Macy’s ‘fine-tuning’ staffing at some stores

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:59 AM


No Macy’s stores will close in the Dayton region in the near future, but staff changes could occur, according to a company spokeswoman.

“We are fine-tuning our staffing needs in some of our smaller stores to better tailor our in-store resources with business needs and expectations, while providing the best possible customer service experience. This includes increasing associates in some areas of store operations and reducing associates in others. We have not provided a breakdown of these changes by store or region,” the Macy’s spokeswoman said.

Earlier this month, the company announced the closure of 11 Macy’s stores — including one in downtown Cincinnati. It’s part of the retailer’s plan to close approximately 100 stores, which was announced back in August 2016.

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The following Macy’s stores will be closing in early 2018. In most cases, clearance sales started Jan. 8 and run for approximately 8 to 12 weeks. Macy’s has closed a total of 124 stores since 2015.

  • Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, CA
  • Westside Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
  • Novato (Furniture), Novato, CA
  • Stonestown Galleria, San Francisco, CA
  • The Oaks, Gainesville, FL
  • Miami (Downtown), Miami, FL
  • Magic Valley Mall, Twin Falls, ID
  • Honey Creek Mall, Terre Haute, IN
  • Birchwood Mall, Fort Gratiot Township, MI
  • Fountain Place, Cincinnati, OH
  • Burlington Town Center, Burlington, VT


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Port Authority: Hospital ready to build $28M health center

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 2:11 PM

Dayton Children’s Hospital has been planning a new community health center at Stanley Avenue and Valley Street. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Dayton Children’s Hospital has been planning a new community health center at Stanley Avenue and Valley Street. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Dayton Children’s Hospital is ready to build a long-planned $28 million community health center on a former industrial site, Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority officers said Tuesday.

The independent pediatrics hospital last year proposed to build a 50,000-square-foot medical facility by its main campus, to be called the Center for Community Health and Advocacy.

Late last year, the city of Dayton approved rezoning the former Dayton Electroplate property at the corner of Stanley Avenue and Valley Street to make way for the new center, to be built by Beavercreek-based Synergy & Mills Development.

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In the interim, the hospital asked the Port Authority to take title on the property, hold it and then deed the site back to the hospital at the appropriate time, said Jerry Brunswick, executive director of the Port Authority.

Brunswick believes the hospital may be ready to proceed with the center’s construction, he said.

A message seeking comment was left with a spokeswoman for Dayton Children’s. Another hospital representative declined to immediately comment at length, but said early work at the site has already started.

“We’ve owned it (the property) for purposes of facilitating that process,” Brunswick said. “And now we’re ready to pass title back to” the hospital.

“We’re doing that,” he added.

No action was needed by the Port Authority’s board of trustees to enact the transfer.

The Port Authority was “dragged” into litigation on the site with a former owner, Lexington Ky. developer Garrett Day LLC, but Brad Evers, the authority’s general counsel, said the authority has had very little to do with that lawsuit.

The hospital sued Garrett Day LLC, alleging last year that the developer defrauded the hospital when it didn’t properly clear the site.

Garrett Day principal Michael Heitz had placed a lien on the property for $40,000, claiming he did the site work he agreed to do before turning over the property to the Port Authority.

“They are paying all of our expenses for the litigation,” Evers said of the hospital. “And I think we’ll get out of the litigation now.”

“They’re going to build on it,” he added.

Brunswick said there have been additional environmental reviews at the site. “That now has come to the point where the site is now ready for development.”

Jared Barnett, president and chief executive of Synergy, told the Dayton Plan Board last year that the developers were well aware of the site’s history, which is “something that’s been taken into consideration.”

The land was once home to Dayton Electroplate, but sat vacant for years as an eyesore next to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

“It has been remediated currently to the satisfaction of all parties involved,” Brunswick said.

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Bon-Ton store closing sales start this week

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 7:16 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:35 PM

Elder-Beerman warehouse in Fairborn could close, company says

Bon-Ton Stores Inc., parent company of Elder-Beerman, is starting going-out-of-business sales at some of its store this week.

