Sal’s Famous CheeseSteak moved last year into a new home in Justice after 10 years at 78th Street and Cicero Avenue near Ford City Mall.
“The rent was getting too high and the landlord didn’t want to negotiate,” said Salim Bal, who decided to move the restaurant closer to home.
“I didn’t want to sign another 10-year lease with yearly rent increases,” Bal said. “I have lived in the area all my life so I decided to move here.”
He closed the shop and reopened at 8025 W. 79th St. in the shopping center at the corner of 79th Street and Roberts Road in Justice.
Sal’s is a family affair.
“It’s me, my wife and the kids,” he said.
He said the move has been good for business.
“Everything on the menu is the same and even a little cheaper because the price of doing business here is cheaper than in Chicago,” Bal said.
Bal said the new shop is about 960 square feet and has a front dining room that has six tables and another six high stools.
He said the shop’s specialty is a Philly cheesesteak but its extensive menu also includes hot dogs, hamburgers, gyros, grilled chicken and salads.
Bal said he also offers carryout and he will deliver within two miles of the plaza.
The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
For information, call 708-728-0725 or visit the website at www.salsfamouscheesesteak.com.
Summit OKs new business
Summit trustees this week approved a business license for Different Mobile, which will do business as a Boost wireless retail/payment center. The office will be located at 7520 W. 63rd St.
Staples to close store
Office supply store chain Staples will close its Tinley Park store on Saturday, at 16189 S. Harlem Ave. in the Tinley Park Plaza.
The store is holding a clearance sale until it closes.
The retailer closed more than 125 stores in 2014 and will have shuttered at least 225 by the end of this year.
A store employee said Staples locations in Orland Park and Frankfort would be staying open.
The closings are part of a pattern of consolidations in the office supply business as stores no longer need as much floor space to sell the supplies and electronics that schools and businesses purchase.
Office Depot, which merged in 2013 with OfficeMax, is in the process of closing 400 stores in the United States.
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