The Herd: New hires and promotions for 5.19.10

The company that purchased Qimonda’s sprawling plant in Eastern Henrico has hired a chief technology officer to come to Richmond. Plus new hires in IT, accounting and HR, and a board appointment for a local venture capitalist.

Foreclosures 5.18.10

This week’s listing includes a home in Glen Allen with an original loan value of more than $800,000, nearly twice as much as the next highest. Plus a property on Rothesay Circle near the river.

A darker shade of green

The Sustainability Park in Chester plans to go even greener. Brenda Robinson, owner of the eco-conscious industrial park, has joined with Algal Farms owner Jes Sprouse to bring an unused water treatment plant on the site back into operation.

Monday Q&A: Recession is a treat for pet supply shop

A Richmond-based pet supply company has the sort of story that would make most other entrepreneurs green with envy. This week, RBS chats with the founder of Bully Sticks to catch up on his growth plans and how the recession has helped his business.

Does a burrito = a hamburger = a sandwich?

A cold cut war between a local sandwich shop and its non-responsive landlord has been settled after more than two years of battle. During the height of the conflict, the landlord would not call back or respond to more than 10 letters. So the tenant stopped paying rent for about a year.

Guest Opinion: Lies, damned lies and job statistics

Is Northrop Grumman’s move to Virginia as monumental as the headlines lead us to believe? This week local attorney Tom Bowden writes that it’s probably not, and that the entire justification for economic development is fishy.

The Pipeline: Commercial Real Estate Round Up for 5.14.10

Thalhimer reports the following deals: Planned Furniture Promotions  leased 25,000 square feet at 3035 Transport Street in Richmond. County of Henrico  leased 10,000 square feet in Gaskins Centre Building III at 9878-9898 Mayland Drive in Henrico. Sleepys, LLC  leased 8,300 square feet at Westchester Commons, Rt. 288 at Midlothian Tnpk., in Chesterfield. CB Richard Ellis… Read more »