Local firms hired to help Ukrop’s morph into Martin’s

The 25 Ukrop’s stores purchased by Dutch grocer Ahold will be closed for a week as they get a facelift and a spring cleaning before becoming Martin’s grocery stores. Local firms are doing most of the work.

Banking on an advertising blitz

Love you? We hardly know you. Last month Union First Market Bank launched a marketing blitz to increase awareness and curiosity by asking, “It is wrong to love a bank?”

Hundreds rally to protest phone tax hike

Several hundred protestors gathered Monday around the Bell Tower in Capitol Square to criticize a 24 percent hike on the monthly fee charged to Virginia phone bills.

Internships website sold

A Richmond website that aims to be the of college internships was sold to a California firm for an undisclosed sum. Three months ago the company had three employees, including founder Mason Gates. Now there are 50 employees working on the project.

Children’s Museum is growing up

On Monday the Children’s Museum of Richmond unveiled a rendering of its new outpost at Short Pump, which is scheduled to open in June.

Foreclosures for 3.9.10

Foreclosures increased in Chesterfield and Henrico compared to last week, while Richmond City saw its numbers drop by more than half.

Ukrop’s buyer keeps coffee roaster counting beans

Girl Scout cookies won’t be for sale outside the store, and Supervalu recently announced it was cutting 80 jobs because the new owner is using different suppliers. But for at least one local business, it’s pretty much business as usual when it comes to its relationship with the grocery chain.

Should economists look at stats or skirts?

The shorter the skirts, the better the economy. So goes an almost 100-year-old theory on women’s fashion and the economy. The corporate owners of Stony Point Fashion Park and Regency Square Mall wanted to see whether there might be some truth to the legend.