Local retailer owes The Greene nearly $900K in rent, fees

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 2:05 PM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 5:16 PM

The Greene Town Center seen from the air

A local retailer owes The Greene Town Center nearly $900,000 in past-due rent, other fees and court costs after defaulting on its five-year lease, a judge ruled last week.

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The Greene filed a lawsuit in Greene County Common Pleas Court against tenant Griffin & Co. Home Decor, known as RM Underdog Rising in September 2017. The complaint states the retailer defaulted on its five-year lease last year.

Griffin & Co., a home decor and gift shop, announced in March 2017 that they would relocate to a space at 4392 Holly Drive at The Greene. The store had been located at the Town & Country Shopping Center since August 2014.

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A judge ordered Griffin & Co. to pay $879,042.30 plus post-judgment interest; $5,123.45 in attorney fees and costs; and any additional court costs after the company failed to move within the time allotted by the court system.

The amount of accelerated rent, past due rent, late fees, re-letting costs, fees and cost to enforce the lease totaled approximately $884,165.76, according to court documents.

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The complaint stated Griffin & Co. entered into a five-year lease at the center on March 13. The tenant’s minimum rent was $6,894.67 per month for the first three years, and $7,756.50 per month for the fourth and fifth years of the lease.

If the tenant failed to pay rent on time, the landlord could demand a late charge equal to 5 percent of the amount due each month until paid in full, and the tenant agreed to pay 1.5 percent interest rate on any unpaid amount, according to court documents.

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The retailer, which sold country-themed home decor and other gifts, last paid rent in May. In August, The Greene notified the store that it was in default of its obligations under its signed lease agreement.

Officials for The Greene said they could not comment. This news organization also attempted to call the owners of Griffin & Co., but the company phone number is already out of service and all store information has been taken off online.

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Votes boost Cargill, airport building projects

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 1:57 PM

            The Cargill plant at 3201 Needmore Road. FILE.
The Cargill plant at 3201 Needmore Road. FILE.

Real estate deals near Dayton International Airport and at Cargill in Sidney got a big boost Monday.

The Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to boost both business expansions, approving deals that will shield construction projects at both sites from state and local sales taxes.

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The trustees approved a capital lease financial structure to exempt from sales taxes a $175 million expansion at the Cargill refining plant in Sidney, a project expected to add 12 jobs to a workforce of 293 people.

That project is similar in size to Emerson Climate Technology’s expansion, also in Sidney, which trustees also voted to support last year.

The Cargill project will build structures consisting of 35,000 square feet of prep space, an additional 28,000 square feet of work areas, more than 11,000 square feet of office space and 5,625 square feet of a loading area, about a mile from Interstate 75 on Industrial Drive.

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Both JobsOhio and the Dayton Development Coalition asked the Port Authority to consider supporting Cargill’s plans, said Jerry Brunswick, Port Authority executive director.

“This is what they need to do to stay competitive,” Brunswick said of Cargill.

The second project trustees approved Monday supports a second building NorthPoint Development is building near Dayton International Airport.

NorthPoint has already built and opened a 570,000-square-foot industrial warehouse north of U.S. 40 near Concorde Drive for Spectrum Brands, which produces STP automotive products.

NorthPoint is building a second facility — at a cost of about $31 million — next to the Spectrum property that is 524,160 square feet in size for an unidentified user.

NorthPoint is also building a third facility in the area.

Monday’s vote supports that second building.

Erik Collins, Montgomery County development director, said no county officials have met with prospects for that second building and NorthPoint has not announced a tenant yet.

The two NorthPoint projects take up almost 90 acres. “On the western side of the airport, a lot is happening,” Brunswick said.

That latter vote approves the sale of revenue bonds from $14 million to $17 million to deal with higher-than-expected construction costs, Brunswick said.

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Port authorities are often used to make real estate deals easier. By law, they are often able to execute projects without bidding them out and they can hold titles to sites to protect primary users from taxes.

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Moraine company sold to international firm

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:49 AM

            Aaron King, front, works with the three person team from Weiler Welding on the initial CO2 tank installation at Caddy s Tap House in Beavercreek. The other members of the team are Jeff Ungerecht, back left, and Michael Butler, back right. KAITLIN SCHROEDER/STAFF
Aaron King, front, works with the three person team from Weiler Welding on the initial CO2 tank installation at Caddy s Tap House in Beavercreek. The other members of the team are Jeff Ungerecht, back left, and Michael Butler, back right. KAITLIN SCHROEDER/STAFF

A Moraine-based gas distributor that caters to the welding industry, craft brewers and more is now owned by an international company.

Airgas, which has about 18,000 employees at 1,100 locations, said in a statement that it acquired Weiler Welding Company’s assets and operations as of April 30.

Weiler Welding has six locations, including its Moraine office, and services Southwestern Ohio and Southwestern Indiana. Weiler’s 70 employees are now part of Airgas, according to the press release.

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Weiler Welding is a full-service industrial gas, beverage gas and welding supply business.

The Dayton Daily News previously reported that Weiler Welding, a third-generation company that dates back to 1920, had been expanding its beverage gas business line that caters to restaurants, bars and the craft beer industry.

Weiler has made recent investments into its business, including a new fill plant, which opened in May 2014, that let it control its costs, turn around orders faster, and blend gases in-house for specific orders.

Airgas, a subsidiary of Paris-based Air Liquide, stated that Weiler Welding is the company’s 500th acquisition since it was founded in 1982.

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“Growth through acquisition has always been a core strategy and competency for us and we remain committed to pursuing acquisition opportunities in the years to come,” stated Andy Cichocki, Airgas chief operating officer.

Jim Weiler, president of Weiler Welding, stated in a press release that the joining of the two companies “will create tremendous value for our associates and our customers.”

“Weiler Welding Company appreciates Airgas’ customer-centric and employee focused culture,” he said. “We feel that this culture will foster opportunities for our associates and we look forward to continuing to serve our customers as a part of Airgas.”

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5 amazing flight deals we found at local airports for summer travel

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 8:16 AM

Ready for a vacation? Follow Clark Howard's method to find the best fares!

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 Airpot 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.

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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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CareSource, DPS, Fuyao recruiting at Dayton job fair

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:46 AM


Two dozen employers will be recruiting in Dayton this week.

Job seekers can attend the career fair, hosted by CareSource Life Services, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 24 at Central State University–Dayton 840 Germantown St., Dayton.

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Attendees should bring copies of their resume. Some employers will be interviewing on site.

Some of the employers that will be at the job fair include:

Barry Staff



Comfort Keepers

Dayton Public Schools

DHL Supply Chain

Fuyao Glass America

Goodwill Easter Seals

Miami Valley Works

The Greentree Group

Home Instead Senior Care


Mini University

Securitas Security Services



Mama Rosa’s LLC

Teleperformance USA

Speedway LLC


Wings of Love Services

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