Downtown restaurants close

Published: Tuesday, March 05, 2013 @ 1:34 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 05, 2013 @ 1:37 PM

Two longtime downtown chain restaurants have closed.

The last day of business at Gold Star Chili and Great Steak & Potato was Thursday, according to Dad Alexander, an employee of the Dayton Mall Gold Star location.

Like the two franchises that had operated at 137 N. Main St., the Dayton Mall Gold Star is owned by Jamil Shteiwi.

Shteiwi did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

It was not immediately clear why the business closed.

Kristen Wicker, a spokeswoman with the Downtown Dayton Partnership, said a location is being sought that could better meet Shteiwi’s needs.

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Gold Star is known for its Cincinnat-style chili and cheese coneys. There are nearly 100 restaurant locations throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Great Steak & Potato serves cheesesteak sandwiches in hundreds of locations throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

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NEW MOVE: Local building to be renamed Coldwell Banker

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 3:01 PM


            NEW MOVE: Local building to be renamed Coldwell Banker

Coldwell Banker Heritage is consolidating two of its offices into a new Washington Twp. location that will allow it to grow in its 50th year as a company.

The firm will close two of its offices near the Dayton Mall and in Centerville when the leases run out, and will move into a new 10,000-square-feet office being built out in the Galleria Building at 8534 Yankee St.

The 64,000-square-foot building will be renamed the Coldwell Banker Building and will hold 65 Coldwell Banker employees in the leased office space, according to Ron Sweeney, managing partner.

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“The move will allow us to grow more agents, give our existing agents an office that better fits their needs all while taking care of our clients’ needs, ” Sweeney said.

Coldwell Banker Heritage has 365 agents in the Dayton area in nine sales offices, the most the company has had in its 50 years. Sweeney said he believes that number will grow.

“The past two years have been some of the best for the company. If we can get more inventory in the market, I expect our growth to continue,” Sweeney said.

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The company, which saw sales increase by 12 percent in 2016, will move into the Washington Twp. office in September, Sweeney said. He said once they move in, the building will have less than 5,000 square feet of empty office space.

Coldwell Banker Heritage, which has a corporate headquarters location at 4060 Executive Drive in Dayton, was started in 1967 as Heritage Realtors. The company franchised with Coldwell Banker in 1996.

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Low-cost air carrier offers $65 trip to Europe

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 1:37 PM

Low-cost airline Norwegian Air announced it will offer 10 new routes and 38 transatlantic flights between European cities to New York, Boston and New England areas.

The company announced it was introducing flights this summer from Edinburgh, Belfast, Cork, Shannon and Dublin — and these flights will serve smaller U.S. airports in New York, Boston and New England areas. The smaller airports carry lower landing charges and allow the airline to offer affordable fares, according to a company statement.

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One-way flights bound for Europe started at $65 for the first 10,000 seats, but were quickly selling out last week. Once the introductory phase is over, flights will cost $99 and up.

Norwegian will add new flight crew bases and plans to hire pilots and flight attendants at Rhode Island’s T.F. Green Airport and Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, about 60 miles north of New York City. Year-round flights from those airports to Edinburgh, Scotland, begin in June, and to four airports in Ireland and Northern Ireland in July.

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The transatlantic routes will operate on a new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, and passengers will be able to travel in economy cabins with hot and cold food options available for purchase.

Norwegian carries 4.5 million passengers in the United Kingdom every year, and first introduced low-cost, long-haul flights back in 2014.

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Amusement firm has ‘best year ever:’ 3 things to know about Kings Island

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 10:27 AM

Amusement firm has ‘best year ever:’ 3 things to know about Kings Island

In case you didn’t know, having fun in Ohio is big business.

Very big business. Cedar Point in Sandusky had 3,507,000 visitors push through its turnstiles in 2015, an eight percent increase over the year before, according to a national report released last year.

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Our area’s own Kings Island, in Mason, wasn’t far behind, with 3,335,000 guests descending on the 364-acre park, also an increase compared to 2014, of three percent.

Last year, Ohio-based Cedar Fair saw total attendance increase by 4.9 percent across 17 properties. The company ranked No. 5 worldwide in attendance for 2015, according to a report by Themed Entertainment Association.

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Here are a few things to know about the big business of fun in Ohio.

1. Fun is profitable. 

Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. — owner of Kings Island — last week declared a regular quarterly cash distribution of $0.855 per limited partner unit, a payout to shareholders or what the company calls “unitholders.”

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The distribution, which is payable March 15 this year to unitholders of record as of Friday, is the company’s 31st straight year year of paying cash to unitholders.

Matt Ouimet, Cedar Fair’s chief executive officer, declared 2016 “the most successful year in our history.” Why? See the attendance numbers above.

2. Fun is mysterious.

You have have heard, but King’s Island is getting another wooden roller coaster.

The ride — Kings Island’s 16th roller coaster — is scheduled to open this spring and is called “Mystic Timbers,” with riders being treated to a journey that rises 109 feet, with 16 airtime moments along a 3,265-foot long track, all ending in a dark shed.

In fact, there’s a Twitter hashtag devoted to the whole question of #WhatsInTheShed?

Word is, by the time workers complete construction, they will have used some 330,000 board feet of southern yellow lumber; 30,000 pounds of nails; 88,000 bolts and washers and 4,500 cubic yards of concrete for the foundation.

Even before anyone has enjoyed the coaster, Mystic Timbers recent made USA Today’s list of the most anticipated roller coasters of 2017.

3. Fun is hiring. 

Kings Island has some 4,200 job openings for its 45th annual season, which opens April 15.

Applicants have to be 15 years old or older, and there are a lot of jobs out there: admissions, call center, cash control, entertainment, food and beverage, fire and safety, games, guest services, lifeguards — and a whole lot more.

For more information or questions regarding employment, call (513) 754-5748.

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Parent company of T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods to open new home store

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:20 AM

Parent company of T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods to open new home store

The parent company of discount stores, like T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods, announced it will launch a new home store concept later this year.

TJX Cos. official said it will open a new chain store that will sell items for the home, but will be completely different than HomeGoods. In an earnings call last week, Chief Executive Ernie Herrman said the company will use existing distribution centers and supply chain to support the new brand.

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“Looking ahead, we see many opportunities to continue our successful growth and are pursuing many initiatives to keep driving shoppers to our stores,” Herrman told investors. “We are making strategic investments in our infrastructure, stores, and new seeds to strengthen our leadership positions and allow us to capture additional market share in the U.S. and internationally.”

Herman did not say what the name of the store will be or where they will open new locations.

TJX has more than 3,800 stores with sales of more than $33 billion annually. The company also added 198 stores during the fiscal year that ended on Jan. 28. HomeGoods, Marshalls and T.J. Maxx will all add stores in the U.S. in 2017, according to a company statement.

HomeGoods has locations in Beavercreek, Miamisburg, and three others in the Cincinnati area. T.J. Maxx has stores in Kettering, Miamisburg, Beavercreek, West Chester Twp. and multiple in Cincinnati. Marshalls has locations in Huber Heights and another at Cross Pointe Shopping Center in the Dayton area, among others in Cincinnati.

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The positive growth for the company, which specifically focuses on discount brands, comes as several retailers downsize brick-and-mortar stores and struggle to maintain profits.

Though retail sales are expected to grow between 3.7 and 4.2 percent, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2017 economic forecast, online sales will grow faster. Online and other non-store sales will increase between 8 and 12 percent — most likely forcing additional closures of brick-and-mortar stores, including several in the Miami Valley.

Stores like Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Sears and Kmart announced store locations will close across the U.S., including in Ohio.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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