DeKalb welcomes new businesses

DeKALB – DeKalb’s newest hotel is open, and a new shoe store is slated to open in April.

Hampton Inn, 663 S. Annie Glidden Road, opened its 80-room facility March 5. The hotel is equipped with an indoor heated swimming pool, 24-hour fitness center and business center, among other amenities.

The hotel is already booked for this weekend with parties from collegiate speech teams, wedding guests and wrestlers, said Michelle Glosser, Hampton Inn general manager.

The hotel employs more than 20 people, but that number will change depending on how busy it gets. It expects to have six to eight full-time employees, Glosser said.

DSW officials plan to open the national shoe retailer’s location at 2347 Sycamore Road on April 10. The store is opening in half of the storefront that used to be Old Navy. The other part of the former Old Navy will be occupied by discount retailer Five Below.

DSW Inc., formerly known as Discount Shoe Warehouse, offers a wide selection of brand name and designer dress, casual and athletic footwear and accessories for women, men and children. It operates 394 stores in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as 356 leased departments for other retailers in the U.S.

Between 25 and 40 full-and part-time employees will work at the 11,000-square-foot store. The store’s normal business hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

– Shaw Media reporters Katie Dahlstrom and Andrea Azzo contributed to this story.

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