Year in Review - Business in Piatt County

January
It was announced that the Monticello Pamida store would be converted to a Shopko Hometown business. Four central Illinois Pamidas were converted as a part of a merger between the Nebraska-based Pamida and Shopko. The conversion was completed by August and celebrated with a grand-reopening of the local store.
April
Lottie Brogan Linens and More, a wedding planning service, was opened by Susan Courson and her daughter Amanda in Monticello.

The process of closing out the Pamida merchandise to make way for the conversion to Shopko Hometown store began in Monticello.

Kirby Medical Center announced a land sale agreement with Charleston-based Villas of Holly Brook, which will develop a 54-unit assisted living center near the hospital on Jefferson Parkway in Monticello.

July
The Bement Area Chamber of Commerce revealed a business plan for the town at a monthly chamber meeting. Discussion focused on the needs of Cim-Tek Filtration and Topflight Grain Cooperative, two major employers of not only Bement but Piatt County.

Bill Abbott Inc. held a grand re-opening after conducting a substantial renovation at the GM Chrysler dealership in Monticello.

August
The RoadRunner Lounge opened in Monticello under the direction of Rachel Weerts and Jeff Schmahl.

A crowd of about 100 people waited in line for the new Shopko Hometown store to open in Monticello. The store gave $10 gift cards to the first 100 in line.

Courtney Groves was named executive director of Monticello Main Street, Inc.

September
Auctions started at Barnyard Treasures in DeLand were drawing large Friday-night crowds.

October
The first step in a possible expansion for Cim-Tek Filtration in Bement hit a roadblock when the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals voted 3-2 (Oct. 22) to deny a request to rezone a residential piece of property for industrial use. The zoning board felt expanding to the west was a better option.

Kayla McConkey opened a photography studio – Kapture By Kayla – in Monticello.

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