Construction is underway Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, near the corner of East State Street and Mill Road on two new restaurant and a quick-change oil service business. (Photo by Kevin Haas/Rock River Current)
By Kevin Haas
Rock River Current
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ROCKFORD — Two new restaurants and a quick-service oil change business are coming to the corner of East State Street and Mill Road on the city’s east end.

Core Rockford 1, a division of the Deerfield-based Core Acquisitions, is developing the former Rockford Area Realtors property for three tenants.

The company, which purchased the former Realtors building for $1.47 million in March, subdivided the property into two lots. The first will be home to a three-bay Valvoline Instant Oil Change. The second building will be 6,000 square feet and house two national chain quick-service restaurants, said Adam Firsel, managing principal of Core Acquisitions.

Mission BBQ, a restaurant that strives to honor men and women who serve in the armed forces, will fill the eastern side of the building. Five Guys is relocating from its current spot to the western end cap of the building, Firsel said.
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“We’re excited to bring more retailers to that corridor in Rockford,” he said.

Construction is expected to be complete in May, with the businesses opening a few months after.

Rockford Area Realtors is now located at 1161 Tebala Blvd.

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This article is by Kevin Haas. Email him at or follow him on Twitter at @KevinMHaas or Instagram @thekevinhaas.

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