Shoppes at Grandon Plaza

Applications are now being accepted!

The Shoppes at Grandon Plaza is a small business incubator project by Sterling Main Street.

The long-term goal of this project is to continue to foster entrepreneurship in Sterling and the greater Sauk Valley region. To provide a structured setting for new businesses to test their market, while also providing ongoing educational support and training for those entrepreneurs to help ensure their best chance of long-term success. And further, to provide a pipeline of new businesses to keep storefronts occupied in downtown Sterling, and add to the prosperity of our community.

Running a business is a big venture and we want you to succeed! This is why applicants are asked to submit their business plan along with their application. If you don’t have one yet, the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Sauk Valley Community College can help you create one. Their services are free of charge. 

Applications will remain open until all units are full. Lease start dates may vary  based on date of acceptance. The units are seasonal, with availability to be open from April through December each year.

Our Current Shoppes

Rustic Paw Studio


Vendors may stay open longer than the times listed, and Sunday through Wednesday hours are optional.

  • Thursdays 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Fridays 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Saturdays 10:00am – 4:00pm

Information for Prospective Applicants

The Shoppes at Grandon Plaza can be open April through December of each year. 

Six 12×16 units will be available each year. Rent for the incubator unit which will house your small business is $300  per month, and includes utilities.

Vendor Selection

Applications WILL NOT be considered unless they are complete.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a business plan with their application. If you need assistance in preparing your business plan, please contact the IL Small Business Development Center at Sauk Valley Community College. This is a Free resource for business support & training.

Sterling Main Street’s Economic Vitality committee will review all applications as they are received. 
If approved, a lease will be provided and a location assignment will be made by the Shoppe’s Manager. All accepted applicants shall  participate in cooperative marketing, events and training opportunities provided as part of the incubator process. Subletting of units during the lease term is not permitted.

All tenants will be required to have a business EIN as well as pay sales tax when applicable. If your business type requires additional licensing, proof of that will be required as well.

No businesses which require potable water, heating or preparing of food onsite will be accepted due to the limitations of the incubator spaces. Prepackaged food for offsite consumption is allowable.  If you intend to sell such food items, please include detail on where your products are prepared under the business description section below and attach a copy of your food sanitation and other required licensing as one of your uploads. 

Cancellation Policy

No refunds for vendor cancellations will be given. Vendors may not sublet their location to another vendor. Vendors who do so will forfeit their lease. Only vendors listed and approved on the original agreement will be allowed.

Sales Tax & Licensing

All Shoppes are required to pay sales tax when applicable, as well as carry insurance on space and product. If your business type requires licensing, proof of that will be require as well.

Vendor applicants with additional questions may contact:

Sterling Main Street
Janna Groharing, Executive Director
15 East 3rd Street
Sterling, IL 61081
Phone:  815-626-8610

Food Trucks Also Wanted

Rendering provided by McCloud & Associates Architecture

2 Parking Pads dedicated for use by area Food Trucks are also available. 220 electric available, no generator needed. Dates must be scheduled in advance. Contact Sterling Main Street for more information and to reserve your dates.

Thank You to our Project Partners and Investors

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