McDonald’s dollar menu replacement is coming to restaurants in 2018

Published: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 @ 7:06 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 10:54 AM

New Value-Priced Menu Coming To McDonald's

After upsetting a number of consumers with the end of its dollar menu in 2014, McDonald’s is offering a value-priced replacement next year.

Bloomberg reported that McDonald’s announced on Oct. 24 that  it will have a new line up of $1, $2 and $3 items on a value menu in 2018.

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“We know that customers motivated primarily by value and deals come more often and spend more,” McDonald’s Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook said in a call with analysts, according to Fox Business.

“We weren’t as competitive as we needed to be on value,” McDonald’s USA President Chris Kempczinski said.

Money Magazine reported that the restaurants old dollar menu wasn’t popular with franchise owners, who said it affected profit margins. The new menu appears to be a happy medium.

A $1 sausage burrito, a $2 bacon McDouble and a $3 Happy Meal are among the new items on the menu, The Associated Press reported.

The $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu will be a permanent part of the McDonald’s menu Jan. 4.

McDonald's is bringing back menu items for a dollar next year.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images/Getty Images)

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Premier sets closing date for Atrium Medical Center ER in Mason

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 8:35 PM

The Mason Emergency Department of Atrium Medical Center will become a Premier Health Urgent Care center.
The Mason Emergency Department of Atrium Medical Center will become a Premier Health Urgent Care center.

The Atrium Medical Center emergency department in Mason will close in July to make way for a Premier Health Urgent Care Center.

The ER will shut down at 7 p.m. July 7, according to a release from Premier Health, which announced in April it would convert the ER space to an urgent care center to serve the Mason and Deerfield Twp. communities.

Conditions treated in urgent care settings include minor illness or injury, such as: cold, flu or sinus infection, as well as sprains, strains, minor burns and rashes.

Atrium Medical Center will continue to invest in its services at the 44,000-square-foot health care facility at 7450 Mason-Montgomery Road, Premier said.

The building includes Premier Health Family Medicine, a primary care physician practice; the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, an OB/GYN physician practice; and medical imaging and laboratory services including X-Ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound and women’s imaging services. 

Premier Health Family Medicine recently renovated and expanded its office space at Atrium Health Center Mason, and is accepting new patients, Premier said.

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Want a steak for Memorial Day grill? It’s going to cost you

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

Joe Neuhauser, general manager of the meat department at Dorothy Lane Market in Oakwood, cuts a slab of meat before Memorial Day weekend. KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF
Joe Neuhauser, general manager of the meat department at Dorothy Lane Market in Oakwood, cuts a slab of meat before Memorial Day weekend. KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF

A majority of the meats you grill on the Memorial Day grill will be cheaper this year, but those who like a good T-bone steak will pay a little more compared to last year.

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of grilling season and is a major holiday that drives sales, including meat sales, at local grocery stores.

Robert Bernhard, owner of Dot’s Market, which has two grocery stores in Dayton, said an unusually cold April appears to have led to pent up demand to cook out. Now that temperatures are finally up, he said the grocery shoppers are out.

“They are so happy to see nice weather that they get the grills out,” Bernhard said. “It really does well for us when weather is nice.”

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Prices are slightly higher than a year ago, Bernard said, and usually rise throughout the summer.

Ground beef in the U.S. cost an average of $3.73 per pound in April compared to $3.55 per pound the same time last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The average price for all types of steaks is $7.70 per pound compared to $7.28 last April.

Pork chops cost an average of $3.29 per pound compared to $3.44 per pound the year before. Boneless chicken breasts are at $3.24 per pound, slightly down from $3.29 per pound the year prior.

While there might be a higher supply of meat this year, there is a lower supply of high quality beef for grocery stores to stock, said Jack Gridley, Dorothy Lane Market vice president of Meat, Seafood, Deli and Prepared Foods.

At the same time, Gridley said incomes are improving and more consumers have the money to buy quality beef.

“For yourself, you may see less marbling. The meat is leaner, but at the same time there’s less flavor. There’s less tenderness,” he said.

Dorothy Lane, which operates three grocery stores in the area, has still been able to find high quality beef and hold their prices steady, but Gridley said it takes more work to find the right supplier.

