Former Wal-Mart Building Redevelopment

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The overwhelming amount of development on Rockford's eastside means two things: more money circulating in the local economy and more jobs.

Rockford-based Rubloff Development Group is remodeling the former Wal-Mart building. Gordman's, an apparel and home fashions retailer, is taking 60,000 square feet for its store. Rubloff is working to finalize a lease with a national furniture store, which will use the remaining 50,000 square feet.

There will also be two outlets, a 15,000 square foot strip center, which will include A Caribou Coffee, Panda Express, and additional office and retail space. The second outlet will be filled by a Red Robin Restaurant.

Rubloff development president Mark Robinson says the former Wal-Mart site is in the heart of Rockford's retail growth.

Gordmans expects to hire between 80 and 90 employees for each location. The company is currently filling management positions, but will begin accepting applications in mid-September. You can find out more by visiting the company's Web site at