Retail

Sam's Club

Sam's Club in Moline will close later this month, putting about 150 people out of work. It's one of 63 stores across the country Walmart Stores plans to close this month.

Google Data Explorer, US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Unemployment continued to fall in the Quad Cities in September. It dropped more than one full percentage point - from 5.5 per cent a year ago to 4.3 per cent last month. 

Unemployment continued to fall in the Quad Cities in August, falling from 5.3 per cent last year to 4.5 per cent last month. 

Submitted / Theisen's Home, Farm and Auto

Two empty stores in Davenport will open again in the fall with a different retailer.

Theisen's Home, Farm and Auto announced Monday it bought the former Kmart and Hancock Fabrics buildings to open a new store. The family-owned business, based in Dubuque, has 20 locations in Iowa and two in Wisconsin. Its closest store is located in DeWitt, Iowa.

Co-owner Chris Theisen says the family has been trying to find a suitable location in Davenport.

Bud's Skyline Inn / http://budsskylineinn.com/

The Quad City Airport hopes to attract more retail development after buying more property. Yesterday, the airport authority voted to buy Bud's Skyline Inn and the owner's house next door for 905,000 dollars. Director, Bruce Carter, says the land will generate property tax revenue, and the airport will receive rent.  The Quad City Airport already bought the former Flick's property and plans to market the entire nine acres.

Sarah Ritter / WVIK News

When the owner of South Park Mall spruced up the property, it also re-used concrete,  recycled steel, and changed hundreds of light bulbs. Last week, Macerich celebrated the renovation project in Moline, and won an award for sustainability.