Life in Delaware County

American Communities Project Maps Delaware County

18 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Before you read this post, take a few moments and think of how you would answer this question:

How would you describe Deaware County in one to three words?

Put another way, what few words capture the essence of this place, from culture to economy to opportunity?

Now consider whether any of the following 15 words or sets of words apply: More…

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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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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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Grief Reports Fourth Quarter, FY2020 Results

15 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1808Delaware

Greif, Inc., a world leader in industrial packaging products and services based in Delaware, has announced fourth quarter and fiscal 2020 results.

Fourth Quarter Highlights Include (all results compared to the fourth quarter 2019 unless otherwise noted):

  • Net income of $44.4 million or $0.74 per diluted Class A share decreased compared to net income of $65.0 million or $1.09 per diluted Class A share. Net income, excluding the impact of adjustments(1), of $46.4 million or $0.78 per diluted Class A share decreased compared to net income, excluding the impact of adjustments, of $73.4 million or $1.24 per diluted Class A share. More…



Dayton-Based Coffee Chain Reportedly Coming To Delaware County

14 Dec , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

A coffee roastery well known in the Dayton area is coming to southern Delaware County in 2021, according to a report in Columbus Business First.

Boston Stoker will be anchoring a new retail center being built on Glick Road in Shawnee Hills in what it terms “the most affluent intersection in Ohio,” just north of the Dublin Road intersection.

This will be the chain’s second Columbus area location. There is currently a Boston Stoker Coffee on Neil Avenue. More…

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Business, Life in Delaware County

October Unemployment Figures Released: Delaware’s Rate Sixth Lowest In Ohio

29 Nov , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

Late last week, October’s county unemployment figures were released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services which showed that Ohio in general, and Delaware County in particular, are holding steady with relatively low rates.

While Ohio had a 5.2% unemployment rate in terms of non-seasonally adjusted numbers, Delaware County had the sixth lowest rate statewide at 3.5%.

In Delaware County, some 3,900 individuals were considered unemployed in October, based on a total available work force of 110,800 and 106,900 employed. More…

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Final Developable Properties Now Available At Westar

12 Nov , 2020  

CBRE has been awarded the listing assignment by the City of Westerville for two land parcels that represent the final developable tracts of land within the successful Westar development in Delaware County.

“We acquired the 62 acres of land to create Westar Place in 2014. In that time, the city has facilitated growth and the area has become a vibrant, mixed-use locale with newly built headquarters and choice amenities,” said Jason Bechtold, economic director for the city of Westerville. “It took six years for Westar Place to near capacity, which speaks to how desirable Westerville is in the Columbus region.”

Westar Place is home to headquarters for DHL Supply Chain, Central Ohio Primary Care (CPOC), and the Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris Hotel. More…

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Polaris Losing Big Box Retailer

25 Sep , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

The retail woes caused by the combination of the continued rise of online shopping and the current pandemic has resulted in the loss of another Delaware County retailer.

Multiple industry publications and news sites across the country have reported that the first 63 Bed Bath & Beyond stores to close in the chain’s previously announced 200 store reduction has been selected.

The company says the store closures are an “important step” in its effort “to create a sustainable, durable business.” More…

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Delaware County In Top Ten Nationally For Post-Pandemic Work From Home, Study Finds

11 Sep , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

Apparently, local workers like the idea of foregoing a commute to the office.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently set out to identify the best “Work from Home” Counties across the country. One it found was very, very close to home.

NAR’s 2020 “Work from Home” Counties report examines the current share of workers already working from home in more than 3,000 U.S. counties, along with several factors expected to support the remote work trend, including: internet connectivity, the percentage of workers in office-related jobs, home affordability, urbanization, and a county’s population growth


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Finance Committee Hears Report, Considers Budget Timeline

30 Jul , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

Delaware City Council’s Finance Committee met on Wednesday afternoon to consider various items related to city monies.

Finance Director Justin Nahvi shared the June Financial Report with Committee members, which showed that as of June 15, income tax revenue was down about $1.3 million. This rebounded in July, as Nahvi later pointed out.

In looking a fund breakdowns, all four enterprise funds are relatively stable compared to 2019, he shared. As of the end of June, the City had $9.39 million on hand, and all accounts are reconciled as of that date. More…

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FriendShip Kitchen Arrives In Delaware County

19 Jul , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

On Thursday, a new retailer arrived in Delaware County.

Friendship Kitchen, celebrating its 70th anniversary of its founding corporation with this first-ever convenience store in central Ohio, has historically been based in Lake Erie shoreline communities in the northern part of the state.

It was in 1986 that that corporation ventured into the retail business. More…

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COhatch Expanding In Cincinnati, Indianapolis

28 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware, COhatch

COhatch, which may be the Midwest’s fastest growing co-working experience, is again in the process of opening more locations, this time in Cincinnati and Indianapolis.

The company currently has three Delaware County locations — The Newsstand located in the former Delaware Gazette building, and The Pub and The Hub, located at the Polaris Fashion Place Mall.

Here are details of the new locations courtesy of a COhatch press release and a trade journal article. More…

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