Three lumber execs leave one company and buy another

Two executives and the head of sales left Roper Brothers Lumber Company and are in the process of buying ABC Building Supply and American Applicators in Chester. John Farrar, the president at Roper, Barry Brockwell, the CFO, and John Hinkle, a long-time sales manager, are all now working at ABC. Sources familiar with the companies… Read more »

Start walking more, everything is close in Richmond

Richmond is the fourth most walkable city in the nation – if you believe, which ranks cities and neighborhoods based on proximity to stores, restaurants and other establishments. Walk Score gives Richmond a walkability score of 78. By comparison, the top three cities ranked by Walk Score are San Francisco, New York and Boston,… Read more »

$40 million ballpark — Boulevard or elsewhere

A Pennsylvania developer of minor-league ballparks has released renderings of a possible $40 million, 8,500-seat stadium for the Boulevard, but he’s open to building downtown, too. Peter Kirk, a long-time team operator from the independent Atlantic League and a partner with Opening Day Partners, is working with former Richmond mayor Robert Bobb to develop the… Read more »

Governor Kaine’s wandering eyebrow now on T-shirts

The Democratic Party of Virginia took a joke about an over-expressive politician with a rebellious left eyebrow and turned it into a money-making opportunity. T-shirts featuring Virginia Governor Tim Kaine’s “Smilin’ Eyebrow” logo are for sale at $30 a pop on the party’s website. As are buttons, bumper stickers and posters that show the logo.

Ukrops fuels trucks with biodiesel

Ukrop’s is turning used chicken-fryer oil into biodiesel fuel that will be used to power the super market’s fleet of vehicles This weekend marked the first time that Ukrop’s trucks and trailers were filled up with locally mixed biodiesel fuel. Two local partners play central roles in the operation. Richmond-based RECO Biodiesel, Inc. collects recycled… Read more »

Trucks Number One for August

Earlier in the summer, potential car buyers were searching for smaller, more efficient vehicles in the wake of high gas prices and a struggling economy. But the gas prices are coming down, and auto buyers responded by making trucks the most sought after vehicle on the market last month.

70 cents is hard to find

The tolls on the downtown expressway, and the Powhite Parkway just rose from 50 cents to 70 cents. Why such an awkward number? It’s hard to find 70 cents for those of us who do not have Smart Passes. Is this a subtle attempt to force us to get them?

VCU Business School dean leaving in June

Michael Sesnowitz, dean of the VCU Business School and an instrumental figure in the money-raising and design of the new business school building, will be leaving the dean chair at the end of June. In an email sent out to the VCU faculty on Aug. 28, Sesnowitz said that he first accepted the VCU deanship… Read more »