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Business notebook: Casey’s plans dining area

The Amboy Casey’s has been demolished and is being replaced with a new building with a sit-down deli.
The Amboy Casey’s has been demolished and is being replaced with a new building with a sit-down deli.

AMBOY – Customers of Casey’s General Store soon will be able to get sandwiches made to order.

That is, when the hole in the ground at 308 E. Main St. that was the old Casey’s is replaced by a bigger, better building.

The plans are to finish before Labor Day, a spokesman from Casey’s corporate office said.

The new store will have a sandwich setup similar to Subway’s: Bread will be made fresh and customers will decide what they want on their sandwiches. There also will be an area to sit and eat and a bigger coffee selection.

The rest of the offerings, including pizza and doughnuts, are expected to remain the same, and there still will be eight pumps.

Wermers closes shop

DIXON – Gerald and Karen Wermers, the second-generation owners of Wermers Decorating Center, 313 W. First St., are rolling up their tape measures and retiring.

They closed the doors Friday to prepare for their last big blowout of a sale, which begins at 9 a.m. July 8 and will last until everything is gone, lock, stock and barrel.

Gerald’s parents, the late Gerald and Dorothy Wermers, started the business in 1961, and Gerald and Karen took over in 1986. The building, which still has a cool old tin ceiling, is up for rent or lease.

The world beckons, and the Wermerses are planning to travel some and see the sights. You can stop by the sale to wish them well, or give them a call at 815-288-2739.

Not so fast on move

DIXON – Main Street is behind schedule in its move to a new office on the second floor of Fifth Third Bank, 102 S. Galena Ave., executive director Josh Albrecht said.

The nonprofit had planned to be in its new digs by June. Its current office at 115 S. Hennepin Ave. is becoming a small business incubator, Albrecht said.

The Riverfront Commission and Petunia Festival board are making the move with Dixon Main Street, but no other organization has committed. They will rent the space for $1.

“With Petunia Festival coming up and still plenty of packing at the office, we thought it best to postpone for now and wait to do the move after the festival when things may be a little calmer,” said Albrecht, adding he will announce the date when one is determined.

Restaurant targets later opening date

MORRISON – Homestyle food is coming to Morrison a bit later than originally hoped.

Paula Munther, 50, co-owner of Nana’s Cafe, now plans to open in early July.

Folks will be able to build their own burgers and omelettes at the restaurant at 619 E. Lincolnway, Munther said.

She and her husband Michael Munther, 51, of rural Morrison, own the business.

The restaurant will be open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily in the warm-weather months and from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the winter.

Happy 50th, BorgWarner-Dixon!

DIXON – BorgWarner, 1350 Franklin Grove Road, is planning a public celebration July 20 to celebrate its golden anniversary: 50 years in Dixon. 

Worldwide, BorgWarner makes and supplies key technologies for engines, transmissions and driveline systems.

Call 815-772-8886 for more information on the celebration.

Massage therapist retiring

DIXON – Massage therapist Mary Bendickson is retiring after 22 years. She’s taking appointments only through mid-July; give her a call at 815-284-2793 or 815-677-6667 to schedule a final rubdown or wish her well.

She is considering offering baby massage classes to parents out of her home at 307 W. Third St. Give her a call if you’re interested.

Have a business tip? Let us know. Email SVM reporter Derek Barichello,, or call 800-798-4085, ext. 521 or 526.

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