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Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 9:46 AM
— Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, announced an initial list of retail stores that are scheduled to open in 2018.
Camping World Holdings Inc. was chosen as the winning bidder at a bankruptcy auction for certain acquired assets of Gander Mountain and the sale was approved in a bankruptcy court hearing in May 2017. Dozens of Gander Mountain stores closed after the company filed bankruptcy, including on location in Huber Heights. The Dayton Daily News was the first new organizations to report in June that the store, located at 8001 Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights, would close.
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In early January, Camping World announced it is beginning to reopen many of the Gander Outdoors stores to serve customers. Following months of negotiations and remodeling existing locations, the company plans to open 69 locations by May 2018.
No local stores will reopen this spring, but Gander Mountains is currently “pursuing more locations for expansion and expects to announce additional locations and markets in the near term.” Two stores in Ohio — in Mentor and Niles — will reopen by May.
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“It was important to me to bring Gander Outdoors back to many wonderful communities across the country because the employees are top notch and the stores provide great products and services for the community,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World Holdings.
The following locations will reopen under the new Gander Outdoors brand:
1. Florence, AL
2. Opelika, AL
3. Parker, CO
4. Ocala, FL
5. Pensacola, FL
6. St. Augustine, FL
7. Tampa, FL
8. Albany, GA
9. Cedar Rapids, IA
10. O’Fallon, IL
11. Peoria, IL
12. Rockford, IL
13. Springfield, IL
14. Ft. Wayne, IN
15. Greenfield, IN
16. Indianapolis (Castleton), IN
17. Wichita, KS
18. Bowling Green, KY
19. Paducah, KY
20. Coldwater, MI
21. Flint, MI
22. Kalamazoo, MI
23. Marquette, MI
24. Port Huron, MI
25. Saginaw, MI
26. Traverse City, MI
27. Utica, MI
28. Baxter, MN
29. Bemidji, MN
30. Forest Lake, MN
31. Hermantown (Duluth), MN
32. Lakeville, MN
33. Chesterfield, MO
34. Fayetteville, NC
35. Gastonia, NC
36. Greensboro, NC
37. Monroe, NC
38. Mooresville, NC
39. Winston-Salem, NC
40. Kingston, NY
41. Syracuse, NY
42. Tonawanda, NY
43. Mentor, OH
44. Niles, OH
45. Chambersburg, PA
46. Greensburg, PA
47. Johnstown, PA
48. Scranton, PA
49. Williamsport, PA
50. York, PA
51. N. Charleston, SC
52. Jackson, TN
53. Amarillo, TX
54. Ft. Worth, TX
55. Spring, TX
56. Tyler, TX
57. Fredericksburg, VA
58. Roanoke, VA
59. Appleton, WI
60. Baraboo, WI
61. Deforest (Madison), WI
62. Eau Claire, WI
63. Green Bay, WI
64. Janesville, WI
65. Kenosha, WI
66. Onalaska (Lacrosse), WI
67. Sheboygan, WI
68. Waukesha, WI
69. Wausau (Rothschild), WI
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Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 5:01 PM
— Kroger Co. is buying Home Chef, the country’s largest private meal kit company, in deal that could reach $700 million, according to the Cincinnati-based grocery chain.
The initial transaction price is $200 million and future payments of up to $500 million over five years are contingent on achieving certain sales goals, the company said.
The pending merger comes on the heels of Home Chef’s 150 percent growth in 2017, $250 million in revenue, and two profitable quarters, according to Kroger.
“Customers want convenience, simplicity and a personalized food experience. Bringing Home Chef’s innovative and exciting products and services to Kroger’s customers will help make meal planning even easier and mealtime more delicious,” said Yael Cosset, Kroger’s chief digital officer. “This merger will introduce Kroger’s 60 million shoppers to Home Chef, enhance our ship-to-home and subscription capabilities, and contribute to Restock Kroger.”
Home Chef employs approximately 1,000 employees, is headquartered in downtown Chicago, and operates three distribution centers in Chicago, Atlanta and San Bernardino. Home Chef’s distribution centers reach 98 percent of all continental U.S. households within a two-day delivery window, according to the company.
