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OSF expansion has local businesses excited

PEORIA, Ill. - Once local businesses heard the news that OSF Healthcare purchased the Chase Bank Building to serve as its ministry headquarters, excitement filled the streets of downtown Peoria. Owners are looking forward to what this move will bring to the area.

"Right now, downtown is getting a shot in the arm and it needed it,” said Joe Slyman owner of Adams Street Cafe & Catering

With 700 more people heading to work in downtown Peoria local businesses are looking forward to the rush.

I think it's great to have a lot of new neighbors in the neighborhood because our specials are different everyday. Regulars already know we're awesome, but to have more opportunity is great,” said Riley Greenwood owner of Riley's Cupcakes "

Local restaurants like Adams Street Cafe and Riley's Cupcakes always see Caterpillar employees coming through their shops. With OSF workers added into the mix they're hoping it will boost the local economy.

"The shop owners that are here, once they hear this, they will feel like there's hope,” said Denise Moore 1st district City Council Member. She adds, “Something's coming down the road that will inspire them to stay and grow their business; which is very encouraging."

With the new OSF Healthcare Headquarters downtown Peoria is dreaming big for the future.

Henry Vicary of CAT said, "More vibrancy, more shops, more things to do downtown."

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