Shoppes at Grandon Plaza
Opening June 7, 2023!!
Wednesday 4:00 – 7:00 PM
June 7 thru August 2
Before Concerts at the Grandon Civic Center
Thursdays 10 AM – 6 PM
Fridays 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturdays 10 AM – 4 PM
Information for Prospective Applicants
RENT & HOURS OF OPERATION
The Shoppes at Grandon Plaza will be open May through December each year
Rent for the season is $2,400 ($300 per month) for the 12×16 incubator which will house your small business for the 8-month season, and includes utilities.
Hours – May through December
Please note the dates and times below are the MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS. Vendors may stay open longer than the times listed, and Sunday through Wednesday hours are optional.
Thursdays & Fridays– 10 AM to 6 PM
Saturdays – 10 AM to 4 PM
Additional Summer Hours Required
Wednesday evenings during the 10-week series of Municipal Band Concerts held at the adjacent Grandon Civic Center, from late May through early August each summer, from 4 PM to 7 PM.
These days and hours will be MANDATED, and Vendors should consider who can cover their shops if they cannot be there.
Six 12×16 units will be available each year. Applications WILL NOT be considered unless they are complete.
The application portal will open annually in January. Although not required, prospective applicants are encouraged to submit a business plan with their application and utilize the FREE resources available through the IL Small Business Development Center at Sauk Valley Community College.
Applications will be reviewed in February and Vendors will be notified of their acceptance once reviewed. Possession of the units will be delivered to vendors at the beginning of April and vendors will have one month to customize their spaces prior to the May opening.
An independent jury will review all applications and select the vendors for each season. The jury committee will strive for diversity in vendor offerings, and applications will be reviewed with this in mind. However, multiple applications may be approved that sell similar type items. Once approved, vendors may not add additional products without the prior approval of the Grandon Plaza Shoppes Manager.
Vendors will be provided a contract for the season, and unit assignments will be made by the Grandon Plaza Shoppes Manager. All vendors must participate in the marketing and events of the Shoppes, as well as participate in the required training sessions that will be provided.
No businesses which require potable water, heating or preparing of food onsite will be accepted due to the limitations of the incubator spaces.
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 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
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