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Volo, Illinois Sets Focus on Retail Recruitment


CONTACT: Katelyn Little
Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (July 8, 2022) – Volo, Illinois has selected Retail Strategies, the leading national community development firm, to develop and execute a retail recruitment plan on behalf of the village.  After a long-standing relationship with village leaders, we will begin our partnership to proactively recruit retail for the village.

“Volo will be taking advantage of the growth and development happening in and around the village by focusing on retail and real estate redevelopment, “said Beth Miller, portfolio director for Retail Strategies.  “Our team is excited to begin this partnership and take a deep dive into the market to advance this community’s growth further.”

Trustee Mike Wagner, who chairs the Village’s Economic Development Committee, stated, “Volo is one of the fastest growing communities in Illinois.  We have seen sustained growth over the last 20 years that promises to bring long-lasting stability to our community.  We are excited to partner with Retail Strategies to have them identify new retail, restaurant, hospitality, and businesses for our retail corridors and development opportunities.  We hope to create a higher quality of life for our residents and potential new residents considering calling Volo their home.”

Through the partnership, the village will receive a tailored retail recruitment plan based on in-depth market analysis, consumer analysis, real estate assessment, and proactive retail and broker outreach by the Retail Strategies team.  Beth Miller and Julia Giardina, members of Volo’s Retail Strategies team, will perform a boots-on-the-ground tour of the market to analyze the real estate opportunities and identify areas of opportunity for expanding businesses.  The next step is to create a retail recruitment plan and begin proactive outreach about specific retail real estate opportunities in Volo to potential companies, property owners, brokers, and developers.

About Volo, Illinois

The Village of Volo is located in Lake County, Illinois, approximately 45 miles northwest of Chicago.  Incorporated in 1993, Volo has grown from 280 residents to over 6,100.  Housing starts have averaged 100 per year, for the last 20 years.  Volo is home to the Volo Museum, a fun, family-friendly museum that attracts over 250,000 visitors per year with more than 33 awe-inspiring exhibits, including Jurassic Gardens, a thrilling experience with moving, life-like animatronic dinosaurs.  Potential development sites are located along the US Route 12 and IL Route 120 regional transportation corridors, many with utilities available at the property.  The Village’s dedicated development team works collaboratively with developers to expeditiously move projects through the entitlement and permitting processes.

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