Is my JC Penney closing? 5 things to know about store closures in Ohio

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 9:57 AM

J.C. Penney To Close Between 130-140 Stores

J.C. Penney announced on Friday that it will close four store in Ohio, part of a move to consolidate brick-and-mortar operations.

The retail chain said in March that it will close up to 140 stores in the coming months, and has now identified those locations. Here are five things to know about what stores will close:

1. JC Penney announced the locations of 138 stores it plans to close. The states with the largest number of closings are North Carolina, Wisconsin, Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania, according to CBS.

2. Stores closing in Ohio include the store at the St. Mary’s Square shopping center in St. Mary’s. Other closing locations in the state include New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia; Richond Town Square in Richmond Heights; and Findlay Village Mall in Findlay.

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3. Liquidation sales for most impacted stores will begin on April 17 and will then close in June.

4. JC Penney said about 5,000 workers will be impacted. Only one distribution center in Florida will close, while another one in California is being relocated.

5. The closing stores represent about 14 percent of the department store’s current operating amount, according to CBS.


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RTA riders can use new mobile app to plan travel

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 12:01 AM

            A screenshot of the Moovit mobile app. CONTRIBUTED
A screenshot of the Moovit mobile app. CONTRIBUTED

An increasingly widespread mobile app is announcing a partnership with Greater Dayton Regional Transit Agency.

Mobile app “Moovit” said RTA will add the Moovit app on its website ( and will encourages riders to download the free app on their iOS or Android phones.

The agreement will let RTA riders use Moovit to better plan their trips, the company said.

“With Moovit now available in Dayton, riders are able to more easily plan and manage RTA’s more than 3,000 stops on 34 routes through Montgomery and western Greene Counties,” Moovit spokesman Steve Swasey said.

Brandon Policicchio, chief customer and business development officer for RTA, said RTA is working on its own announcement regarding Moovit.

“We’re adding another real-time information feature for our customers in addition to the Transit app,” Policicchio said. Transit is a similar app that can be downloaded on Android or via the Apple store, another travel-planning tool, he said.

“Anything we can do to add another tool to our customers’ belts … is we think a win for them,” he added.

RTA has more than 9 million passenger trips annually and has the “greenest fleet of diesel, hybrid diesel and electric trolley buses,” Moovit said in its announcement.

Moovit has tracked public transit information since it was born in 2011. It calls Dayton its 1,500th city or transit agency service area.

Moovit collects data from public and private sources, mixing it in a way that takes advantage of what it says are more than 70 million users and 180,000 “local volunteers” who provide the data.

In a recent interview, Swasey said the app maker is based in Tel Aviv, Israel and has offices all over the world, with about 106 employees.

The app is poised to grow in a world increasingly reliant on public transportation, he argues, saying that while there are 8 billion people globally, there are only 900 million cars.

“We’ve got to do something to get one-driver cars off the road,” he said.

Swasey calls Moovit “the Wikipedia of transit.” The app is free, has no advertising and requires no subscription.

The company secures revenue by licensing rider data to transit agencies. They can use the info to plan routes or improve service.

In short, the app has what Moovit leaders said they believe is valuable data on transit rides and riders.

“We know where they (riders) start and where they finish … we know what route commuters take,” he said. “We know how long they go.”

And this is anonymous data, Swasey said. It sees only “data points,” although it does have users’ cell phone numbers.

“We don’t who you are or your sex or your socio-economic status,” he said.

Store openings and closings: What’s going on in local retail?

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 1:26 PM


1. Closing date set for local Gander Mountain store

The company announced in early June that the store, located at 8001 Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights, would close permanently. The sporting goods and outdoor retailer filed for bankruptcy in March, and was acquired by Camping World Holdings Inc. in April. READ MORE


New chapter in Afghanistan could boost air power, WPAFB

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 10:50 AM

            Flight nursing student Capt. Shauntel Haas, left, listens to flight nurse instructor Capt. Allen Potter as they train in the back of a C-130 Hercules at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in early 2017. Military personnel at the base received aeromedical evacuation training with hands-on simulation techniques. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Flight nursing student Capt. Shauntel Haas, left, listens to flight nurse instructor Capt. Allen Potter as they train in the back of a C-130 Hercules at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in early 2017. Military personnel at the base received aeromedical evacuation training with hands-on simulation techniques. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

President Donald Trump is set to visit Fort Myer in Arlington, Va. tonight for an announcement on his military plans for Afghanistan and South Asia.

