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South Rockford business struggles with move under state pressure

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A long-time Rockford business owner hopes the clock doesn't run out before he can move out of his current south-side location.

Morgan and Main Enterprises has been at its location for more than a dozen years.

"We are diligently trying to get out of the building at this time so that the state can come in and do what they need to do," said owner, Lawrence Morton.

The store front won't be around much longer. Soon, it'll be replaced by a turn lane onto the new South Main Street. Morgan and Main has stayed open through the process of moving to its new location, just across the street.

"We are working on getting out of the building and moving into the carriage house over here," said Morton.

An employee chimed in on the drastic change of size from the previous workspace to the new one.

"We'll be going from a 40,000 square foot facility to a 1800 square foot facility."

But that means there'll be less workers too.

"We're down to Jason and I've got another carpenter and our salesman and myself and one other guy so what's that? Four or five guys," said Morton.

When all is said and done Morgan and Main owner, Lawrence Morton says the Illinois Department of Transportation will have paid around $750,000 for the old building, the moving and renovating the new building.

The moving process hasn't been an easy one. May 10th is when Morton agreed, on paper, to be moved out. Morton says delayed funding from state has held them up.

"We're trying not to hold up the progress that needs to be done," he said. "If we would have got the payment that we got in March, in January or February when we should have got it then we would be a couple of months ahead."

Morgan and Main is remaining open throughout the entire moving process. Its new location is at 310 Morgan Street.

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