Andy Taylor

Monday Q&A: Building an empire one oat at a time

Zaydie’s isn’t a household name – yet. But if Janice and Shelley Freed have their way, it soon will be. The mother and daughter are co-owners of Zaydie’s Granola, which they make in their western Henrico County home and distribute to gourmet and health food stores in the Richmond area and throughout the state. You… Read more »

Baseball at the Byrd

It wasn’t opening day, but if Thursday’s coming out party for the Flying Squirrels’ team mascot was any indication then Richmonders can’t wait for the first pitch.

Forget the recession — what about the snow?

As if the down economy isn’t bad enough for area retailers, a rash of snowstorms that began in late December is delivering a second body blow to merchants.

Private equity firm buys cold storage biz

Richmond Cold Storage Co. Inc., a 102-year-old firm based here, was sold Wednesday to Atlanta Equity Fund LP for an undisclosed sum. Richmond Cold Storage is a privately held company with a network of warehouses with approximately 49-million-cubic feet of refrigerated space in states throughout the Southeast. Current management will continue to run the Richmond… Read more »

Chester staffing firm cuts 261 jobs

Chester-based AdvantaStaff Inc. has notified the state that it will lay off 261 employees. Employees at the staffing services company were notified on Monday and the cuts will take effect 30 days later on June 5. The company is one of Chesterfield County’s top 25 employers, listed eighth in an annual economic impact survey the… Read more »

Calling in sick in a recession

Workers nationwide are taking more sick days as stress from the recession and increased workloads are taking a toll, reported this week. But Richmond professionals say absenteeism has waned in light of fears over unemployment. The average worker missed nine days last year, up from the five days reported the previous year. That is… Read more »

Local Cuban Americans mixed on Obama gesture

Cuban American business owners and professionals in Richmond are not on the fence about President Obama reaching out to the island that the United States has kept an embargo on almost five decades. They either love the gesture or they hate it. “It’s pretty much anybody over 50 is for the embargo and pretty much anybody under… Read more »

Richmond Marriott gets $14 million makeover

The newly opened Hilton Garden Inn has been getting the headlines as the latest jewel along Broad Street but its downtown neighbor, the Richmond Marriott, is quietly making its own contributions. It is in the midst of a $14 million renovation that will give it a new look from top to bottom and inside and… Read more »

BioTech park lands British firm

A British firm that has come up with a product to kill high-powered bacteria has become the 56th company in the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park in downtown Richmond. Biocontrol Ltd.  of London opened an office in an existing building in the park and will operate as a U.S. based affiliate under the name Biocontrol International… Read more »