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Community Development

The City of Effingham continues to work with existing and new companies to provide assistance and support for any needs they may have. We are also currently working on our Enterprise Zone Application have created a new Business District in the area surrounded by Keller Dr., Henrietta St., Fayette Ave., and Interstate 57. So far this year, business activity is taking place throughout the community with several more projects slated to start this year. Interest in Effingham has been picking up and an improvement in the economy has allowed companies to increase employment and projects.

Some projects underway or soon to be starting construction would include the following:

 PANERA BREAD - Panera bread has announced that they will be locating in Effingham behind Panda Express, near Chipotle. Construction will begin this summer.

CHILIS - Chilis has announced that they will be locating in Effingham in the former Ruby Tuesday building. They have begun renovation work to the building.

SMOOTHIE KING -   Smoothie King recently broke ground and began construction next to Famous Footwear in front of Wal-Mart.

FLOAT EFFINGHAM - Float Effingham recently opened on Keller Dr. They offer float pod therapy, chiropractic and weight loss services.

WILD ROSE BOUTIQUE -Wild Rose Boutique is a women's and children's boutique located in Oak Pointe Center strip mall in front of Kohl's.

KENWORTH - Kenworth of Effingham has opened a new 21,000 s.f. full service dealership featuring a 12 bay service shop and a 2.200 s.f. parts department.

ADM - ADM is in the process of consolidating and expanding operations in the former Southeastern Container building.

THE RED THREAD - The Red Thread is a women's clothing boutique that recently opened in downtown Effingham. They rehabilitated the inside and out of the former Jefferson Street Gifts building.

CHIPOTLE RESTAURANT – Chipotle opened in the Fall of 2016.

DOUBLE FEATURE – Double Feature is completing construction of a new building on South Banker Street. They will be relocating their furniture and home décor store to the new 4,704 s.f. facility.

IT'S ALMOST HOME - This furniture and decor store moved into the former Sunbeam building on South Banker St. The building was remodeled both inside and out.

JOHN BOOS AND CO. - John Boos and Co. is relocating their wood plant to a brand new 122,000 s.f. facility that they will construct next to their metal plant on South Banker St.

KOERNER DISTRIBUTOR - Koerner Distributor recently broke ground on a 2000,000 s.f. distribution complex at its new location on South Raney St.

ACCURACY FIREARMS AND RANGE - Accuracy Firearms and Range recently opened on South Raney St. The Accuracy complex includes a state of the art shooting range, a retail store, a gunsmith, and training facilities.

TRUCK CENTERS, INC - Truck Centers  recently opened a new 36,000 s.f. full service truck dealership.

JOE'S TRUCK LUBE - Joe's Truck Lube,  a 10,000 s.f. truck lube and filter business recently opened at the corner of Outer Belt West and Fayette Ave.

REHABILITATION PROJECTS - There have been several rehabilitation projects through the TIF Program that have been completed or are in the process of being completed. Businesses include: The Red Thread; Law Offices of McDevitt, Osteen, Chojnicki and Deters; Wortman Printing; Dairy Queen; It's Almost Home; and EpLegends.