Huge golf event expected to be a boon for business

By on August 7, 2009

Village offers vendors opportunity during Solheim Cup
by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Local food vendors could have approximately 30,000 potential additional customers during the week of the Solheim Cup.

The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry will offer vendors space to sell their food and beverage products in the Sugar Grove Village Hall parking lot. The Village Hall is along Route 30, which is on the way from the east to Rich Harvest Farms, where the event will take place.

The Sugar Grove Chamber first will offer the opportunity to its food business members. If there are additional spaces after the Chamber has commitments from these businesses, it will then open up the opportunity to the other food vendors in town.

The idea came about when Catering Gourmets owner Janet Lagerloef approached the village regarding setting up a spot to sell coffee, burgers and other food on private property along Granart Road. The Illinois State Police and the Ladies Professional Golf Association had safety concerns regarding traffic flow at that location, which led the village to come up with this alternative.

Lagerloef, who is considering the village’s option, said she appreciated the offer. The Solheim Cup takes place from Monday, Aug. 17 to Sunday, Aug. 23.