Category: Business
IKEA Announces New STL Store
IKEA rendering - viewpoint from Vandeventer looking west

Update 11:05 AM IKEA today announced a Summer 2014 groundbreaking for the store in Midtown, with an expected grand opening in the fall of 2015. IKEA expects that the store will create 300 new full-time jobs and generate an expected $250 million in new taxes over the next 23 years. “I’m glad we can finally talk about what’s probably been [...]

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Misinformation about Lambert Airport
Lambert Airport C Terminal

Two stories about Lambert St. Louis International Airport in the St. Louis media recently caught my eye. On November 22, the St. Louis Business Journal posted the following: Lambert to See Bump in Thanksgiving Traffic The story starts as follows:  “While AAA is expecting a dip in air travel this Thanksgiving season, that’s not the case here.” This is a [...]

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Laclede Gas to Move to GenAmerica Bldg?
GenAmerica building

According to nextSTL, Laclede Gas – currently located at 720 Olive Street – is looking at a possible move to 700 Market, the former GenAmerica Building. Laclede Gas’ lease at the current location expires in 2015 and the company is looking for new office space of roughly the same size. The company has previously considered sites in the Central West [...]

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Anheuser-Busch Biergarten Opens Tuesday
Biergarten

The Anheuser-Busch Biergarten at the Budweiser brewery in Soulard will open to the public tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon. Seventeen beers will be on draft in the 10,000 square foot facility with a capacity of 300 guests. Grilled foods and sandwiches are on the menu. A large “B” from the old neon “Budweiser” sign on top of the brewery marks the entrance [...]

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MX District is Transforming Washington Ave
The MX in downtown St. Louis

It’s been almost two years since the Washington Avenue skybridge between the old St. Louis Centre and the abandoned Dillard’s department store fell.  Since then, a lot has happened at the Mercantile Exchange (MX) district. Let’s take a look at the transformation that’s taken place on the eastern end of downtown’s entertainment strip. The famed Lindell Hotel once stood where [...]

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Construction Ballpark Village Underway
Rendering north facade birdseye view

Spring is (kind of) in the air. This means we can go back to exploring on foot what’s happening in downtown St. Louis. The other day we had a chance to take some photos of the work in progress at Ballpark Village. The good news is that the project finally seems to move along swiftly. Dirt is being moved and [...]

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Alpha Opens First Brewery in Loft District
Mural by local artist Piva Piwowarczyk

Today, downtown proper’s first microbrewery, Alpha Brewing Co., opened on Lucas Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets in the back of the building of the 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and Lindenwood University’s downtown classrooms.  The entrance to the building is a block east of Citymuseum and just south of Europe Night Club. Before entering the actual brewery, one will [...]

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A Dutch Tour of “Empty Motor City” Detroit
A guided tour of Detroit (Photo courtesy of DeTelegraaf)

[Reporting: Werner Budding | camera and editing: Pieter van Gend | Autovisie/De Telegraaf]   Yes, Count On Downtown is about St. Louis, but once in a while I like to stray. This is one of those times. As an expat/immigrant from the Netherlands I read many articles from across the pond. I stumbled upon this interesting video by auto magazine [...]

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Flying Saucer Swoops into Downtown
A good-looking Cupples 9

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium opened a few weeks ago in the beautifully renovated Cupples 9 building at 900 Spruce Street. Here at Count On Downtown the verdict is in: We like it. We like it a lot. First of all, it’s big. Besides plenty of space inside, there is a huge deck on the east side, as well as [...]

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Light at the End of Tucker
North Tucker Blvd, looking south

Most downtown dwellers must have been pondering: “When will this N. Tucker Boulevard project be finally finished?” Well, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. The old Illinois railroad trench underneath North Tucker has been filled with foam and the road deck is now being laid down. The $33.8 million project commenced in June 2010, although part of the [...]

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St. Louis and Chicago: Fiction vs. Reality
CDOT rendering Chicago Riverwalk

Chicago is working on connecting itself to its riverfront. CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein touted the Chicago Riverwalk as an addition to the city’s sustainable transportation network, breaking down the barriers between Wacker Drive and the waterway. The pedestrian walkway will help connect people to water taxis, bike-share kiosks, buses and trains, as well as recreational boating, he said. “This will be [...]

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TAGG Logistics Moves to FTZ at Lambert
TAGG Logistics' new facility near Lambert Airport [Photo: Loopnet]

St. Louis-based TAGG Logistics, a third-party distribution, fulfillment and logistics provider to mid-sized manufacturers, is consolidating its three St. Louis locations into a single, expanded logistics center. Scheduled to open in April, the new facility will increase the company’s capacity by 35 percent and feature high-volume material handling equipment and a state-of-the-art warehouse management system. The new facility will use [...]

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A Plan for a Sustainable Taxi Fleet
Count On Downtown Rendering STL TAXI

Mayor Slay has made it clear: He wants St. Louis to become a more sustainable city. His plans are laid out in the city’s Sustainability Action Agenda. Some of you might shiver when hearing the word sustainability. Solyndra comes to mind, and other expensive programs that have not always proved to be successful. This doesn’t mean we should give up on [...]

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Will IKEA build in the City?
Potential site IKEA in Midtown/CWE

Our friends at nextSTL.com, via WhoLou’s Geoff Whittington,  hit the interwebs today with a scoop about IKEA planning a store on Forest Park Avenue, between Vandeventer and Sarah Streets. A few outtakes from the story: Several WhoLou sources are alleging that highly-coveted Swedish-based furniture chain IKEA intends to develop their first St. Louis store close to the campus of St. Louis [...]

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The Arch Tax versus Economics 101
St. Louis Gateway Arch Visitors

  As has been documented extensively, the Arch grounds are getting a makeover. Initially a grandiose plan was proposed – costing about a half billion dollars – that was to be funded by private donations and the federal government. Alas, the fed’s contributions as well as those from  private donors have been less generous than anticipated and the plan had [...]

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Collective Opens in MX on Washington
Collective

Collective, a retail co-op has opened in the MX district, in the former St. Louis Centre. Collective features more than 35  boutiques and unique retailers from around the St. Louis region and Chicago. These retailers have each leased a space in this chic and  urban retail environment. Currently available at Collective are: Adam Foster, Alternative Apparel, Beltshazzar, Genovese Jewelers, Ivy Hill, Juxtapose, Kate Pollman, Oh Lolli Lolli, Q [...]

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Le Grand Ballroom to Open on Locust
Entrance Le Grand Ballroom

A new gallery annex furniture/antiques store will be opening its doors at 1123 Locust Street  in November. The store will be named Le Grand Ballroom and a website – www.sstyler.com- is coming soon. The store will be occupying the former Salt of The Earth space on the ground floor of the Alexander Lofts Building across the street from Rooster.  We [...]

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CVC Final Dome Plan Submitted to Rams
New rendering CVC

The CVC has released their amended tier 1 plan for the Edward Jones Dome submitted to the Rams last Friday, August 17th. Read the entire proposal in the embedded PDF below: Share

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