EZ Pawn Planning to Open in Rockford

By: Stephen Johnson
By: Stephen Johnson

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Shoppers will have one more place to shop and sell their items in Rockford this year with East State Street welcoming a new business to town. The store's arrival comes at an ironic time as city leaders have recently looked into limiting the type of business they're about to welcome in.

Pawn shop EZ-Pawn plans to take over a five-thousand square feet store front in the state street square strip mall, that's located next to Furniture Row Outlet. The Miracle Mile Association recently asked city aldermen to look into what those types of shops do for economic growth. While there has been concern, council members say the new business will have some positive additions to the city.

"It will bring new employees, new business into the community. There has been some controversy, there's no question about that. If there's the chance for it to be a team player, a part of that area, that might be. Time will only tell”, says Ald. Frank Beach.

Executive director of the Miracle Mile Association, Jennifer Hall says, "Basically this draft is to create a conversation. To really look at the different ideas, the different types of stores to consider what the density of these businesses in one area do to the economic possibilities of that neighborhood."

The proposal by the Miracle Mile Association will be up for discussion during the city's committee meetings on May 14th. A public hearing will also be scheduled, that could take place in either May or June.

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