RETAIL ROUND-UP: 3 stories about Cabela’s, RadioShack, Starbucks

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 8:36 AM

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If you missed out on some of your retail and business news this week, here’s what you need to catch up on before the weekend.

Early on in the week, another teen clothing retailer announced it was closing 400 stores nationwide — including some locations in Ohio. Clothing store rue21 announced it is planning on closing hundreds of stores, including stores in Mason, Hamilton and Cincinnati. Here’s what you need to know about the closures.

Find out what stores are closing down.

Then, a phone retailer announced it would open up in Sugarcreek Twp. this week. Round Room LLC, a retailer of Verizon Authorized Wireless, will open its newly relocated TCC store at 6252 Wilmington Pike in Sugarcreek Plaza. The store was formerly located nearby at 6212 Wilmington Pike. Here’s what to know about what the new stores offers.

The three hot stories of the week? Cabela’s, RadioShack, Starbucks:

1. Bass Pro Shops is even closer to buying Cabela’s. 

After several snags along the way, outdoor retailer Bass Pro Shops could be one step closer to officially purchasing Cabela’s. Here’s what to know about all the complicated details of the acquisition.

2. A Facebook account claiming to be an Ohio RadioShack posted some vulgar things, and it went viral. 

A social media account claiming to represent a RadioShack store in Reynoldsburg, Ohio has posted vulgar messages about its closure. The store was named as one of several in the state that are scheduled to close in the coming months. Here’s what the posts said.

3. Starbucks launched its newest menu item — the Unicorn Frappuccino

The color-changing, flavor-changing drink will only be at Starbucks locations for a few days, according to the company’s website. The multi-colored drink has hints of sour and fruity flavors. The drink contains mango syrup, according to the Starbucks app. Here’s what our reporters thought about the frap.

Do you know about a new store opening in the region? Tell reporter Kara Driscoll about it. Email her at kara.driscoll@coxinc.com. 

County OKs funds for projects creating 120+ new jobs

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 9:18 AM

Thanks to a new county development grant, a Canadian plastics extrusion company may set up shop in Vandalia. This 2007 photo shows Enon extruded plastics maker Fox Lite Inc. TY GREENLEES/STAFF
Thanks to a new county development grant, a Canadian plastics extrusion company may set up shop in Vandalia. This 2007 photo shows Enon extruded plastics maker Fox Lite Inc. TY GREENLEES/STAFF

Montgomery County Commission Thursday approved more than $1 million in development money for local businesses whose expansions will create more than 120 new jobs.

Those projects include the formation of a new $11 million North American headquarters for MSW Plastics USA Inc. in Vandalia, which will result in 35 new jobs. Commissioners approved $320,000 in ED/GE (Economic Development/Government Equity) funds for that project.

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MSW Plastics makes plastic extruded building materials and is considering the purchase and renovation of a vacant 61,000-square-foot facility in Vandalia.

Also approved were $170,000 for manufacturer Aeroseal to buy and renovate the vacant 40,000-square-foot former Planet Ford auto dealership in Centerville.

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The renovated building will house the company’s corporate offices, research and development, training spaces, and warehouse, creating 19 new jobs and retaining 44 existing jobs in a $2.7 million project.

Another grant would move Northwestern Tools from Valleywood Drive in Kettering to 6.4 acres at 4800 Hempstead Station, a move that would create 12 new jobs.

Since the inception of the ED/GE program — created by the sharing of local sales taxes and county general funds — 461 projects across 27 communities in the county have led to 24,000 private jobs and drawn more than $2.8 billion in investment, or $31 for every $1 of ED/GE funds, according to the county.

Four new urgent cares to open in Dayton area

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:54 PM


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Premier Physician Network will open four new urgent care sites in the Dayton area in 2018, the company announced Thursday.

Premier Health Urgent Cares will open in Englewood, Miamisburg, Springboro and Vandalia by spring 2018.

“Premier Health Urgent Care introduces a new generation of urgent care with design and technology aimed at giving patients the care they need with the convenience their lifestyle demands,” Mike Maiberger, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Premier Health, said in statement sent to this media outlet. “Everything from the feel of the waiting room to the ability to register online redefines how urgent care has been delivered in the past.”

Patients will be able to register for an appointment time online and wait at their home up until the time of their appointment. Walk-in appointments will also be available, the company said.

The four urgent cares will be located at 1130 S. Main St. in Englewood, 8 Prestige Plaza in Miamisburg, 752 N. Main St. in Springboro and 6700 Commerce Center Drive in Butler Twp. in the Miller Lane area. The locations will operate Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Each Premier Health Urgent Care will be staffed by local, certified advanced practice providers.

Premier Physicians Network is a part of Premier Health, the largest private employer in the region that operates four hospitals, a network of primary and specialty care practices, and a home health service.

Canadian business buys fire-plagued former soap factory

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 12:47 PM

Canadian company pays $60,000 for three parcels

A Canadian company has bought what remains of the former Hewitt soap factory on Linden Avenue, with an eye on starting a small manufacturing operation there. 

Dayton Flats LLC, with a Toronto, Ontario mailing address, paid Accu-Jet Corp. $60,000 for the 333 Linden Ave. property, Montgomery County property records show.

Three parcels were purchased at the site, a total of nearly two acres. 

John LaGamba, president of Temp-Cast, a Canadian maker of masonry heaters, purchased the building, according to John Flynn, vice president of sales for Seneca Transportation & Logistics, a Toronto trucking firm. 

Flynn said LaGamba is working with Dayton city officials on starting a small manufacturing operation in the building, while Flynn said he is interested in opening a small distribution operation there.

The businesses would involve only a “handful of employees” initially, Flynn said. 

When the former owner bought the property in 2015, 3.16 acres were purchased, so it appears that ground under the area consumed by fire was not part of the recent purchase. 

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The former factory at 333 Linden has been plagued by fire and other issues in the past year. Much of the front of the building collapsed in a Nov. 10 fire. Another fire in December 2016 struck the building’s southern side, and firefighters and others have long been concerned about the site’s overall structural integrity.

In March this year, residents close to the site expressed concern about debris left over from the December fire.

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At the time, they said rubble from the fire was spilling into the street. One resident said a steel beam was hanging out into the road and there was no safety barrier or caution tape around a pile of debris.

An at least partial demolition of the site began after the latest fire last month.

The soap company was founded in 1897 in Dayton and was in operation until 2004 when it was bought by a competitor, which later closed the facility. At its peak, it was the nation’s second-largest maker of specialty soaps, including the small bars used in hotels.

Kroger launches new mobile payment option

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:34 AM

What you need to know.

Kroger is launching a new mobile payment option for customers who want an easier way to pay.

The Cincinnati-headquartered grocery chain is teaming up with Chase Pay — the digital engagement wallet from JPMorgan Chase & Co.— to offer mobile payments starting with select retail markets and e-commerce programs in 2018.

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“Technology is transforming our customers’ experiences and greatly influencing how we are reimagining the store of the future,” said Chris Hjelm, Kroger’s chief information officer. “Mobile wallets enable a more seamless shopping experience for our customers and at the same time, can help us drive cost out of our business.”

Through the partnership, Chase’s 65 million customers will have an opportunity to use Chase Pay at Kroger for online and in-store purchases. Kroger has locations across the Southwest Ohio region.

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