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Eastland Mall exterior
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The owner of Eastland Mall, which last month signaled it was in trouble as tenants struggled to pay rent during the pandemic, plans to file for bankruptcy as part of a debt restructuring.

Chris Koos
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It’s hard right now. Central Illinois residents have removed themselves from many of their friends and familiar activities to prevent the spread of the virus. Yet cases are climbing again in McLean County as central Illinois moved from phase 3 to phase 4 of the state's Restore Illinois reopening plan.

Eastland Mall exterior
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The owner of Eastland Mall says it has “substantial doubt” about its future as it’s unable to collect rent from most of its retail tenants that are struggling because of the pandemic.

Green Solution signage
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People will be able to legally buy recreational cannabis in Normal for the first time starting Monday.

CVS downtown
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Downtown Bloomington will soon be losing its CVS store.

Mark Robinson teaches a class
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Four years ago, the big story in the Bloomington-Normal economy was the closure of Mitsubishi’s manufacturing plant and the loss of 1,200 jobs. Some workers got retrained and found new jobs. Others left the area forever.

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Weeks after another anchor-store closure at Eastland Mall, Bloomington-Normal business leaders are grappling with the future of retail.

As more retail chains shut down, cities across Illinois figure out what to do with millions of square feet of empty space.

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When a big local retailer like JCPenney or Gordmans closes its doors, it becomes another chapter in the “retail apocalypse” storyline that predicts the end of brick-and-mortar shopping.

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The Hobby Lobby store in Normal is moving to a smaller location within the same shopping center.