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Josh Green and Erin Jones, Lululemon Athletica Inc.
Cynthia Reeves | SBJ
Josh Green and Erin Jones, Lululemon Athletica Inc.

Open for Business: Lululemon

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Lululemon
Lululemon Athletica Inc. moved across Glenstone Avenue Oct. 29 to the Battlefield Mall. It first opened in June 2020 with a pop-up shop in Brentwood Center North. The athletic apparel retailer is near Sephora and White House Black Market, filling 2,500 square feet of space formerly occupied by Banana Republic, which shuttered. Manager Erin Jones leads a staff of 25 at the store, which sells apparel and accessories for yoga, running, training and sports. The company operates over 530 stores worldwide, including seven in Missouri, according to its website. Jones declined to disclose relocation costs or lease terms with mall owner Simon Property Group. Year-over-year net revenue for Vancouver, Canada-based Lululemon increased 61% to $1.5 billion at the end of fiscal 2021’s second quarter, according to its most recent earnings report.
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday
Phone: 417-708-6149
Web: Lululemon.com

Connelly Plumbing, Heating and Air
Des Moines, Iowa-based The Waldinger Corp. closed Nov. 8 on the acquisition of Connelly Plumbing, Heating and Air and its sister company, CMI Mechanical. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. Danny Edwards, Connelly’s former president, now serves as general manager of Waldinger’s Springfield branch. Edwards’ children also stayed on board: Matthew Edwards as service manager, Brett Edwards as construction manager and Kayley Edwards Graves as project engineer. Matthew Edwards said the Connelly Plumbing name remains for now but will eventually transition to Connelly-Waldinger. Connelly Plumbing’s office at 1219 E. Division St. remains in operation, he said, adding all 75 members of its workforce continue employment as part of the deal. The Waldinger Corp. now has 1,050 construction tradespeople and over 300 service technicians across its six-state region. Danny Edwards’ father, John Edwards, bought Connelly Plumbing in 1961.
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: 417-866-2256
Web: ConnellyPlumbing.com

Crosstown Barbecue
Crosstown Barbecue Inc.’s food truck, which debuted in July at 1265 E. Battlefield Road, relocated Sept. 29 to 3850 S. Campbell Ave. in the parking lot near furniture and mattress store Weekends Only. Owner Steve Williams said he was forced to move the mobile eatery from its former space in a Pep Boys parking lot due to a request from the auto shop. He said local Pep Boys management were overruled by corporate officials to continue having an on-site food truck. Crosstown Barbecue, started in 1970 by Williams’ father, Jesse, also has a brick-and-mortar restaurant at 1331 E. Division St. The food truck’s menu includes smoked meats, ribs and sandwiches, as well as items such as smoked turkey legs and barbecue nachos not sold at the restaurant. Prices mostly range $8-$19, according to the menu. The food truck employs two.
Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday
Phone: 417-599-3170
Web: CrosstownBarbecue.com

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