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No Southwest, no problem at Dayton airport

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 8:12 AM

Airfare at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport has also decreased. FILE
Airfare at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport has also decreased. FILE

With construction underway at its terminal and passenger traffic increasing with its largest airlines, the Dayton International Airport is looking for a comeback in 2018.

Despite losing service from Southwest Airlines last year, the Dayton airport kicked off 2018 strong with steady passenger traffic in the first month of the year. Traffic dipped only slightly compared to the same time last year with 70,361 enplanements in January. That compares to about 70,690 in January 2017, when Southwest still had daily flights from the airport.

The 0.5 percent decrease in traffic year over year was seen as a positive by airport officials. The loss of Southwest was made up by big gains in passengers using three of the legacy carriers that serve the airport: American, Delta and United. Each of those airlines increased passenger traffic in January compared to the same month in 2017 — big increases in the case of two of them.

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Additional flights and larger aircraft made up for the deficit caused by Southwest’s departure from the airport last summer — a strategic plan put in motion by airport officials last year. In January 2017, Southwest served 6,901 passengers.

Terry Slaybaugh, director of the Dayton airport, told the Dayton Daily News the airport expects to see an increase in seat capacity offered by airlines like American Airlines, United Airlines and Allegiant Air.

More seats mean increased competition and, eventually, lower average fares, Slaybaugh said. More flight accommodations to markets across the country is critical for growing and retaining local businesses.

““I’m optimistic about [2018], we’ve got a lot going on,” Slaybaugh said in a previous interview.

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The growth by larger carriers comes as United prepares to add a new nonstop flight from Dayton to Houston. Dayton was one of eight cities chosen by United for the nonstop routes, according to the city. The new flights will begin June 7.

The addition of Houston will be the 17th nonstop destination from the Dayton airport.

Columbus International Airport scrambled to make up traffic after Frontier Airlines dropped flights to Las Vegas and cut back flights to Denver from Columbus. The airport saw just a 1.7 percent for the month, with 530,032 passengers using the John Glenn Airport. Frontier had a 26.3 percent drop year over year in Columbus.

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Meanwhile, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. CVG continued its air service growth in January, with a 17 percent increase in total enplanements year over year, the airport announced.

The airport served 7.8 million passengers in 2017, a 16 percent increase compared to 2016. Airport officials said the hub won’t slow down this year, introducing service by Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW air. International service begins in early May with flights to Keflavik Airport in Reykjavik, Iceland.

“The response from local travelers for WOW air’s low-cost international service has been extremely positive, and we appreciate WOW air adding a fifth frequency this summer to accommodate the strong demand,” said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer, CVG.

Other new flights include Allegiant’s nonstop service to Charleston, S.C., and Sarasota, Fla., starting in April. Frontier Airlines and Southwest are also adding new nonstop service to various cities this year.


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178-acre tax incentive area formed in Warren County

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:46 PM

Warren County commissioners approved 178-acre community reinvestment area on former SUMCO site.

Warren County commissioners approved a community reinvestment area on Tuesday for 178 acres west of Ohio 48 in Hamilton Twp.

The agreement sets the stage for the township and school board to negotiate a tax sharing agreement for commercial or industrial development of the former SUMCO industrial site off Grandin Road, officials said.

The township is working with the owners of the property, the Rippe family and Nick Geraci, on a development there, administrator Michelle Tegtmeier said.

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The formation of the reinvestment area comes after land, including the former Peters Cartridge Factory development, was annexed by South Lebanon, as part of an agreement for the developer to get a tax abatement on this development, costing the Little Miami Schools tax revenue on developments.

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The abatements granted in the new area would be 50 to 100 percent for up to 15 years.

Commissioner Shannon Jones noted property taxes have dwindled on the land since SUMCO left the site eight years ago.

Assistant Warren County Prosecutor Bruce McGary said the resolution establishing the reinvestment area set up a process including the school district “at the table” for negotiations of more than 50 percent in property tax breaks.

The former SUMCO complex is expected to be demolished in anticipation of new development on the industrial site.

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Commissioner Dave Young specified that tax incentives would not be used to subsidize residential development.

