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 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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Premier, UnitedHealthcare reach agreement on major issue

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 7:03 PM
Updated: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 7:03 PM


            Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health. The Dayton-based health system has reached agreement with UnitedHealthcare to maintain insurance coverage through the end of the year for thousands of local Medicare Advantage members. PHOTO/PROVIDED

Premier Health and UnitedHealthcare (UHC) have crossed a major barrier in their ongoing negotiations to reach a contract agreement that would preserve health plans for thousands of Dayton-area residents.

Dayton-based Premier Health, the largest health system in Southwest Ohio, and UHC, the nation’s largest health insurer, have agreed to extend Medicare Advantage coverage until the end of this year for UHC members who use Premier hospitals and providers, Premier said late Friday.

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However, the two sides remain at odds over a key issue with the first deadline for a portion of their contract set to expire at Midnight Saturday, potentially displacing tens of thousands of local residents with individual and employer-sponsored health plans.

Unless an agreement is reached, those policy holders would no longer have access to Premier hospitals as part of the insurance company’s network.

Premier physicians would also be considered out-of-network on May 14 for employer-sponsored, individual and Medicaid plan members, according to UHC. And Premier hospitals and physicians would be out-of-network for Medicaid plans starting May 14, if an agreement is not reached.

All toll, about 70,000 residents would be impacted in the local area, according to UHC, which said Premier’s decision not to participate in the insurer’s plan design, which ranks hospitals and providers in tiers based on cost and quality, was the sticking point in the ongoing negotiations.

Premier objects to the “tiering” system because, company officials said, it would intentionally steer patients away from Premier providers.

Houston bakery creates treats inspired by the Unicorn Frappuccino

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 5:59 PM



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A bakery in Texas is cashing in on the buzz around Starbucks' latest beverage creation, the Unicorn Frappuccino.

El Bolillo Bakery in Houston has created "uniconchas," which are brightly colored, shell-shaped pastries.

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The bakery is working on a tres leches unicorn cake, according to KHOU.

How to get a $1 Jimmy John's sub on May 2

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 4:37 PM

Jimmy John's store sign and logo in Philadelphia, PA
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Jimmy John's is celebrating Customer Appreciation Day on May 2 with $1 sub sandwiches.

Select Jimmy John's locations will be participating in the promotion, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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Customers can use a tool on Jimmy John's website to find a participating location.

The promotion applies to in-store orders only, not deliveries.

Miamisburg candy store now selling pickle juice soda

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 1:44 PM

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Are you ready for Pickle Juice Soda Pop?

Miamisburg-based Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop is now selling dill pickle-flavored pop in stores and online. The vintage-style store at 42 South Main St. in downtown Miamisburg has more than 200 bottles of specialty sodas.

“If you’re the kind of pickle lover who relishes all things pickled, this is gonna be a really big dill. Pickle Juice Soda Pop is here,” the store posted on social media.

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The store also offers bulk candy orders and gourmet chocolate candies. Customers can fill a box of goodies from their candy buffet for just $5. The store also has other odd flavors of soda including everything from Coca-Cola to Flying Cauldron Butter Scotch Beer and specialty sodas that taste like ranch dressing and buffalo sauce.

Customers can also buy novelty items like funny socks, notepads, mugs and magic trick toys.

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