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 »

Staffing up

Two entrepreneurs are launching a staffing firm, and two other HR-related firms are merging. That might be a sign that firms are positioning themselves for a lucrative rebound in recruitment-related spending.

Rocketts Landing building fills up

With two new tenants signing leases for first-floor space, one of the mixed-use buildings at Rocketts Landing is, commercially speaking, fully leased.

Green shoots in Hanover

A new incubator in Hanover County is helping to grow businesses in the clean energy sector and already has its first crop of startups moving in.

Where is the other shoe?

Ever since the residential real estate bubble popped, investors, owners and lenders have been waiting for commercial real estate loans to cause chaos to the financial markets. Real estate investors and firms that service bad loans are still licking their chops, according to two industry insiders at an Urban Land Institute luncheon Tuesday. The duo offered their insights on what they see happening over the next year and a half.