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SF Motors, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle (EV) company, acquired AM General's commercial assembly plant. SF Motors, which is the only EV company to establish its own U.S. and Chinese manufacturing capabilities, will use the plant for upcoming North American EV production as part of its global strategy to provide a new line of premium EVs.
New event center, The Armory, opened its doors in late November. Major renovations have taken place over the past year at the former Newman Recreation Center, Eddy St. and Northside Blvd., in South Bend. The space also includes a commercial kitchen and a soon-to-be wine tasting room.
New restaurant Bevi Bistro recently opened their doors in downtown Granger located at 12479 Adams Rd. Bevi Bistro captures all types of customers offering coffee house options with a drive-through option open in the morning, however, as the day goes on transitions into a restaurant with lunch, dinner, beer, wine, and more. Items offered include shrimp ceviche with avocado and lime and other fresh flavorful delectable choices.
A new Dollar General recently opened their doors located at 2806 Lincoln Way W in Mishawaka employing up to ten people.
New office building in downtown South Bend is close to becoming a reality. The southwest corner of Main and Jefferson streets in downtown South Bend could be converted to five stories of modern glass and steel next year. Elkhart entrepreneur Lewis Hansell, Hansell's River Park Leasing Corp., working with developer Great Lakes Capital, plans to occupy the top floor with his own new startup that would employ at least 15 people full-time. Meanwhile, floors two through five would contain Class A office space and the ground floor would house higher-end retail and restaurants.
Three East Bank buildings are being renovated in South Bend. Local developer Frank Perri is transforming the Hoban building (former Access Print Shop), seeing new plate glass windows, tile flooring and a renovated interior space. The J.C. Lauber building on the corner of LaSalle and Niles avenues, recently received $400,000 in public funding from the Redevelopment Commission for renovations. The former sheet metal shop features exposed brick and concrete floors with the intention to be used for restaurant and retail space. South of the Lauber building, on the northeast corner of Colfax and Niles avenues, Perri has a tenant set to take over part of the former LaSalle Body Shop at 503 E. Colfax Ave. - J2 Marketing.
The $7 million Holiday Inn Express & Suites Granger has opened in St. Joseph County employing about 15 people. Granger-based Indiana Hospitality Group's portfolio currently includes Marriott, Hilton, Intercontinental Hotel Group, and Choice-branded properties.
Mimmo's Pizza recently opened in Mishawaka at 204 W. Edison Road, across from the YMCA, taking over what used to be a Bruno's Pizza location. Owner Blake Schirripa worked at Bruno's locations starting in high school, however, has now branched out on his own with Mimmo's Pizza. Schirripa makes the pizza dough fresh every day and has his own sauce recipe. Mimmo's also offers different sauces such as olive oil, pesto, alfredo, garlic butter, and even offers meatballs as a topping option.
Music Village will be moving into a new space in downtown South Bend. The Music Village, a non-profit music school and community arts center will be moving to 333 S. Michigan St. in South Bend, occupying the south half of the first floor and part of the basement of the St. Joseph County Public Library-owned building. The facility is also the location of the Friends of the St. Joseph County Public Library, where that group holds book sales to raise money for the library.
A Notre Dame Property on Indiana 933 is planning an expansion of shops, offices, and townhouses. Located on the University of Notre Dame property near the entrance to the Indiana Toll Road at the northeast corner of Indiana 933 and Douglas Road, a new 25-acre mixed-used development of offices, retail shops, townhouses and apartments could be built. Preliminary renderings for the project show commercial offices at that corner, with retail shops further within the site. About 52 townhomes would be built facing Douglas, and approximately 252 apartments constructed on the north section of the property.
The revitalization of the former Studebaker complex and the development of the Renaissance District took an important step forward this past October as developer Kevin Smith welcomed three organizations to the former Studebaker 112 Building: CupPrint, a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant that does innovative cup-printing; Woodsmith, a wood products business with a focus on the re-use of the flooring from the former Studebaker Building 84; and South Bend City Church, a community church that values simplicity and spiritual practices in everyday life.
Located off University Drive between Best Buy and Five Below, Sushi Garden opened in the middle of November offering an all-you-can-eat option. The lunch all-you-can-eat price is $14.99 while dinner is $24.99. Lunch includes appetizers, soups, salads and standard kitchen options, like fried rice and chicken katsu. The dinner menu offers about 23 special rolls.
South Bend's VA Clinic is under new ownership. A Washington D.C. -based Real Estate Investment Trust has taken over ownership.
Vandalia, Michigan-based Tri-Pac Inc. has announced plans to relocate to Kenmore Street in South Bend. Tri-Pac contracts with manufacturers of liquid cosmetics and chemicals, such as aerosol cans, to fill and package custom orders. Initial estimates have 40 employees moving from the Michigan site and an additional 20 employees being added. CEO Vikram Shaw hopes ultimately to grow the South Bend site to 160-200 employees.