ST. CHARLES – The last Blockbuster in the Tri-Cities is preparing to close.
The St. Charles store at 2025 Lincoln Highway is among 300 Blockbuster stores closing nationwide, said Barbara Ellis, director of marketing for the company. She said its closing date depends on how long its inventory lasts.
Blockbuster stores at 2712 E. Main St. in St. Charles and 1792 S. Randall Road in Geneva closed within the past three years.
Other recent closings in St. Charles include the Copper Fox Cafe at 305 W. Main St. It served breakfast, lunch and dinner. Owner Dimitrios Lolis was convicted in a bench trial last year of squeezing a waitress’s breast against her will. He has since filed court papers seeking a new trial or reversal of the conviction on claims that the judge didn’t adequately inform him of his right to a jury trial.
Attempts to reach Lolis were unsuccessful Monday, but a sign taped to the restaurant’s window had this message: “Thank you for allowing us to serve you. It has been a pleasure!”
Inside, the restaurant appeared vacant of tables and chairs.
Economic Development Director Chris Aiston said the Copper Fox closed within the last two weeks. The Copper Fox shared the same building as the shuttered Scotland Yard.
The building is for sale, Aiston said.