When Illinois Wholesale Furniture moved from Eastgate Plaza to the Alton Square Mall earlier this year, the aging strip mall lost one of its larger businesses. Another strip mall - Wilshire Village - is also at less than capacity, and that is something the village's mayor would like to see addressed.
Fred Bright says some of the issues at Wilshire are connected to the recent death of the owner, but the problems at Eastgate are potentially fixable.
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Illinois Wholesale Furniture had been located at Eastgate Plaza for nearly 20 years. Bright says he would like to see new signage for the movie theater, to bring more awareness to the fact that it is there. He says the East Alton Ice Arena is healthy, with hockey season just underway.