CHICAGO—The retail group of EnglewoodConstruction recently completed an interior build-out forChicago Cruise Lines and has also begun work ontwo new projects, including an American Girl Storein Orlando, FL.

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“As consumers gain confidence and the economy continues toimprove, we have seen a willingness for retailers to take onground-up developments and substantial expansions,” saidWilliam Di Santo, president of Lemont, IL-basedEnglewood. “There is a lot of pent-up demand in the market andhealthy retailers are finding this is the right time to embark onnew projects.”

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Englewood will build American Girl, a retailer of children'sdolls and accessories, a new 15,000-square-foot store by expandingthe 1.8-million-square-foot Florida Mall, thelargest mall in Central Florida. The architect for the project isMorristown, NJ-based Jacobs Engineering GroupInc.

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“The partnership between American Girl and Englewood continuesto flourish as we expand the brand to new markets,” said Di Santo.“Working with a client across multiple projects and markets helpsbuild trust and familiarity. This is our ninth development withAmerican Girl and we always find that the process seems to improvewith each new development.”

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In the Chicago area, Englewood has begun work on a new store forGoodwill in the southwest suburbs and completed aninterior build-out for Chicago Line Cruises in the redevelopment ofthe former River East Art Center in downtownChicago.

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Goodwill will get a 17,000-square-foot store at Airport Rd. andWeber Rd. in suburban Romeoville. Goodwill offers donated clothingand inexpensive household items.

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“There is an interesting dichotomy that we are seeing in theretail market in regards to new development today,” said Di Santo.“Luxury retailers, such as American Girl, and discount retailerslike Goodwill have an established niche that remains strong. Wethink the high-end and discount retailers will continue to thrivein the coming years.”

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Englewood is partnering with Milwaukee-based BerengariaDevelopment for the project. Wheaton, IL-basedWebster, McGrath & Ahlberg, Ltd. is thearchitect.

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At the former River East Arts Center in downtown Chicago,Englewood is conducting a build-out and renovation for Chicago LineCruises. Located at 505 E. Illinois St., the 109-year-old center isundergoing a massive renovation of interior space. “This buildingis located in the heart of one of Chicago's great tourist locationsand this project will help revitalize it for decades to come,” saidDi Santo.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.