and lifestyle behind this brand.

Annie’s Frozen Custard announced on Oct. 31, 2022, that it was closing its Edwardsville location due to a labor shortage. The Glen Carbon location, at 11 Illini Drive, remains open year-round.

Glen Carbon, Orchard Town Center development updates: The final site plan for the 159,935-square-foot Meijer Grocery Store on its 781,902-square-foot lot location at 2301 Troy Road was approved on Oct. 11, 2022. Meijer details indicate a 24-hour operation, with retail, general merchandise, lawn and garden, food, drugstore and liquor sales.

Olive Garden, a full-service Italian casual dining restaurant serving both lunch and dinner with a 255-seat capacity and employing approximately 100 at 6651 Governors Parkway, has submitted a request for preliminary site reviews with the Village’s Planning & Zoning Commission, as has Club Car Wash, a 146-foot tunnel car wash with 25 vacuum stalls formerly known as Tidal Wave. Construction is also underway at Chick-Fil-A, 2319 Troy Road.

The Village of Glen Carbon and the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum will host the first annual Glenfestival of Trees event to kick off the holiday season. Individuals, groups and businesses are invited to decorate an artificial tree or wreath to be displayed inside the museum walls during the Christmas season. Greenery will be displayed from Nov. 25 through Jan. 1, 2023. 

Participants can register their custom-decorated tree or wreath for a small fee. Businesses can also display an informational table with materials about their organization or company. All proceeds benefit the museum and cabin. To learn more and download registration forms, visit online at or call (618) 288-7271. 

O’Fallon will host its annual Veterans’ Day Program at 11 a.m.on Friday, Nov. 11 at First Baptist Church, 1111 East Highway 50. Its annual Veterans’ Day Parade will also take place on Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. at the O’Fallon Community Park. 

The Veterans’ Day Program will include the introduction of the new inscriptions to the monument; the OTHS AFJ ROTC Program, VFW Post 805, Miss O’Fallon Natalie Hale, and Mayor Herb Roach, in addition to many others. The featured guest will be Major General Vincent Barker, USA, Chief of Staff, US TRANSCOM.  

For more information about the ceremony, visit online at

First Bankers Trust Company, N.A., recently hosted a grand opening in O’Fallon. Located at 821 W. Hwy 50 Suite 103, this new site serves as First Bankers’ eleventh location, which also includes nine physical branches and an operations center. This LPO (loan production office) will provide expert lending for business real estate and business operating loans. For more information, visit

Hōlistik Sports Medicine and Elevated Aesthetics, located at 210 Hartman Lane, Suite 200, O’Fallon, in the city’s commercial district, hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Oct. 4, 2022.  The facility recently wrapped up a complete rehab project to convert the building that had been unused for three years into a state-of-the-art medical/aesthetic office.

The Senior Companion Program at Southwestern Illinois College is looking for additional volunteers. This program pairs its volunteers, ages 55 and older, with seniors who otherwise would not be able to live independently. The program covers Madison, St. Clair, Monroe and Randolph counties.

Senior Companions provide companionship and assistance to their peers who are homebound or may be socially isolated. They visit one or more days per week for at least four hours per day and can assist with daily tasks, provide transportation, and give support and a much-needed break to full-time caregivers. 

Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage and meals and receive a small stipend to offset the cost of volunteering. The program is sponsored by Southwestern Illinois College and based out of Programs and Services for Older Persons in Belleville. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, call (618) 234-4410, ext. 7023.

On Nov. 12, the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce Foundation will welcome CMA, ACM and Grammy Award Winning Artist Bryan White, with special guest Shotgun Creek, to Time Out Sports Bar in Troy, Ill.  Doors will open at 5 p.m. and all tickets must be purchased prior to the event.  No tickets will be available at the door. 

Tickets and sponsorships are on sale now but limited; a total ticket sellout is anticipated. More information can be found at All proceeds will go toward the Chamber’s Foundation, which provides scholarships for local high school seniors.  

The Chamber of Commerce Southwestern Madison County has also shared several upcoming calendar items. For more information on any upcoming events, visit online at or call (618) 876-6400.

Through Dec. 14, 2022, the Illinois Center for Autism Annual Food Drive is being held. Donations can be dropped off at the Center’s Fairview Heights, Belleville, or Pasta Fare locations. 

SIUE’s “Decorate Our Warm and Fuzzy Tree” is soliciting donations through Dec. 15. Scarves, hats, mittens and gloves for the winter season can be dropped off at 601 James R. Thompson Blvd., Bldg. B, East St. Louis

The annual Wonderlights Christmas display at World Wide Technology Raceway will run from Nov. 11, 2022, through Jan. 1, 2023. 

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This story also appears in the November 2022 print edition of the Illinois Business Journal.)

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