“The main purpose is to drive commercial, industrial,” said Matthew Schnipke of the county economic development office.

The area also enables Hamilton Twp. “to be competitive with other areas,” including South Lebanon and other cities capable of offering similar incentives in exchange for annexation from the township.

The tax abatement agreements are more lucrative for cities and villages, which collect earning tax from businesses, unless a township is part of joint economic development district with such taxing authority.

“We really think this would be a kick-start,” Tegtmeier said, creating a better tax base for the heavily residential township, south of Lebanon and west of Mason. “Right now, we have nothing.”

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Young said he typically opposes creating tax incentive areas through which communities compete with each other.

But Young noted in this case it gave Hamilton Twp. a tool it could use to prevent annexation of potential economic development.

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Amazon looking to buy abandoned Toys ‘R’ Us storefronts

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:35 PM


Amazon is looking to buy abandoned Toys ‘R’ Us storefronts once the company shuts them down for good.

The online retail giant is looking at the possibility of acquiring some Toys ‘R’ Us locations as it expands its brick-and-mortar footprint across the country, Bloomberg reported. The stores could be used to showcase its Echo devices.

Toys ‘R’ Us filed for bankruptcy last week. At the beginning of 2018, the chain had more than 800 stores before announcing in January that it would shutter 180 stores.

“Today marks the dawn of a new era at Toys“R”Us where we expect that the financial constraints that have held us back will be addressed in a lasting and effective way,” said Dave Brandon, chairman and chief executive officer.

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The possible interest comes as Amazon enters the brick-and-mortar game. The company purchased Whole Foods lst year, and it is also opening bookstores. Its cashless convenience stores, Amazon Go, are also reportedly expanding in states across the U.S. in coming years.

So, how does Amazon Go work? Consumers use the Amazon Go app to enter the store, take the products they want and walk out. No checkout. No lines.

The store’s technology uses computer vision, sensor fusion and deep learning to automatically detect when products are taken or returned to the shelves and keep track of them in a virtual cart. Customers grab their items and go, and then their Amazon account is charged with the bill. The store will offer ready-to-go meals, grocery essentials and even locally made food.


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Rita's Italian Ice offering free treats on first day of spring

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 10:19 AM

Rita’s Italian Ice is offering a free treat to mark the first day of spring.
Rita’s Italian Ice
Rita’s Italian Ice is offering a free treat to mark the first day of spring.(Rita’s Italian Ice)

As the country says farewell to a long, harsh winter for many, it's time to celebrate springtime with a free treat.

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Rita's Italian Ice is once again giving away a free Italian ice on March 20 from noon to 9 p.m.

The promotion has grown in popularity over the years, with almost 1 million Italian ice cups given away in a nine-hour period in 2017, according to Rita's.

For those who love cool treats, Dairy Queen will mark the first day of spring with a free cone promotion.

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Macy’s rolling out new mobile checkout at most store locations

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 7:19 AM

Macy's announced 5,000 job cuts and seven more store closures.

Macy’s Inc. is introducing mobile checkout services at most of its store locations.

Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette told an audience at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Consumer & Retail Technology Conference in New York earlier this month that the retailer plans to test mobile checkout at about 450 of its 650 stores.

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Customers can use their smartphone app to scan items throughout the store. Then, the shoppers use the express checkout lane where employees will verify their purchases and remove security tags. It is unclear when the roll-out of the new technology will occur.

Macy’s has several store locations in the region. Macy’s is renovating one of its existing stores in the Dayton area to add an outlet store, according to a permit submitted to the Montgomery County Building Regulations Division.

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Macy’s submitted a permit for a partial remodel of its existing Macy’s department store located at 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road at the Dayton Mall. The estimated market value of the completed project is $75,000. The permit indicates the project is a partial building alteration to make space for a 1,300-square-foot Macy’s Backstage outlet.

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The department store chain has invested in its off-price concept, called Macy’s Backstage. The company added 11 new Backstage stores within existing Macy’s stores in the first quarter of 2017. The stores, similar to Nordstrom Rack, offer discounted prices on brand clothing up to 80 percent off.

In January, 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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