Photo by Joe Boyle
A vacant building may soon be the site of WS Cuts Barbershop and Beauty Salon, 6611 W. 111th St., Suite E, in Worth.
By Joe Boyle
Two businesses have received tentative approval to open up along 111th Street in Worth.
While the village has been hampered due to the effects of COVID-19, the Worth Village Board has given JT's Tobacco and Vape Shop approval to open at 7179 W. 111th St., which was a former cellphone company at the corner of 111th and Harlem.
The other business that has been given a tentative green light is WS Cuts Barbershop and Beauty Salon at 6611 W. 111th St., Suite E.
The board gave tentative approval at the July 7 meeting, which was the first in-person session held in three months due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Amer Yahya would be the owner of JT's. Yasmin El-Rabdi would be the owner of WS Cuts. The licenses for both businesses are contingent upon having passed all inspections and being in compliance with all the codes and ordinances specified for the village. The owners received the tentative approval through the consent agenda.
Both Yahya and El-Rabdi attended the July 7 board meeting, which had few residents in attendance. Desks were distanced at least six feet of each other and face coverings were worn.
Parking would be available in the back of WS Cuts. EL-Rabdi said no business will be conducted in the building until she officially gets her license.
Yahya said JT's would be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Board members said that JT's would have parking for 28 vehicles.
Board members were appreciative of the fact that two new businesses could be joining the village, especially during the pandemic. The board also brought up the issue of Thorntons gas station, which is scheduled to be built at the corner of 111th Street and Ridgeland Avenue.
Mayor Mary Werner wondered aloud if anyone had heard anything from officials at Thorntons, who announced their plans to build in Worth over a year ago.
At this point, Village Clerk Bonnie Price shared some good news.
"They just called us this morning (July 7)," Price said. "Thorntons said they just have to get the paperwork together and sign some papers."
That news brought a smile to the face of Werner and other board members who were wondering when there was going to be any movement on that development. Thorntons also plans to build a service station at the corner of 111th and Roberts Road in Palos Hills.
News on Thorntons will be coming soon, Price said. The village clerk added that she has received no word yet on a groundbreaking date.
Trustee Laura Packwood, who is the head of the golf committee, said the sale of food and beverages are coming back slowly to Edge Bar & Grill Banquet facility at the Water's Edge Golf Club, 7205 W. 111th St.
Packwood said overall golf figures originally were down for 2020 due to the coronavirus. However, the amount of golfers teeing up at Water's Edge has increased notably this summer.
"Everybody is out golfing," Packwood said. "So, actually, it is a pretty good good golf year."
The increase in golfers at Water's Edge since the summer has arrived is due to COVID-19. Packwood added that everyone just wants to get out and have fun. The nice weather has helped, too, she said.
The village of Worth will hold a public hearing on the proposed annual appropriation ordinance and revenue sharing expenditures for the fiscal year May 1, 2020 and ending April 30, 2021 at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 at the Worth Village Hall, 7112 W. 111th St.