(Fox Lake) A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned next week for Leroy Meats in Fox Lake. The business was built in a TIF District that is focused on bringing retail developments and spur economic growth to the city. Mayor Tom Bednarek says since the building first opened in April, Leroy Meats has been a big hit in the community. He says in talking with the owners, they have told him that the support shown has been “better than expected” and “fantastic” and added that an expansion could be coming sooner rather than later if things continue at their current rate.
Bednarek says there has been a strong backing for the business since it was first announced it would be coming to Fox Lake. He says the successes seen so far means that other businesses are more inclined to choose the area for development. Bednarek says a Subway has shown interested in building a restaurant in the city as well as a proposed Dollar General. He says he was assured Subway is coming they just have some matters to work through with corporate. There is no specific timeline in place for when both businesses would be coming to Fox Lake.
City officials are also pursuing the construction of a sidewalk from the Kwik Trip to the new development zone. The six-foot-wide paved path would be accessible to both pedestrians and bicyclists. Bednarek says the project would be paid for by TIF dollars and work is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2019. The Leroy Meats ribbon cutting ceremony is on August 10 starting at 11am.