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The Creve Coeur Patch Business Year In Review: Bagels, Books, Boxes and Chicken

Smurfit-Stone, Borders and Chick-fil-A all made headlines in 2011.

The year 2011 saw changes in the Creve Coeur business community in operations both large and small. There was expansion, retraction, new life for old businesses, and one business made news even though it won't be locating here. Here, in no particular order is a rundown of some of the big business stories of 2011. We welcome your comments below:

Pratzel's

January saw a pair of announcements which had a big impact on the community. , the jewish bakery with a legacy of more than 90 years in business around the St. Louis area, most recently in a retail outlet at in Creve Coeur, announced it was closing up shop. "Everything's gone except for the crumbs," one man said on the last day in business in January. But the bakery saw a breath of new life last spring, decided to buy rights to the family recipes, and has since re-opened the bakery's manufacturing hub in Olivette to phone-in and wholesale orders. There are still plans to open a retail location in Olivette.

RockTenn

January also saw news of consolidation in the corrigated box industry, when Georgia-based , the container corporation with joint headquarters in Creve Coeur and Chicago. The deal closed over Memorial Day weekend when the Smurfit-Stone logo came down from CityPlace. Company officials have consistently declined comment on RockTenn's future plans for the number of employees, if any, it plans on keeping in Creve Coeur.

Walgreens' Site

Construction of the long-awaited and redesigned intersection of Olive Boulevard and Dautel Lane at Graeser Road worked toward completion in the first quarter of 2011, along with and expanded and relocated Walgreens Pharmacy,

The opening of the new store set the stage for debate later in the summer over what would end up in the now former Walgreens site. when developers were unable to persuade city planners to adjust site requirements on the amount of acreage needed to house a drive-thru restaurant after an outcry from nearby residents.

A spokesman for Pace Properties, which is marketing the site, did not return a call seeking comment this week on updated interest in the property.

Borders

Another high-profile piece of property in Creve Coeur went vacant in September, when the national bookseller . A call seeking comment from a realtor on future plans for the property was not returned, although city planners have said they have fielded calls about uses for the site.

A few weeks after Borders closed, a smaller bookseller, , opened up shop a few blocks away.

Editor's Notes: One of the stories which generated a lot of interest on Creve Coeur Patch was the fate of Provisions. The gourmet market closed its doors and reopened as in a new space on New Ballas Road. Creve Coeur also welcomed a second Urgent Care location when opened up shop, in the same New Ballas Road plaza which saw a second location in St. Louis for .

 

 

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