Call the Meadowview Shops in Kankakee house for over 25 years, a Bourbonnais the businessman is moving Ross’s Records in Chicago To Bradley and that’s not all that will be different for the long-standing company.
Scott Ross, 58, also renamed the company to Ross’s Rock-N-Roll Store. The company, the 1981 graduate of Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School said, will in fact be three companies under one roof.
The company will maintain its historic business of records, albums, CDs, cassettes and t-shirts. But, the new 7,000 square foot site will also house Danger Zone skate shop as good as Smoke & Steam Dragon Glass.
The goal is to open the new location by the end of August.
Ross said it was a goal to own your own location and when FCA carpet moved from 400 E. North St., Bradley, to 1759 Illinois 50 in Bourbonnais, at the end of 2018, the opportunity presented itself.
Ross, however, didn’t recognize him right away.
He said business is going very well in Kankakee. But as he was traveling one day, the North Street location caught his eye and the wheels started to spin.
In the summer of 2019, he began to inquire about the property. “I started to visualize what I could do. It literally doubles the size of my store, ”he said.
Ross beamed as he spoke about his soon-to-be-opened site, which he said will provide much greater visibility. After 36 years in business, he even still has a few projects. He said he hopes to host small-scale concerts inside and outside the location. The wheels are already turning in Ross’ mind.
Ross is completing major interior renovations. He said there was a lot of flooring to remove. The exterior of the building was also painted an anthracite color with black trim. The property – vacant for about two and a half years – will soon be back in circulation and he looks forward to the move.
He said the existing Meadowview store will be closed when the North Street store opens.
Ross’s business employs five to six full-time and part-time employees. Her 22 year old son Jacques is the store manager. His second son, Ben, 20, is currently studying electricity.
Store hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Chicago Records opened in 1978 along North Fifth Avenue. Ross started working for the company in the mid-1980s. He bought the company in late 1991.
In 1992 the business moved to the front end of Meadowview. In 1996 it moved to its present location next to Plant fitness.
“This whole process has been ridiculously stressful. I’m cautiously optimistic, I made the right choice after being in business for about 100 years, ”he joked.
He said the retail business has changed, it is still working to redefine the way it operates.
“This is how you stay in business,” he said. “You have to keep changing.”
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