Moline welcomes opening of new Olive Garden at SouthPark Mall
Quad-City Times, by Jennifer DeWitt, Dec 11, 2017 [link]
The Illinois Quad-Cities has craved its own Olive Garden for at least 20 years and the wait ended Monday when the Italian food chain restaurant opened at SouthPark Mall, Moline.
Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri, who invited Leach to attend the long-awaited opening, said the restaurant’s arrival “is big for Moline.”
“It’s a wonderful family restaurant and we’re glad it’s here.”
She envisions SouthPark and mall owner Macerich reinventing the mall into an “eatertainment” destination, a destination for people — particularly Millennials — to go for eating, entertainment and shopping. “This is a great step toward that,” she said.
Acri credited the city’s work with its retail consultant Retail Strategies for landing Olive Garden.
Moline began working with Retail Strategies in early 2014. Portfolio director Beth Miller and Derek Cassels have worked to place several retailers in the community, including successes such as Dick’s Sporting Good’s, Panda Express, Popeye’s, Verizon, Chick Fil A, and Olive Garden.
Retail Strategies has been a PROUD PARTNER with Moline since 2014.