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THE BUZZ: Bridal business opens in downtown Ottawa

Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a ribbon cutting for Say I Do & More, 203 W. Main St., on April 19.

The location offers a “one-stop shop” for bridal needs offering both bakery and decorating services as well as photography.

For more information, call 815-313-5201 or visit

The Super 8 in Ottawa has changed hands.

Owner Darryl Anderson and his wife, Margaret, announced he sold the business at 500 E. Etna Road to Sanjay Patel, of Tuscola.

Anderson owned the hotel for 30 years and originally moved to the area from North Dakota.

He said Patel is an “excellent” operator and owns eight other hotels in Illinois.

Ottawa’s Super 8 was offered the “Top 8” award by Super 8, which recognized the hotel as one of the top eight hotels out of their 2,500 locations. The location also received a “Pride of Super 8” distinction 30 years in a row.

Anderson recalled getting on board to implement the hotel-motel tax that originally started with $10,000 a year to spend on “putting heads on beds,” which has since grown to $400,000 a year.

He said he expects to spend most of his retirement playing with his grandchildren.

Subway to close 500 stores in an effort to expand internationally

Subway announced plans Wednesday to close 500 U.S. stores this year.

Bloomberg reported the decision to close the stores this year is part of an effort to expand overseas with 1,000 new locations in the United Kingdom, China, India and Latin America.

The closure of 500 stores follows last year’s 800 stores that were shuttered.

A list of store closures has not yet been released.

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