The General Store is now officially closed. We have greatly appreciated your support over the years.
The good news is that we do still have minimal inventory left! At the end of the year we will be having one final blow out weekend sale. Please keep checking in with us for more information on this sale.
For Immediate Release
July 16, 2018
Walker’s Bluff General Store Closing as Part of Reorganization
Carterville, Illinois –
Today Walker’s Bluff announced that it will be closing Walker’s Bluff General Store and reorganizing operations in preparation for the final months before November when the Illinois General Assembly will consider measures related to Illinois Gaming as regulated by state law.
“In order to stay in the game during our final push for a gaming license – we’ve had to re-organize to come up with the financial resources we will need for the next several months of lobbying and advocacy,” said Cynde Bunch.
Trends across the nation have shown that rural areas are turning toward recreation and destination-based hospitality as a focus for economic growth – capitalizing on areas offering natural beauty and unique cultural experiences. Walker’s Bluff has been leading a regional effort to join this trend since 2015, by attempting to develop a resort that would include two hotels, an indoor waterpark, deluxe spa and a casino.
“We are pleading with our legislators and doing all that we can to empower our two lobbyists to stay engaged in the conversation that is taking place – which will determine our fate,” said Cynde Bunch. “We once again want to thank the community for the overwhelming support, and ask them to take a stand for this cause – that, as part of a lasting and powerful vision, could help save Southern Illinois. I’ve said before that it is critical for our leaders to take the actions necessary to make our region a significant Midwest destination, and not simply a pass-through,” Bunch added.
Walker’s Bluff will continue to use the General Store as a corporate office and eventual headquarters for The Resort at Walker’s Bluff project if the license is approved. Cynde Bunch is the CEO and founder of Walker’s Bluff, a destination winery and event venue that opened in 2008. She is currently waiting on the passage of pending state legislation to apply for a gaming license from the State of Illinois and move forward with a $175 million-dollar resort and conference expansion planned for Walker’s Bluff that could bring upwards of $25 million annually in state and local tax revenue and $35-$45 million in annual salaries for employees.