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Thanksgiving shopping: Stores open early today for Black Friday deals

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 5:33 PM

Shopping begins at Elder Beerman

UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m.:

Hundreds of shoppers waited in a line that wrapped around the parking lot at the JCPenney at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. The retailers gave away coupons at the door, and issued tickets for bigger items like televisions and PlayStation products. 

JCPenney's general manager, Mike Wages, held the door open for customers as they walked into the store. The line seemed much longer than it was last year, he said. 

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m.:

At least 100 people stood in line to receive free gift cards of various amounts from Elder-Beerman in Kettering. 

Brenda Rumbaugh, of Belmont, usually dresses up as Mrs. Claus or as an elf for Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping. Standing in line with a friend and family member, Rumbaugh said waiting in line isn’t a burden when you’re doing it with company. 

“I’m always done with my shopping before now,” she said. “I just do this for fun. I make it a fun day.”

After making it through the line, Rumbaugh pointed at her friend, who grinned. 

“Now, she’s happy. She got a $50 gift card.”

UPDATE @ 10:06 a.m.:

Dozens of people waited in line outside of Elder-Beerman in Kettering. The retailer, which opens its doors at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving, will give away gifts cards of various amounts to the first 200 people in line at stores. 

Karen Miller, of Bellbrook, loves going shopping on Thanksgiving weekend every season. She said she’s just browsing, but has landed deals on gifts like an iPhone 6S in previous years. 

“I’m looking for gifts for my nieces,” she said. “Probably pajamas, socks. We’ll go to the Mall at Fairfield Commons later.” 

UPDATE @ 9:14 a.m.:

Small crowds came out to stores like Kroger, Meijer and Cabela’s early on Thanksgiving. Elder-Beerman will open at 11 a.m., and JCPenney will open later in the afternoon. 

UPDATE @ 6:40 a.m.:

Meijer stores opened at 6 a.m. today, one of the first retailers to open early on Thanksgiving. Though lines were not long, shoppers waited in the electronics and toys sections to land deals on hot items like Keurig makers, iPhones and wireless printers. 

David Taliaferro, of West Carrollton, arrived at Meijer on Springboro Pike around 6 a.m. With a cart full of electronics, he waited in a short line for an Amazon Fire TV Stick on sale for $25. The product usually sells for $45 or more. 

“I bought a TV for my sister,” he said. “I’ll probably go out shopping later today, but I’ve gotten a lot of the big ticket electronics in the past couple of years so I’m not looking for too much.” 

Other stores will open today too. Cabela’s opens at 8 a.m., after closing stores on Thanksgiving last year. JCPenney opens stores at 2 p.m., and other big box retailers open at later in the evening. 

Lines at Cabela's

INITIAL REPORT

While some retailers will close their doors this Thanksgiving, most of the local malls in the Miami Valley will remain open for eager shoppers.

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Deals, hiring, hours and everything else you need to know about local shopping for the holidays

Dayton Mall and the Mall at Fairfield Commons will both open today, and again, on Black Friday. The two malls open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Greene Town Center is closed today, but will open at 6 a.m. for Black Friday deals. Other retailers open today include: Meijer, Cabela’s, Elder-Beerman, JCPenney, Toys”R”Us, Target and Walmart.

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Retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Sam’s Club and Costco are closed today. Toys “R”Us, Macy’s, Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods will open in the evening on the holiday.

The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and the University of Cincinnati Economics Center found the state is likely to see a 9 percent increase in holiday retail spending compared to 2015. In 2016, an estimated $23.6 billion was brought in by holiday sales. In 2015, holiday sales resulted in more than $21 billion in revenue throughout the state.

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For the first time, online shopping will exceed brick-and-mortar sales — 59 percent of consumers plan to spend online. The national federation projects that holiday retail sales in November and December will be up between 3.6 percent and 4 percent for a total between $678.8 billion and $682 billion. Consumers say they will spend an average $967.13 this year, according to an annual survey conducted by the federation.

Local malls and shopping centers are still prepping for large shopping crowds, despite the fact that online sales are expected to dominate this year. Steve Willshaw, the general manager of The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek, said the shopping center starts to see larger crowds the weekend before Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

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“It stays busy after that,” Willshaw said. “No one is going to argue that online sales have become a part of the shopping experience but you can’t dine online, take a carriage ride or enjoy any of the other holiday festivities that are associated with this time of year at The Greene.”

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11 rookie mistakes to avoid during the first year of your new job

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 4:57 PM

Here's what you should do when starting your own business, according to the Small Business Administration Be aware of the many different laws and regulations you must comply with Decide on your business structure Don't give up when something isn't working Be comfortable with uncertainty and a lack of security Be willing to change your perspective at a moment's notice and act quickly

Whether you're in your first job straight out of college or are a seasoned professional starting with a different company, your first year can set the tone for success or failure. 

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Early mistakes can be difficult to overcome and can torpedo your career in the longer term.

The following are 11 rookie mistakes you'll want to avoid during the first year of your new job:

Ignoring the office culture

Each office has its own way of doing things, and it's part of your job to learn the culture of the organization you're becoming a part of, according to Fortune. Focus on what the company's priorities are, who the decision-makers are and how they arrive at their conclusions. Even if your goal is to change the organization, you'll first have to learn how to fit in.

Trying too hard

Although it's tempting to try to prove your worth immediately, trying to do this too fast can make you look arrogant, Fast Company advises. Instead, ask a lot of questions, which will help you learn the ropes as well as build trust with your colleagues.

