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Two signs proclaiming a new Aldi was headed for the site of the former Rusty's restaurant at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Pershing Road came as a big surprise to the man whose company owns the land.

Gary Haines, president of GLH Real Estate Co., said there's a high probability that he would be the first to know.

“It shocked me,” Haines said. “Apparently, someone didn't get good directions.”

It turns out that the signs, which were erected Tuesday, were put on the wrong side of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. On Thursday, the signs had been moved, but not across the street. They were placed at different locations on the Rusty's site.

Plans still call for the Aldi to be built across the street at 450 E. Pershing Road, where the America’s Best Value Inn had been located, said Heather Moore, vice president for Aldi's Dwight Division. According to the signs, the new store, which will be more than 22,000 square feet, will open in July.

The company has been seeking to build a new store to replace the one at 1005 W. Pershing Road since 2015; its first proposal to build at Ash Avenue and U.S. Business 51 was rejected by the Decatur City Council. 

The German grocery store chain celebrated the reopening of its other Decatur location at 2075 Mount Zion Road in May after extensive renovations. 

On a side note, Haines said the former Rusty's should have a tenant soon. He said a local restaurateur has plans to open a dining establishment in the existing building.

Haines also shared plans to construct an 11,000-square-foot building on the lot located between the Rusty's building and the Garden Family Restaurant. The now-empty site had been home to Charley's Auto Sales, which moved to 601 E. Wood St.

Haines said the businesses he will seek to occupy the new building will be unique to Decatur.

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Customers looking to conduct business related to any of the growing list of services provided locally by Comcast are in for a surprise.

But don't worry. This change has the potential of being a pleasant one.

The customer service center at 1275 N. Water St. in Decatur has closed, giving way to the new XFINITY store at 108 E. Barnett Ave. in Forsyth

The difference in noticeable the moment you walk into the new store.

Instead of standing in a line in a small lobby waiting for the customer service representative to wave them over, customers are greeted at the door and placed on a waiting list. While they wait to be called, customers are free to watch television while sitting on padded furniture, or roam around the showroom and interact with the products related to the services the company provides.

That list of services is growing. In addition to the cable TV, high-speed Internet and home phone services the company is known for, it has XFINITY Home – the home security and home automation platform – and Xfinity Mobile – a new wireless service.

Comcast announced Thursday that Xfinity Internet customers can now bring their own device to Xfinity Mobile by visiting Xfinity Store locations across the country. Select, unlocked iPhone models can be activated on the Xfinity Mobile network, and devices that don’t qualify may be eligible to be traded in for a gift card equal to the value of the phone, which can be used to bring down the cost of upgrading to a new device.

The store also features iPads and other mobile devices visitors can use to explore XFINITY's apps, including XFINITY Stream and XFINITY WiFi, and various products related to the services.

"The goal of the new store is to give customers the best possible experience," said John Crowley, Comcast's Greater Chicago Region senior vice president.

Customers also will be able to pay bills, pick up and return equipment and get assistance from sales and service consultants, the company said.

Store hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Have you opened a business? Have you expanded or moved to a new location? Have you taken ownership of an existing business? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to contact Scott Perry at sperry@herald-review.com or call (217)421-7976. 

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