What could this mean for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base?

Defense Secretary James Mattis indicated over the weekend that the president had made a decision regarding how to go forward in the nearly 16-year-old war, but he said Trump will decide when and where to make his announcement.

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“He wants to be the one to announce it to the American people,” Mattis said. “He now needs the weekend to collect his thoughts on how he’s going to explain it to the American people.”

Loren Thompson, a defense analyst with the Arlington, Va.-based Lexington Institute — someone who is familiar with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base — said a greater reliance on air power in that theater may strengthen the base.

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Wright-Patterson is where the Air Force’s logistics efforts, and much of its research work, is anchored. The base is also Ohio’s largest single-site employer, with about 27,000 civilian employees and military personnel with a direct payroll of $2.2 billion and an estimated $4.3 billion total regional economic impact.

“Wright-Patt is the nerve center for all Air Force weapons purchases,” Thompson said. “That means it will preside over the buying of munitions, such as smart bombs, for the fight.”

He does not expect Trump’s announcement to necessarily entail a “big boost” for Air Force requirements. But he added: “Clearly, air power is one advantage we have that few other countries — really, no other countries — can match. So it’s the logical foot to lead with, if you aren’t going to leave (Afghanistan).

He compared the war in Afghanistan to the one in Vietnam, when Americans saw that the war would go on for a “long time,” and they wanted locals to do the fighting.

“Trump probably will try to avoid suffering a military defeat, which is what would happen if the U.S. pulled out entirely,” Thompson said.

But he believes the president also wants to remove as many troops out of the line of fire as possible. “So that points to air power as the most obvious option.”

Added Thompson: “I think Trump knows that victory is not likely.”

The Afghan government suffers from widespread corruption, he said. “For that reason, that Taliban retains a lot of support among the people.”

From the start, Wright-Patterson has supported the war in Afghanistan in multiple ways, supporting the Air Force inventory there, mobilizing airmen from the 445th Airlift Wing, an Air Force Reserve unit, and other actions.

A message seeking comment was sent to a base spokesman.

As of last October, there have been nearly 2,400 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan.

5 new restaurants and retailers coming to The Greene

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 8:24 AM

            JaeLuxe Boutique is a new shoe store opening at The Greene. KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF
JaeLuxe Boutique is a new shoe store opening at The Greene. KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF

1. A new puzzle store has opened — and they have games for all ages.

Puzzle Plus, a family-owned puzzle store, sells jigsaws, brain teasers, puzzle books and games. The store carries games and puzzles for all ages and skill levels. The puzzle store opened in 1995 in Beavercreek, but just moved to a new location at The Greene at 4465 Glengarry Drive. READ MORE

2. The Greene is trying a new pop-up shop concept, which means plenty of new stores are coming.

“The gist of the program is that someone will be able to utilize a finished out space that is already fully fixtured for a week at a time. I think that the thing that is really appealing about this is that the businesses will only be required to pay us a small fee for each day they are actually open for business not all the days of occupancy. This has been very appealing so far. There are no other fees involved to operate in the space,” Willshaw told this news organization in an email. READ MORE

3. A new restaurant is filling a vacant space.

A sign has been posted in a vacant restaurant space at The Greene: “Everyone loves a surprise! New tenant coming soon.” The space was formerly occupied by Crazy Mango, which shut down in July 2015. The space has been vacant ever since.

4. A candy shop is opening — and it has a ton of cotton candy flavors.

La Puf Sweets caters candy buffets, cotton candy bars, s’mores bars and popcorn stations for parties. The business has been offering catering services in the Miami Valley since 2016, and recently made the decision to move to The Greene. READ MORE

5. A new shoe store is set to open at The Greene.

JaeLuxe Shoetique has started renovating its 1,500-square-feet retail space on Magnolia Lane next to the Pandora store. Owner April Polk said there is no definite opening date. READ MORE


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