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Developer ‘With Huge Good Heart’ Shapes Rockford’s Identity

(RRStar, Jul 20, 2014, Kevin Haas)-Real estate powerhouse Sunil Puri, perhaps more than anyone else in the past 20 years, has reshaped the region’s physical and economic identity.


Puri is president and sole owner of First Rockford Group, a real estate development and property management company with holdings in the Midwest, primarily in Illinois and Wisconsin.


If you’ve lived in or visited Rockford, you’ve likely been inside a First Rockford development or a project that Puri has supported philanthropically or as a business partner.


Count yourself among those who have visited one of Sunil’s sites if you’ve ever played a round of mini-putt at Volcano Falls, caught a flick at ShowPlace 14, had a bite at Chipotle Mexican Grill, read a book at Barnes & Noble, bought fishing gear at Gander Mountain, picked up a gallon of milk at Woodman’s — or plan to at the Meijer that’s going up — had a meal and watched a show at District Bar & Grill, kicked a soccer ball at Sportscore Two or filled up your gas tank at Road Ranger.


Those are a few of the projects Puri and First Rockford have developed or otherwise helped jump-start, from retail, office and warehouse to restaurants and hospitality.

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