“We’ve long believed that the future of our industry is omni-channel and bigger than just meal kits sold online. We want to be where our customers are and want to help make cooking at home easier, more accessible and even more enjoyable,” said Pat Vihtelic, Home Chef’s founder and CEO. “
After the deal closes, Home Chef will operate as a subsidiary of Kroger Co., maintain its e-commerce business on homechef.com, and assume responsibility for Kroger’s meal solutions portfolio. The company will continue to operate its offices and facilities.
Following closing, Kroger will make Home Chef meal kits available to Kroger shoppers, both in stores and online.
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Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 8:16 AM
— It’s time to book your next vacation.
Discount airlines flooded regional airports with cheap, new flights to destinations across the world. WOWair, Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air added new flights in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton — lowering airfare for eager travelers in the region. There are plenty of cheap flight options to take advantage of this summer.
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Here are five of the best flight deals this news organization found at local airports:
1. Head to the beach from Dayton
The ocean is calling. Book a ticket from the Dayton International Airport to Punta Gorda Airport in Florida for a week-long beach vacation. From Monday, June 18 to Monday, June 25, travelers can pay as letter as $185 round-trip for a ticket on Allegiant Air. Allegiant flights to Punta Gorda are available on Mondays and Fridays.
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2. Jet off to Iceland for less than $300
It’s cheaper than ever to hitch a flight overseas from a local airport. Icelandic discount airline WOW air introduced service at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport earlier this month. Leave the Cincinnati airport on July 4 at 12:50 a.m. Your WOW basic ticket to Reykjavik, Iceland will cost you $109.99. You’ll leave Iceland on Wednesday, July 25. Your ticket home will cost you $159.99. You spend a total of $270 on your roundtrip travel.
3. Spend some time in the Lone Star State
Frontier is offering one-way fare to Austin, Texas from Columbus for as low as $59 if you purchase the tickets by May 31. The deal is valid on tickets for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Frontier offers best deals on their website every week.
4. Bon voyage! Paris is waiting for you
You can actually afford international travel if you look for the right deals. Head off to Paris from Cincinnati with WOW air. You can leave July 30 and return Aug. 13. Your roundtrip fare could be as cheap as $610. WOW air fare varies by date so make sure to shop around to get the best deal.
5. Go to Myrtle Beach for less than $100
Fly from the Dayton International Airport to Myrtle Beach for as low as $100 roundtrip in July. Allegiant serves several cities from Dayton including: Daytona Beach, Orlando and Tampa, among others.
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Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:43 PM
LEBANON — The Golden Lamb in Lebanon is beginning renovations on one of its four first-floor dining rooms and kitchen, one of several projects happening at the historic facility.
In addition, the Golden Lamb completed work on the General Grant Suite, updated the Henry Clay private dining room, refurbished third- and fourth-floor hotel corridors and commissioned two works by artists Ursula Roma and Suzanne Fisher that are now on display.
Renovations for the Charles Dickens dining room are to be completed by early July.
The Golden Lamb also anticipates renovations to two other public dining rooms and the Black Horse Tavern.
For more information, visit www.goldenlamb.com or call 513-932-5065.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:26 PM
— Get ready for a new telephone area code in Southwestern Ohio.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio today approved a plan to overlay a new area code over the existing 937 area code area.
Instead of dividing the existing 937 code geographic area, the “overlay” approach will allow the new code to go to new subscribers or new phone lines.
The 937 area code is expected to run out of available phone numbers in the third quarter of 2020, the PUCO said. All current 937 area code subscribers will continue to maintain their current numbers and 937 area code.
The new number will affect new phone subscribers, and those trying to contact them.
“While we are still years away from the projected exhaust date, it’s important for the telecom industry to begin planning now so that the roll out of a new area code can go as smoothly and seamlessly as possible, just like previous area code additions,” PUCO Chairman Asim Z. Haque said in a statement.
The PUCO directed the telecommunications industry to file an implementation and communications plan. The plans should indicate when the overlay will happen and how companies will notify customers of the change.
On implementation of the new code, all new phone subscribers will be assigned the new yet-to-be-determined area code.
Plus, all local calls will require dialing the full 10-digit phone number in order to complete local calls.
The North American Numbering Plan Administrator will assign the new, yet-to-be-determined area code to co-exist with the existing geographical boundaries of the 937 area code.