Westfield Ford buys out neighboring Turtle Wax car wash

Willowbrook-based Turtle Wax Car Wash is down to three locations after the recent closing of the company's site in Countryside.

The 24-year-old company once had car washes scattered across the Chicago area, but locations now remain only in Skokie, Crystal Lake and Bloomingdale.

The Countryside car wash at 6250 S. LaGrange Rd. was bought late last month by its neighbor, Westfield Ford car dealership, city officials said. The dealership is already parking vehicles on the site of the closed car wash.

The dealership is in the process of making repairs to the car wash building, according to Countryside City Administrator Gail Paul.

Calls to Westfield and Turtle Wax were not returned.

First Midwest buys Standard Bank

First Midwest Bank, a bank with a large presence in the south suburbs, will increase its footprint thanks to its announcement last week that it had acquired Hickory Hills-based Standard Bank and Trust.

First Midwest with two dozen south suburban branches including Orland Park, Tinley Park, Oak Lawn, Frankfort and Lansing announced it was acquiring Standard Bank's 35 branches for $365 million.

Standard has more than a dozen branches in the south suburbs including Lyons, Hickory Hills, Calumet City and Oak Forest.

A definitive merger agreement between the two parent companies, First Midwest Bancorp and Standard Bancshares, was announced June 27.

Standard was founded in 1947.

Itasca-based First Midwest has 110 locations.

The transaction, which requires the approval of regulators and shareholders of both banks, is expected to close later this year or in early 2017. At that time, Lawrence Kelley, Standard's president and CEO, will become market president for First Midwest in its south metro Chicago and northwest Indiana markets. Kelley also will take a seat on First Midwest's board.

Expect some branch closings after the deal is finalized. First Midwest closed a handful of Great Lakes Banks locations after it acquired that bank a couple of years ago.

Prairie Landing Restaurant opens in Palos

The Prairie Landing Restaurant has opened at Peace Village in Palos Park.

The 80-seat restaurant features an open kitchen design and has an outdoor dining patio. There is counter seating near the food preparation area, as well as tables for four to six people and a large farm table that can accommodate large groups.

Next door to the restaurant is the new Prairie Club, where Peace Village residents can play billiards, watch sporting events or enjoy a movie.

There will be a grand opening celebration noon July 12 at Peace Village at 10300 Village Circle Dr.

Peace Village is a senior living community offering both assisted and independent living rooms.

For information, call 708-361-3683 or visit peacevillage.org.

Questcor closes down in Bedford Park

Bedford Park-based Questcor packaging has closed its doors and shut down its PKGING.com website, company officials said.

The company closed in April but sold off its office and warehouse equipment at a garage sale last month at 5133 W. 66th St.

Tinley Noodles sets grand opening

Noodles and Company will hold a grand opening July 13 for its newest store at the Tinley Park Plaza shopping center.

The grand opening will be 10 a.m.-noon at 15915 S. Harlem Ave. in a newly constructed four-unit outlot building at the northern end of the plaza parking lot. The ribbon cutting is set for 10:45 a.m.

Noodles is a national chain that features a variety of pasta dishes.

The plaza is owned by Brixmor, a national commercial builder.

Blaze now open

Joining Noodles and Company in the newly built outlot at Tinley Park Plaza is Blaze Pizza, which opened in mid-June.

The pizzeria is one of the new fast-casual pizza places that allow customers to pick their own toppings and then delivers the pie in about 3 minutes.

The eatery at 15903 S. Harlem Ave. is the fast-growing chain's 10 location in the Chicago area. The restaurant is a bit larger than most other Blaze locations at 2,200 square feet and features inside seating for 62 and outdoor seating for 32.

Blaze Pizza franchise owner Adam Cummis said in a news release he was "looking forward to developing strong ties with community groups and creating a spot where guests can connect, create and enjoy."

Blaze restaurants promote a turnkey fundraiser program that returns 20 percent of an event's proceeds back to local organizations, helping schools, sports clubs and other local groups "cause a scene for a good cause."

"Chicago diners know Blaze offers a one of a kind, interactive experience, along with a plethora of ingredient options to create the perfect pie," Cummis said. "We look forward to continued growth in the Chicagoland area."

Blaze is open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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