Sam’s Club, kayak and canoe rentals coming to Montgomery
By Judy Pochel For The Beacon-News February 18, 2013 2:02PM
Sam's Club plans to open a store in Montgomery, Ill. at the Ogden Hill Commercial Subdivision at Routes 30 and 34. Sun-Times Media | File photo
Updated: March 20, 2013 6:26AM
MONTGOMERY — At the same time the village is embarking on a new plan to guide growth , a major retailer is planning to locate in the Ogden Hill Commercial Subdivision at Routes 30 and 34.
Officials with Sam’s Club recently met with the Planning Commission to have technical issues cleared making way for the giant retailer to open the 136,000-square-foot facility.
There will also be a six-pump fuel station serving only Sam’s Club members.
Construction will begin later this summer with opening planned for fall 2014.
Another, much smaller, business also is planning to come into the village. James Ihssen and Carrie Gallo are requesting a special use classification to support a kayak and canoe rental business, as well as possible honey sales.
They plan to buy a home and business structure at 109 and 111 N. River St.
Ihssen the site on the banks of the Fox River is a great location for renting kayaks. He plans to store the kayaks behind the structure.
Planning commissioners voiced concern that the business did not fit with the Mill District and the village’s past planning efforts. But the commission did move the request on to the Village Board.
“Our goal is to bring life and use back into the properties at 109 and 111 River St. We believe they are a key focal point to the downtown area and deserved to be maintained as such,” Ihssen said.
He said the proposed name of the business is Montgomery Kayak and Canoe. It would offer rentals, river trips and paddle boat excursions.
In addition, he is also a beekeeper and said he is “excited about the possibility of somehow using this location for our honey business. I envision Montgomery Honey Company where we educate consumers on the natural health benefits of local honey and offer organic honey made specifically in Montgomery.”
The Village Board is expected to consider the Sam’s Club and kayak center at Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.