Local businesses open, move


Lanie Callaghan of Kaneland High School shops for prom dresses with her family Sunday at Ducky’s temporary location, 134 E. Lincoln Highway. Ducky’s is looking for a permanent location.

By Stoney Stone

Over the weekend, Ducky’s Formal Wear will begin its relocation process, which is just one of the upcoming local business changes and additions.

Roger Hopkins, president of Hopkins Solutions LLC and former executive director for the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation, said “the primary goal of the Economic Development Coordination is to recruit new businesses to the community.”

“Our office works with incoming businesses to help them with the initial planning and to get the proper permits,” Hopkins said. “After all of the proper paperwork is in order, they are on their own.”


On Sunday, after 10 years at 112 E. Lincoln Highway, Ducky’s Formal Wear moved into its temporary home, at 134 E. Lincoln Highway, while looking for a more permanent location.

“We’re interested in finding another location in the downtown DeKalb area,” said Diane Hosey, manager of the DeKalb Ducky’s.

Hosey cited problems with the building as the reason for the immediate move.

“We don’t have heat or air conditioning, and the sprinkler system leaks. It feels like working in the Rainforest Cafe,” Hosey said.

Ducky’s temporary location is the former site of The Yarn Exchange.

DSW and Five Below

Designer Shoe Warehouse and Five Below will come to DeKalb in spring.

DSW and Five Below, a discount store where everything is $5 or less, will open on Sycamore Road next to Michaels in the renovated space where Old Navy used to be.

“A Five Below would be nice to have because it offers more of a variety of products for cheap rather than having just the Dollar Tree to shop at,” said Melanie Sawa, senior rehabilitation services major



Also on the horizon for DeKalb, a Wingstop will land on a West Lincoln Highway location near Topper’s Pizza.

Wingstop is an aviation-themed restaurant that specializes in chicken wings.

Hampton Inn

Hopkins said plans for a new Hampton Inn on Annie Glidden Road could bring in a lot of money for the city through its Hotel Revenue Tax over the next 10 years.

The hotel is scheduled to open in February.

DeKalb’s hotel revenue tax is 7 percent of the cost of the rent for any room occupied for more than 24 hours, with the exception of people who take up permanent residences of the same rooms according to Chapter 55.02 of the city’s Municipal Code.