Four years after its Queen City debut, Craft Sushi launched its second restaurant July 5 at 1282 E. Republic Road. Michael Cho, who co-owns the eatery with wife Jenny, said supply chain and construction delays pushed back the opening date, originally targeted for the spring. He declined to disclose startup costs or lease terms with landlord Twin Oaks Market Place LLC. The shop fills roughly 2,000 square feet near CoxHealth at the intersection of Republic Road and National Avenue in a space formerly occupied by Jax and Gabe’s Pizzeria, which closed in 2019. Cho said he wanted the shop to be near the CoxHealth corridor, noting the first Craft Sushi at 1251 E. Sunshine St., Ste. 116, is in a retail and office center across from Mercy Hospital Springfield. He said his wife oversees the Republic Road store, which employs 18. Cho said he exited his position in March as director of hospitality at Hickory Hills Country Club to focus full time on the eateries. Prices at the restaurant for customizable sushi rolls and poke bowls range $7.75-$11.50.
Win Publishing, a fundraising company for high schools, relocated July 1 to Springfield from Nixa. John Martinez, who bought the company last year from Steve Gilbert, said Win Publishing is now located at 909 E. Republic Road in a building that is owned by and houses Connell Insurance Inc. He declined to disclose lease terms or relocation costs. Win Publishing designs, prints and distributes high school sports posters and schedules, selling advertising and sponsorships that are split with athletic departments and booster clubs. Martinez said he leases 5,300 square feet in the two-story building, about 4,000 square feet of which is used for Win Publishing. The portion of the building not used by Connell Insurance most recently housed Lindenwood University. The remainder of Martinez’s space is used for his newest business: a franchise of Las Vegas-based First Choice Business Brokers. Between Win and FCBB, Martinez said he employs 20.
CMH Willard Rehabilitation Clinic
After opening a medical center last year in Willard, Citizens Memorial Hospital expanded its services in the Greene County city with the July 5 launch of a rehabilitation clinic. The Bolivar-based health system opened CMH Willard Rehabilitation Clinic at 520 E. Jackson St., Stes. 8-9. The physical therapy clinic fills 3,200 square feet in Prairie View Shopping Center. CMH spokesperson Tamera Heitz-Peek said John Klass is the physical therapist at the two-employee clinic. Klass specializes in pre- and post-surgical care, sports injuries, orthopedics, lower back pain, chronic pain and general rehabilitation. Bales Construction Co. handled infill for the space with Facility Design Group LLC as architect. Heitz-Peek said construction was $306,000, declining to disclose furniture and equipment costs or CMH’s five-year lease rate with center landlord PV LLC. The clinic is a half-mile from CMH Willard Medical Center and Walk-in Clinic, which opened in December 2021.
417 Cocktails LLC moved; 7 Brew Coffee added its first shop in Lebanon; and Branson outlet store for Baltimore, Maryland-based sports apparel retailer Under Armour relocated.