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Richmond Area Business News

Friday 08/28/2015
Newspaper seeks information on work-life balance

How is your work-life balance? Have you changed jobs in recent years to gain a better work-life balance, or perhaps for better pay, benefits or opportunities?

Thursday 08/27/2015
Part of East Grace Street becoming restaurant row

Chris Tsui, owner of five Richmond restaurants including The Blue Goat and Osaka, is opening a new restaurant — this time on East Grace Street in downtown Richmond.

Alexander's Antiques and Auctions to close after more than two decades

After 21 years in the auction house business, husband-and-wife owners Keith and Barbara Ann Smith are ready to close Alexander’s Antiques and Auctions.

Newspaper seeks information on work-life balance

How is your work-life balance? Have you changed jobs in recent years to gain a better work-life balance, or perhaps for better pay, benefits or opportunities?

Wednesday 08/26/2015
VCU Health is new brand for VCU Medical Center

VCU Health is the new brand identity for the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and the VCU Health System.

Fresh Market sets hiring event for new Chesterfield store

The Fresh Market plans to open a 23,710-square-foot store in October in the Commonwealth Center shopping center off Hull Street Road just west of state Route 288. 

Pleasants Hardware to build new store and not renovate building

Pleasants Hardware has decided to build a new flagship store on West Broad Street just east of Westmoreland Street rather than renovate the existing structure there.

Tuesday 08/25/2015
Airport traffic increases 3.2 percent in July

The 3.2 percent rise in passengers at Richmond International Airport during July marks the 17th straight month of year-over-year growth.

New home market shows positive momentum, but challenges remain

The new-home market in central Virginia is improving, but challenges remain and a full recovery is not expected soon, according to an RVA New Home Market Report report released this morning.

Buckhill Partners buys Monument Ave. building

One of the buildings in the Monument Corporate Center off Monument Avenue in Henrico County has sold.

L.L. Bean plans 2 job fairs to find 100 store workers

L.L. Bean will hold job fairs Saturday and Sunday to hire about 100 employees for the store the company plans to open in November at Short Pump Town Center.

Deep Run Roadhouse opening second location near VCU

The owner of Deep Run Roadhouse, and one of the original owners of Alamo BBQ, is opening a second location - and launching a food truck.

Hanover airport expansion to be considered

Plans to expand the Hanover County Municipal Airport will be considered by county supervisors tonight.


F. Michael Crowley’s holdings of Markel Corp. stock stood at 13,393 shares after selling 370 shares on Aug. 11. James C. Wheat III is a director of Dynex Capital Inc.  The amount of Crowley's total direct holdings and Wheat's title were incorrect in the Insider Periscope feature Monday on Page E5.

Balliceaux restaurant is reopening next week

Balliceaux (203 N. Lombardy St.) is all set for its grand reopening on Tuesday, Sept. 1 (and in case you were wondering, back room shows start Thursday).

Albemarle Corp. moving corporate headquarters to Charlotte, N.C.

Albemarle Corp. is moving its corporate headquarters and performance chemicals business from Baton Rouge, La., to Charlotte, N.C.

Monday 08/24/2015
Richmond Index falls 4.3 percent but still up for year

The Richmond area’s publicly traded companies all felt the effects of Monday’s stock market plunge.

Honeywell agrees to $13 million in improvements and $300,000 penalty in Hopewell spills

Virginia's environmental agency and Honeywell have reached an agreement that calls for the company to pay a $300,000 penalty and make more than $13 million in improvements at its Hopewell chemical plant following several spills there.

Amtrak alters start time for weekday Norfolk train

Amtrak has changed the time for the weekday departure of its Northeast Regional Train 84 from Norfolk, which will leave at 6:10 a.m. beginning Aug. 31.

Study puts impact of Civil War events at $290 million

Events around the Civil War’s sesquicentennial generated more than $290 million in taxes and visitor spending and drew 3.7 million people to Virginia, according to an economic impact study.

Red Eye Cookie Co. finds its forever home - inside Campus Cookies

Fun fact: April 20 is Red Eye Cookie Co.'s busiest day of the year.

Local investment advisers: Turbulence is no reason to panic

The stock markets’ swoon on Monday and Friday may be frightening to investors, but local financial advisers suggest sitting tight and even seeking out buying opportunities in what they think looks mostly like a long-anticipated market correction.


Dan Steiner's first job out of college was working as a staff accountant and auditor for PriceWaterhouse. The job was incorrect in the Getting to Know feature on Page D4 Saturday.

Judge gives final approval to HDL financing

A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Monday gave final approval to Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc.’s debtor-in-possession financing deal.

Kroger has over 280 jobs to fill; Aldi looks to hire 30

Kroger is hiring more than 280 people for its Richmond-area stores.

Belk agrees to be bought by Sycamore for about $2.7 billion

Belk Inc., the 127-year-old department store chain concentrated in the South, has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Sycamore Partners for about $2.7 billion in cash.

Sunday 08/23/2015
Gateway Plaza office tower opens in downtown Richmond

McGuireWoods is the main tenant — occupying 8½ floors and 220,000 square feet — in the 18-story building that is bounded by Eighth and Ninth streets and Canal Street.

J.D. Byrider used-car sales franchise opens on Broad Street

Craig Baker has opened a J.D. Byrider used-car sales franchise at 4505 W. Broad St. in a 2,500-square-foot space that was formerly a car-rental shop.

Six ZIPS Dry Cleaning chains in the works for Richmond-area

When ZIPS Dry Cleaning chain started looking 17 months ago for a Richmond-area franchise operator to open multiple stores at $800,000 per store, Andy Cucchiara, ZIPS vice president of franchise operations, didn’t sugar-coat things.

Indicators and Coming Up for Aug. 24


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