Business

Delaware Benefits Agency Acquired

19 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Hub International Limited (Hub), a leading full-service global insurance broker, announced last week that it has acquired Preferred Benefits Services Agency (Preferred Benefits). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Delaware at 611 South Sandusky Street, Preferred Benefits provides tailored benefit solutions through technology-based solutions. Mark Pettitt, President and CEO of Preferred Benefits, will join Hub HDH. More…

Business

Daily Growler Closes At Polaris

18 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

One of Delaware County’s craft beer businesses has closed its doors.

In its Polaris Fashion Place Food Court location for a bit over two years, the Daily Growler has moved from temporary to permanent closure.

Near the end of last year, the location’s Facebook Page shared the news, “We’re currently closed for the year and will be taking some time to regroup.” That process led to the decision to close. More…

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Business, Powell/Lewis Center

Powell Commission Approves Extension For OSU Wexner Ambulatory Care Center

15 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt in many corners, including in the medical and educational communities. This is no more true than with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, which had hoped to break ground on a new Ambulatory Care Facility in Powell in a timely manner.

As we shared back in January 2019, the Powell Planning & Zoning Commission had then approved a Final Development Plan for the facility, noting:

“The new facility at 3315 Royal Belfast Boulevard will sit on approximately 36 acres northeast of the intersection of Sawmill Parkway and Home Road and across the road from Olentangy Liberty High School. The first phase of the project including the center and office building will bring approximately 200,000 square feet of health care services space and will result in approximately 500 jobs with “substantial average salaries” and a payroll approaching $50 million… More…

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Business

Polaris Fashion Place Likely To Lose Women’s Clothing Retailer

15 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

A national chain with a location in Delaware County is the most recent in a string of retailers to shut down in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Christopher & Banks, a national retailer of women’s clothing, has filed for bankruptcy on Thursday in New Jersey and is expected to close most if not all of its locations.

The company recently announced third quarter sales that resulted in a $10.8 million loss. In a press release, the company said,

“Despite the tremendous advancements we have made in executing our strategic plan, due to the financial distress resulting from the pandemic and its ongoing impact, we elected to initiate this process and pursue a potential sale of the business in whole or in part to position the Company for the future.” More…

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Business

Bank, Convenience Store On Liberty Townshp Zoning Commission Agenda

11 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Two development projects will be considered by the Liberty Township Zoning Commission at their upcoming January 20 meeting.

The first concerns the proposed construction of a new Huntington Bank facility on 1.585 acres at 4072 West Powell Road, which would replace existing structures. This in turn would require an amendment to the Big Bear Farms Development Plan.

The second proposal is for Final Development Plan approval for a 3.558 acres site in Seldom Seen Acres. More…

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Business

Polaris Macy’s Not Closing; FieldhouseUSA Nearing Completion

10 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The rapidly changing world of retail continues to evolve locally during the winter of 2020-2021.

The Polaris area is faring better than many similar areas, retaining key anchors amidst nationwide closures and seeing new retailers and attractions near completion.

This past week, Macy’s announced the closing of 37 stores across the country, with the closures a part of three year profitability plan. Last year, 28 stores were shuttered, leaving the chain with 540 locations. The stated goal is the closing of 125 local stores. More…

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Business

Discount Clothes Retailer Coming To Delaware

8 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

This month will see the opening of a new retailer in Delaware County.

Discount Fashion Warehouse is set to open its new 14,000 square foot-plus location at 1000 Sunbury Road in Delaware, in the former Glennwood Commons location recently vacated by OfficeMax.

Our story on the OfficeMax departure can be read here. More…

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Business

New Retail, Restaurants Opened In 2020

2 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Despite the impact of COVID-19 and governmental directives that have impacted their sectors of the economy, many of Delaware County’s retailers and restaurants have chosen this moment to actually expand operations and to open new locations.

What follows is a very incomplete list of such businesses whose openings have been detailed in the pages of 1808Delaware over the past year. Click any for our story here on 1808Delaware. More…

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Business

Ohio’s Minimum Wage To Rise By 10 Cents Per Hour In 2021

28 Dec , 2020  

By Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal

The Ohio minimum wage will rise by 10 cents to $8.80 per hour in 2021.

That will be the wage for non-tipped employees. Tipped workers will earn $4.35 per hour plus tips in 2021.

Ohio workers under the age of 16 will make the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour.

Ohio’s minimum wage rises gradually each year to match the rate of inflation, per a state constitutional amendment implemented in 2007. The minimum wage that year was $6.85; it has gone up nearly $2 in the 14 years since. More…

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Business, Polaris Area

Hot Chicken Takeover Now Open On Polaris Parkway

28 Dec , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

Hot Chicken Takeover, a community-minded social enterprise founded in 2014, has opened their fifth restaurant in Westerville after a delay caused by a redesign. Located off Polaris Parkway, their newest location features a convenient pick-up window for to-go orders and a patio.

“We have a lot of enthusiastic customers in Westerville and Lewis Center, we’re excited to better serve them with the opening of this new location,” shares Joe DeLoss, Hot Chicken Takeover’s Founder and CEO.

Originally set to open this past summer. the COVID-19 pandemic caused a short delay to accommodate a redesign focused on customer service and safety. More…

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Business

Delaware Company Changes Name

22 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1808Delaware

Engineered Materials Systems, Inc. (EMS), a global formulator and manufacturer of adhesives, conductives, and encapsulants, has announced an upcoming change of its name. Effective January 1, 2021, the company will become Nagase ChemteX America Corporation (NCU), signifying its deepening integration with Japanese-based parent company, NAGASE.

For more than 20 years, EMS has formulated state-of-the-art acrylics, epoxies, silicones and urethanes, identifying and addressing market needs within a wide range of industries. Under the new name, Nagase ChemteX America Corporation plans to continue its innovative, customer-centric business model, while enjoying the added resources and technologies available to a NAGASE Group company. More…

Business

Second Location Announced For Son Of Thurman

21 Dec , 2020  

By 1808Delaware, Updated

One of Delaware’s favorite dining experiences is expanding.

In a social media post on Wednesday, Son of Thurman, part of the Thurman Café Family of restaurants, announced that its 2nd location, (3rd overall), will be opening in Galena/Westerville in early 2021.

Son Of Thurman acquired the former Mudflats at 31 Columbus Street in Galena during the fall of 2020 and is currently remodeling with a target opening date of February.

While circumstances have been difficult for the restaurant industry this year, Son Of Thurman shared that it has worked towards growth, in addition to navigating the travails of the global pandemic and the effects it has had on the service industry. More…

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