Illinois Wholesale Furniture is moving to Alton Square Mall.  The hope is to open the doors at the former Sears location by October 1.  That will fill a 44,000 square foot vacancy that was created when Sears pulled out a little over a year ago.  Their agreement with the landlord at Eastgate Plaza expires at the end of this month.  

Store owner Ray Cooksey says they see the mall as a step in the right direction for them.

Cooksey comments

He says they have been busy cleaning and painting this week, and hope to sell a significant amount of merchandise before beginning the "hard move" next week.  The departure of Sears created some controversy when the parent company announced a number of closings just months after the Illinois General Assembly approved $150-million in tax incentives.

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