The retailer said that store closing sales are underway at 42 select locations. The closings are part of the company’s previously announced “store rationalization” program. The company filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

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The in-store sales will take place at Bon-Ton branded stores including Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, and Younkers. More store locations are expected to close in addition to the 42 locations previously announced.

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Only one store in Ohio will shut down. Elder-Beerman at the Northtowne Mall in Defiance was named as one of the impacted stores. No Elder-Beerman stores in the Dayton region are impacted by this round of store closures. The stores are expected to close in early 2018.

Bon-Ton has a major presence in the Dayton region. Along with its distribution center in Fairborn, there are Elder-Beerman stores across the region in Dayton, Huber Heights, Kettering, Piqua and Beavercreek. Bon-Ton closed a store location at the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville, Ohio in late March.

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Bon-Ton could also reduce the number of distribution centers from three to two, shutting down its facility in Fairborn.

The Elder-Beerman store in Towne Mall Galleria in Middletown, which is in Warren County, also closed earlier this year. The closing impacted 65 employees.


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Meet J.D. Whitlock, Dayton Children’s new executive

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:22 AM

J.D. Whitlock joins Dayton Children’s as the new chief information officer. CONTRIBUTED
J.D. Whitlock joins Dayton Children’s as the new chief information officer. CONTRIBUTED

A new face has joined the Dayton Children’s Hospital leadership team.

J.D. Whitlock is the pediatrics hospital’s new chief information officer.

“Most often, the parents of our patients are millennials and they have high expectations for customer service,” Whitlock said in a statement. “They are tech savvy and want to take advantage of new automation and communication technologies. That’s an IT guy’s wheelhouse.”


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Whitlock retired from the Air Force and moved back to the Dayton area after previously having been stationed at Wright-Patt. During his career, he managed system operations at Wright-Patterson Medical Center, held various roles in health care informatics at the U.S. Air Force Medical Service headquarters in Falls Creek, Va., and most recently served as the vice president of enterprise intelligence at Mercy Health.

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“I started out in health care with a public health degree so I am passionate about improving the health status of all children, not just those in the hospital,” Whitlock stated. “I want to help build up Dayton Children’s Health Partners – a collaboration between Dayton Children’s and community pediatricians – in order to keep our kids out of the hospital and emergency department to the extent possible. This requires a whole new level of partnership between doctors, the hospital, and insurance companies, and this partnership requires a whole new level of IT support.”

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Developer buys more Huber Heights land

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:46 PM

Lexington Place — a housing development in Huber Heights — has grown steadily since 2000. JIM WITMER / STAFF
Lexington Place — a housing development in Huber Heights — has grown steadily since 2000. JIM WITMER / STAFF

A developer in Huber Heights has spent more than $600,000 on more land off Chambersburg Road in the Lexington Place neighborhood area.

Lexington Developers Inc. spent $604,000 to buy about three acres across more than 10 parcels near River Downs Court and Pimlico Place south of Chambersburg, west of Old Troy Pike.

For 13 parcels, Montgomery County property records identify the seller as Lexington Developers Inc. and the buyer as Lexington Place Project I LLC. State of Ohio incorporation paper for Lexington Place Project were filed by a Dayton attorney.

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Scott Falkowski, Huber Heights assistant city manager, said more homes are about to be built. 

“They are starting a new section of the development which had been approved by the city for new lots, streets, etc.,” Falkowski said in an email. “They have started clearing for that section. Also, they are buying individual lots that have previously been platted, but have not been sold yet. The smaller acreage that you are talking about are those individual lots that are ready for new homes to be built.”

The planned residential community began development in 2000.

“It’s been a quality development for the city,” Scott Falkowski, Huber Heights assistant city manager, told the Dayton Daily News in 2013, as the development was preparing to add homes at the time. “It’s good to see that they’re continuing to build houses and moving forward. It’s a good sign that the market is turning.”

Huber Heights had a population of just over 38,000 in 2016, making it Montgomery County’s third largest city.

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