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“It’s very difficult. If you’re looking for quality meat, you need to find a partner that also believes in that and raises cattle from birth to harvest and believes in doing it the old fashion way,” Gridley said.

Nielsen, a data analytic company, reported that out of the different types of meat, beef typically has the highest sales for the holiday weekend.

In 2016 — the latest year Nielsen had data for — beef sales topped $778 million for the two weeks ending June 4. Next up was chicken, with sales of more than $362 million, followed by pork, which generated $208 million over the same time frame.

Grilling season also drives other grocery shopping, with strong sales annually reported over Memorial Day weekend for vegetable trays, tomatoes, berries, and pre-cut fruit. The weekend is also traditionally the second most important holiday weekend in beer sales, second in dollars only to Fourth of July, Nielsen reported.

“The grill is out and it’s a time of the year where people want a good eating experience, so whether its simply hamburger to prime rib eye or New York strip steak, they want that eating experience to be great,” Gridley said.

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Recall alert: strollers, bikes, and phone chargers

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:44 AM

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Strollers sold at Toys R US and other retailers that could strangle your child are among the new recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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Jane Muum strollers have a large opening between the armrest and the seat bottom which your child could slip through, potentially trapping your child’s head or neck. No injuries have been reported.  

The recalled strollers have the code 5399US/S85, 5399US/S47, or 5399US/S46, printed on the label found on the leg of the stroller. 

Contact Jane at 844-200-7971 to receive a free replacement armrest. Until you receive the replacement, you may continue to use the stroller if you remove the armrest and harness your child properly in the seat. 

source: CPSC.gov

My First Porsche wooden cars are under recall because they pose a choking hazard. 

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The wheels and axles can detach from the blue cars with tan wheels with the lot numbers 011215, 020916, 031017, 031114, 031116, 040116, 040416, 040516, 041217, 051015, 061117, 090915. No injuries have been reported. 

Don’t let your child play with the car and contact Porsche at 800-767-7243, or return the car to a Porsche dealer to receive a full refund.  

source: CPSC.gov

Bicycles sold at IKEA are being recalled because the belt drives can break and cause you to fall.

The recall involves SLADDA bicycles 26” with the article number 303.267.28 and 28” with the article number 603.267.36.

No injuries have been reported, but don’t ride the recalled bikes and contact IKEA at 888-966-4532 or return it to an IKEA store for a full refund.  

source: CPSC.gov

Wireless charges by Bluefin are under recall because they may overheat and burn you. 

There are three reports of overheating chargers with the model number AC16B printed on the bottom.

Don’t use the recalled charges which were given away as free promotional items at the FICO World tradeshow and other events, and the ad specialty channel in April of this year. 

Contact Bluefin at 877-211-7220  ext. 145 to receive a refund. 

source: CPSC.gov

John Deere is recalling 120R compact utility tractor loaders due to missing information in the operator’s manual which could cause injuries.

The manual is missing information about the proper ballast when attaching the loader to a John Deere model 2025R tractor. 

No one has been hurt, but don’t use the recalled loaders and contact Deere & Company at 800-537-8233 to receive a free corrected operator’s manual.

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source: CPSC.gov

Kohler 100-amp service-entrance automatic transfer switches can overheat and cause a fire. 

The recalled switches have the model number RXT-JFNC 100ASE  printed on a nameplate inside the cover. 

No injuries or incidents have been reported but consumers should contact Kohler immediately at 800-892-7709 to schedule a free repair. 

For more information on these products and past recalls visit www.cpsc.gov

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Golf-themed restaurant opens at regional airport

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 8:55 AM

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A new golf-themed restaurant has opened at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

PGA Tour Grill, owned by global restaurateur HMSHost, has opened in Concourse C. The restaurant celebrates dining and golfing. Its motto? “Eat smarter, play harder.”

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“The addition of PGA Tour Grill to CMH is very exciting as we reflect on several dining developments that we are proud to bring to travelers with the support of our partners at the Columbus Regional Airport Authority,” said Kent Vanden Oever, HMSHost vice president of business development.

Other new airport food options in Columbus include a pre-security Starbucks store, Land Grant Brewing Company and American Craft Tavern.

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