Not clarifying expectations

The Public Relations Society of America recommends meeting with your manager to discuss your responsibilities, priorities, how your performance will be evaluated and how your role fits into the company's goals. You'll also want to request ongoing feedback to ensure that you're staying on the right track.

Forgetting relationship-building

You can start a new job with a plan for success, but you can't leave people out of the equation, according to Time. Know whose help you need to get your work done, and build productive relationships with these employees.

Taking on more than you can handle

In an effort to prove your worth, you may be tempted to take on more responsibility than you can handle. Experteer.com recommends that you make sure you can handle your workload and you're properly trained for new tasks, or you could be setting yourself up for failure.

Failing to listen

You may start a new job trying to show what you know, but don't dominate conversations, Time warns. Instead, listen to others, who can guide you with valuable input.

Talking about your previous employer

Think of your former employer as a previous boyfriend or girlfriend. Your current significant other doesn't want to be compared to your ex, and your present employer doesn't want to hear constant comparisons to your old company. You can mention things that worked at your former employer, but be helpful, not pushy, Experteer.com says.

Turning down invitations

Building bonds with your new colleagues is an important skill, so if you're invited to lunch, Bubble Jobs says you should take the opportunity. Otherwise, you could find that you're not asked again and will find yourself out of the loop.

Exaggerating your skills or experience

Don't act as if you know more than you do, Fast Company warns. Embellishing your skills and experience will come back to haunt you, so if you don't know something, own up to it and learn about it.

Holding back

Dawn Zier, the CEO of Nutrisystem, told Fortune that learning the ins and outs of the whole company is important. You should make time to meet people in all departments and hit the ground running and working collaboratively. Don't be afraid to ask constructive questions, but make sure they're well thought-out and that you listen carefully to the answers.

Over- or under-sharing

You shouldn't share your entire life story with your colleagues, but you also don't want to talk only about work, according to The Muse. Strike the right balance between over-sharing and being too silent, which can make you harder to relate to and make you seem arrogant or aloof.

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The Mandalay banquet facility sold to new owners

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 4:48 PM


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The Mandalay Catering & Banquet Facility has been acquired by a catering company that plans to partner with the former owners on operations.

Molly McConnell, CEO of Little Miami River Catering Company, said her company will partner with the former owners of Dayton’s largest banquest center at 2700 East River Road. The banquet facility was owned by Don and Cay Phillips for more than 30 years and they plan to remain active in the business.

McConnell called the acquisition a “partnership,” and said the current staff will remain on-board and not much will change. The same head chef will also remain in charge and current menu items will still be served. Planned events will not be impacted by the purchase, she said.

“I think there will be a lot more energy … we have a forward-thinking way of doing business,” McConnell said, who owns the catering business with her husband. McConnell said they plan to update some exterior and interior design features at The Mandalay as well.

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Premier Health announces major growth in health care options

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:07 AM


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UPDATE: 4:40 p.m. Friday.

Miami Valley Hospital is recorded as the buyer of 4.58 acres of land on Miamisburg-Springboro Road/Austin Boulevard, for $850,000.

The parcel is between Byers Road and Interstate 75, on the north side of Austin Boulevard.

The sale was recorded Friday.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Premier Health has plans to grow its reach in several Dayton area suburbs, offering additional health care services at five different locations.

The company announced Thursday it will start building a new $12 million emergency center near Austin Landing in Miamisburg next week and has plans to open four urgent care locations in Englewood, Miamisburg, Springboro and Vandalia.

The freestanding emergency center, called Miami Valley Hospital Austin Boulevard Emergency Center, will be located west of Interstate 75 near the Motoman Robotics plant. It is expected to open in September 2018 and will offer 24-hour emergency care.

The new facility will include 11 emergency beds, including two trauma bays. It will be staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians from Miami Valley Hospital, the location of Dayton’s only Level I Trauma Center, according to Premier.

The emergency center will have imaging technology including CT scans and X-ray, lab services, and CareFlight Air and Mobile Services transportation for patients who need hospitalization. It will also link to Premier Health’s TeleStroke Network, a patient-focused technology that connects stroke specialists via computer to providers at the point of care, according to Premier.

“We are looking forward to serving Miamisburg and surrounding communities with high quality emergency care and access to the region’s only Level I trauma center at Miami Valley Hospital,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO, Premier Health. “The optimal health of those in our community is at the center of everything we do, and we remain committed to providing access to emergency and preventive care to patients when they need it, where they need it.”

Skanska has been named the general contractor for the project.

Premier Physician Network, which is operated by Premier Health, has started construction on four urgent care locations as part of the company’s strategy to bring more access points to patients.

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.

Ferguson Construction was named the contractor for the urgent cares, which will cost between $250,000 to $300,000 to build out, 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 Health is the largest private employer in the region that operates four hospitals, a network of primary and specialty care practices, and a home health service.

Goodwill opens in Oakwood

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 9:35 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 4:12 PM


            A Goodwill Easter Seals store has opened on Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood.
A Goodwill Easter Seals store has opened on Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood.

A Goodwill Easter Seals store has opened on Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood.

The store, located at 2322 Far Hills Ave., officially opened about two weeks ago but celebrated with a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this week. Goodwill Easter Seals, which takes donations and also sells clothing and other items, has locations across the Miami Valley.

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The Oakwood store will operate as a “boutique” and will not change the way Goodwill is priced, according to property owner Kevin Manley. The Dayton Daily News covered the story first.

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley serves people with disabilities and other needs in 23 Ohio counties and numerous local communities, from Lima in the north, Middletown in the south, Greenville in the west, and Urbana and Bellefontaine in the east.

Complete Petmart occupied the building until 2011, when Petco bought the Petmart chain. Petco left last November.

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