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Mattoon Starbucks set to open in spring

MATTOON -- The first-ever Starbucks location in Mattoon is scheduled to open within a few months as part of the newly constructed Mattoon Marketplace 3.

"Starbucks is always looking for great locations to better meet the needs of our customers, and we are happy to confirm that we will be opening a new drive-thru location in Mattoon, Illinois in spring 2018," reported a Starbucks spokesperson in a press release.

The planned Starbucks location is at the east end of Mattoon Marketplace 3, a five-unit retail center that sits between Cracker Barrel and the existing Mattoon Marketplace 2. Thompson Thrift Retail Group of Indianapolis is developing the Mattoon Marketplace buildings.

Thompson Thrift previously announced that AT & T and Great Clips also will have locations in Mattoon Marketplace 3. Contractors recently placed a marque sign on the exterior of the AT & T space.

Mattoon Rehab honors Thomas

MATTOON -- Sandra Thomas has been named as the employee of the month for December at Mattoon Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center.

Thomas is a certified nursing assistant and has been on staff since July at Mattoon Rehab, 2121 S. Ninth St. She was voted employee of the month by her peers. Mattoon Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center reported that Thomas is a team player and a valuable member of the staff.

Ewing earns license to practice architecture

MATTOON -- The Upchurch Group, Inc. of Mattoon announced that Andrew Ewing has earned his State of Illinois license to practice the profession of Architecture.

He completed the Master of Architecture program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 2013, and joined The Upchurch Group, Inc. on March 23, 2015, as an Intern Architect while completing the pre-qualifications for the professional licensing exams.

Ewing has several years of experience in all phases of design and project management, for public school projects, manufacturing and health care facilities. A lifelong resident of the area, Andrew currently resides in Neoga with his wife of two-and-a-half years, Ashley.

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