Richmonders apparently didn’t get the memo (not even a tweet) that they can review any business online and use other residents’ reviews to research their purchases or dining options.
As the financial system imploded in late 2008, two local companies begged federal authorities for loans. BizSense has obtained a copy of the letter that LandAmerica’s CEO sent to then Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.
Several restaurants are popping up across Richmond, filling in vacant spaces and promising to add options downtown and in the Fan.
Just when it seemed mortgage rates couldn’t get any lower, First Market Bank dipped below 4 percent on mortgages for homes sold by homebuilders they lent to. Other banks followed suit, and the program is helping sell houses.
Eric Engler started Velocity Motorcycles mostly as a place to store and repair his personal motorcycle collection. Now the store has three full-time mechanics and some of the most unusual bikes around. This week, BizSense talks retail and how sometimes even a business owner gets a little too attached to the merchandise.
East West Partners of Midlothian has entered into a purchase agreement with the owners of the Oakwood Country Club to buy the club’s 75-acre golf course tract and develop a residential neighborhood.
The Ukrops had an obligation to quickly explain the matter to the two main groups that supported it for 52 years – employees and customers. Instead, the company has declined comment to the media and been disingenuous with employees, whom they expect to continue to show up each day with a good attitude until they’re told not to.
The rest of Circuit City’s intellectual property, including the firedog brand and a database of 30 million customer contacts, is going on the auction block Aug. 18. And it may reap more than the $14 million that the Circuit City name fetched at auction earlier this year.
Richmond-based MeadWestvaco, which will soon move into its shinny new headquarters downtown, is moving away from growing trees and making paper and into the packaging business. And profits were higher this quarter than last year, a pleasant surprise and encouraging sign for a region that has lost several major employers.
It used to be you had to wait months and months to join a country club. Now clubs are hunting for members and using discounts to entice them. Chesterfield County’s six private clubs offer a case study of the changing face of the golf and lifestyle industry.