Stores in Village Commons anticipate usual business despite recent shooting


A student crosses the street in front of 901 Lucinda Avenue, Businesses in the Village Commons complex don’t believe Wednesday night’s shooting will affect business.

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni

Despite a shooting in the vicinity Wednesday night, business continued as usual for Domino’s, 901 Lucinda Ave. Suite P.

Domino’s owner Mike Hillman said employees continued to deliver food at the time of the incident despite being unable to go east toward Normal Road due to DeKalb Police blockades.

Hillman was in his store at the time of the incident.

“We didn’t know what was going on,” Hillman said. “With all the cop cars, we figured it might have been a shooting.”

Hillman said he doesn’t think the shooting will affect future business.

Business continued as normal as well for Shark’s Fish and Chicken, 901 Lucinda Ave., Thursday.

Mohammad Musa, manager and owner of Shark’s, said he wasn’t working late Wednesday night. However, business on Thursday was the same as usual.

Some workers at other establishments in the strip mall at 901 Lucinda Ave. said they hope the shooting would not affect future business.

“I don’t think it would affect business for us too much,” said Jessica Lenker, manager of Subway, Suite D. “Of course it’s going to scare people around campus. A shooting always does.”

Subway usually doesn’t get a lot of business late at night, Lenker said. If Subway experiences a dip in business, the owners might consider closing a little earlier, she said.

Judy Olsen, manager of the Greek Department at the VCB Bookstore, Suite K, said she hopes the incident will not affect business.

“It seems like things [violent incidents] are getting closer and closer to where I am,” Olsen said. “That’s uncomfortable.”

Olsen said she is not sure if added security measures will be added in light of recent events but management will discuss it.

“During busy times one or more people might stay late,” Olsen said. “I’m concerned about their safety. When we leave it’s [generally] in an evening… and people are usually coming and going to classes so it seems to be safe then.”

Pita Pete’s Healthy Eats, Suite T, was closed by 10 p.m. Wednesday night, nearly two hours before the shooting.

“No one was even around when that [shooting] happened – luckily,” said Pita Pete’s owner Leslie Metz.

As of Thursday mid-afternoon, business at Pita Pete’s wasn’t affected due to the shooting, Metz said.

“There have been police cars checking the area and checking in on us,” Metz said. “It makes me feel safe.”