Business, Delaware

Delaware Council To Consider CRA For Downtown Building Investment

25 Mar , 2019  

On Tuesday evening, Delaware City Council will consider approval of a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) agreement that would see a tax abatement to facilitate a $850,000 investment in a historic downtown building.

In specific, SELO BELNO LLC, which owns and operates the Son of Thurman restaurant at 5 North Sandusky Street, is looking to invest that sum to being commercial leased office space to the second and third floors of that structure. Those offices would include a new home for the restaurant’s offices as well. More…

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Business First Profiles Kroger Distribution Center Expansion In Delaware

17 Mar , 2019  

This past week, Columbus Business First took a look at the future of robotics in Central Ohio with a look at a planned expansion in Delaware County.

In particular, the article looks at a 133,000 square feet expansion of the Kroger Great Lakes Distribution Center, which would bring the facility close to 900,000 square feet in total size. It can be read here.

The center is located at 2000 Nutter Farms Lane.

Business, Life in Delaware County

New I71 Interchange May Be Coming, Even Without Planet Oasis

15 Mar , 2019  

Columbus Business First reported on Monday about a possible massive residential development in the general area of the Tanger Outlet Mall.

That development, in turn, could spur ODOT to move forward with the planned new intersection of I71 and an extended Sunbury Parkway. Yet another new interchange has been discussed at or near Big Walnut Parkway and mile marker 124. More…

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Business, Life in Delaware County

Local Unemployment Numbers Rise Slightly, And In Typical Fashion

12 Mar , 2019  

It’s a common occurrence. After the rush of a holiday season, post-season employment declines and unemployment rates rise.

That’s exactly what has happened across Ohio this year, and also the case for Delaware County and the surrounding area.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released the January 2019 employment numbers this week, and reported that Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in January, up from a revised 4.6 percent in December. More…

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Charlotte Russe Announces Closure Of All Stores, Including Polaris

9 Mar , 2019  

Another retailer has decided to shutter its doors in the face of online and other competition.

Charlotte Russe, the women’s clothing retailer currently in bankruptcy, made the decision after failing to find a buyer. Over 400 stores are impacted. More…

Business, Polaris Area

The Daily Growler Is Open At Polaris: See Photos

27 Feb , 2019  

As we posted earlier this month, The Daily Growler’s opening at Polaris Fashion Place took place on Saturday, February 23.

Our story, which has details on the new enterprise and how it fits with the ongoing transformation of Polaris, can be read here: More…



Ricart Enters Sunbury Market; Reportedly May Be Looking To Expand There

22 Feb , 2019  

The Columbus Dispatch reported this week that the well-known Ricart Automotive, a new and used car powerhouse in central Ohio for decades, is getting into the motorcycle business through the purchase of the region’s oldest Harley-Davidson dealer, A.D. Farrow. Founded in the second decade of the twentieth century, this is the country’s oldest Harley dealership. More…

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Discrimination Action Filed Against American Freight

16 Feb , 2019  

An action has been filed against a Delaware-based chain related to alleged hiring discrimination. The following press release was shared by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

American Freight Management Company, LLC d/b/a American Freight Furniture and Mattress, violated federal anti-discrimination laws by engaging in systemic discrimination against female applicants, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) this week. The lawsuit charges that American Freight refused to hire or even consider a class of female applicants for employment because of their sex. More…



Payless Shoesource Closing All Remaining Stores

16 Feb , 2019  

It was announced on Friday from many sources that Payless Shoesource is closing all remaining retail locations, a decision which impacts over 2,000 stores — including the location in Lewis Center.

The company will be holding liquidation sales starting on Sunday in most locations, and all operations are set to be finished by May. The online, e-commerce version of Payless will be shuttered as well. More…



Elevate Westerville Opening In May

11 Feb , 2019  

The rapidly growing trend in co-working space will again hit Delaware County this year.

1808Delaware has shared news of new COhatch locations at Polaris Fashion Place on in downtown Delaware. Now the chain known as Elevate Office will join that mix.

Elevate Westerville will open this May at the corner of Altair Parkway and Meridian Way, immediately across the street from the Renaissance Marriott Hotel. The project represents an $8.2 million investment that will centrally locate upwards of 150 small businesses and entrepreneurs. More…

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Craft Beer Lovers Rejoice: The Daily Growler Opening At Polaris

10 Feb , 2019  

On February 23, The Daily Growler‘s newest location opens at Polaris Fashion Place. Festivities take place from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM that evening.

The Daily Growler, voted “Best Growler Fill Spot” for the sixth year in a row by Columbus Alive and 614 Columbus, and named “Best Craft Beer Bar in Columbus” by The BrewDog Network’s “The BrewDog Show,” will be located in the food hall at Polaris Fashion Place, which is located near Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream on the town center’s upper level. More…

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Blue Bird Announces Strong First Quarter Results

8 Feb , 2019  

Blue Bird Corporation (“Blue Bird”), the leading independent designer and manufacturer of school buses, announced today its fiscal 2019 first quarter results.

Compared with prior year, Blue Bird Corporation improved net loss and Adjusted Net Income, up $6.6 million and $1.6 million, respectively. Blue Bird improved Adjusted EBITDA by $0.1 million in the quarter, to $7.2 million, despite lower volumes. Diluted EPS and Adjusted Diluted EPS were significantly higher than last year, up 31 cents and 9 cents, respectively. More…


Business, Ohio Wesleyan University

Hot Chicken Takeover At OWU

7 Feb , 2019  

It’s a bit of a chicken theme today on 1808Delaware!

Joe DeLoss, founder, owner, and head fryer of Columbus-based Hot Chicken Takeover, will discuss his company’s efforts to provide supportive jobs for people working to overcome past incarceration, homelessness, and other barriers to successful employment, during a moderated chat February 21 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

DeLoss will speak at 7:30 PM in Benes Room B of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. His presentation will be a fireside-style chat moderated by 2006 Ohio Wesleyan alumnus Dan Sharpe, vice president for community research and grants management for The Columbus Foundation. More…



Delaware Planning Commission To Consider Plan For New Burger King

2 Feb , 2019  

The Planning Commission for the City of Delaware will be considering a request at its meeting next Wednesday concerning a proposed fast food restaurant development on West Central Avenue.

Carrols Corporation has made application to the City for approval of a Final Development Plan related to the placement of a new Burger King Restaurant at 1034 West Central Avenue. The facility would be on a 1.14 acre site near Ace Hardware and First Commonwealth Bank. The restaurant would be 2,981 square feet in size with a double drive-thru and associated 40 car parking lot. More…

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Greif Announces Price For $500 Million In Notes Related To Recent Acquisition

31 Jan , 2019  

In a press release issued on Wednesday, Delaware’s Greif, Inc. announced pricing for the previously announced offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of 6.50% notes due in 2027.

According to the release, “The offering is expected to close on or about February 11, 2019, subject to customary closing conditions.”  The offering is part of the financing of the merger consideration related to the previously announced acquisition of Paperboard Parent, Inc., the parent company of Caraustar Industries, Inc.. More…