All Things Business

New Retailer Coming To Ontario

18 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The bend in the Springfield Square shopping center in Ontario is a busy place these days.

Formerly the home of Staples, the storefront at 542 Lexington-Springmill Road is sporting a bit of a different look these days.

A sign on the facade heralds the imminent arrival of Ross Dress for Less, a discount department store chain from California. As of 2018, it was America’s largest off-price retailer with 1,483 stores in 37 states.

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Sixty Years Of Holiday Inn Ending As DoubleTree By Hilton Arrives

17 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There’s about to be a change on Park Avenue West in the general vicinity of the Renaissance Theatre.

The city’s largest hotel operation is about ready to receive a new name. When it does so, it will end 60 years of the Holiday Inn chain having a presence in Mansfield.

The original Holiday Inn was located at 880 Laver Road, just off of US 30. That motel opened in 1962.

A bit over 20 years later, the large Holiday Inn Mansfield, later Holiday Inn & Suites, opened on Park Avenue West in downtown Mansfield, on August 5, 1984.  A $7 million investment resulted in 160 rooms and the new Leland Ballroom, named after the short-lived hotel.

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A Two Day Series: A Renovated Historic Space Welcomes A Relocated Retailer

12 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Yesterday and today we’re featuring a marriage of sorts between a unique and historic building and an exciting and vibrant new tenant to call it home.

Yesterday we shared a post from 2017 about efforts to bring a downtown building back to life. Today we’re looking at a business which is relocating into that very space.

Downtown Mansfield’s newest retailer claiming their own unique space along the street is Bloom Boutique.

Currently located in the Roots Salon, Bloom Boutique is opening later this month in their own space at 48 Park Avenue West in the historic Finley Block.

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Inflation Hits The $5 Little Caesars Pizza

7 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, Press Release

Inflation has become a way of life recently in north central Ohio. While some commodities are holding steady in terms of price, others are increasing rapidly.

Rising costs have also impacted several almost-sacred elements of consumer culture. Consider, for instance, the $5 Hot-N-Ready pizza at many Ohio Little Caesars locations.

On Monday, the chain issued a press release suggesting that there’s more than pizza dough that’s rising there. It reads:

Little Caesars, the brand known for value, quality, and convenience, revealed a new and improved HOT-N-READY Classic Pepperoni pizza today. The new version of the brand’s most popular pizza adds 33% more pepperoni and has the same high-quality ingredients. Beginning today, consumers nationwide can get the new and improved HOT-N-READY Classic Pepperoni pizza for the price of $5.55* for a limited time, at participating locations, plus tax.

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Ontario Retailer To Close

7 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It has been the subject of speculative comments on Facebook over the last few weeks.

This week, it became official. Many sources are reporting that the Ontario location of national retailer Bed, Bath & Beyond will be shutting its doors before the end of February.

Going out of business sales have already begun at the 2259 Walker Lake Road store.

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New Richland County COVID-19 Relief Grant Program Opens For Applications

29 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Sectors of the local economy powerfully impacted by the pandemic are about to get some relief.

From January 1 through January 31, businesses in the areas of food & beverage, entertainment venue, and lodging & tourism can apply for funding in a new Richland County COVID-19 Grant program

Applications can be submitted for grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000 depending on the impact of the pandemic on a given business. Grants will be given to those who qualify as long as funds remain.

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Panchos Tacos Opening Location In Bellville

22 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

From food truck to stand-alone restaurant to a chain – Panchos Tacos clearly has a winning recipe.

The local favorite began in 2016 when two friends, Alejandro Anchondo and Jesus Davalos, began to sell from a new taco truck. By 2017, the pair had opened a new restaurant at 1344 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield.

Concentrating on a casual atmosphere and the freshest ingredients possible, Panchos Tacos offers authentic Mexican and American Mexican foods, with a specialty of Al Pastor offerings.

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California Company Acquires Mansfield-Based Trebel Energy

20 Dec , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Boyne Capital Partners has announced that its portfolio company, Pilot Power Group has acquired Trebel Energy, a leading provider of electricity and natural gas procurement services to municipal aggregation (CCA) and commercial clients in Ohio.

Headquartered in Mansfield, Trebel guides customers through the complex process of aggregation formation by i) educating and gathering approval from local residences, ii) analyzing and negotiating sustainable “energy choice” products from various retail energy providers, and iii) maintaining procurement programs post-contracting. Visit www.trebelllc.com for additional information.

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Mansfield Lahm Receives $295,000 In Federal Funding

16 Dec , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

It was announced on Wednesday that nearly 100 airports across the state of Ohio will receive nearly $254 million in federal funding over the next five thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Mansfield Lahm Airport is one of those recipients and will receive $295,000.

“This airport funding is a big win for Ohio across our state, for urban and rural areas alike.  Upgrading and modernizing our airports will create tens of thousands of jobs and play a key role in attracting business and growing Ohio’s economy, both in the near term and for many years to come,” said US Senator Rob Portman. “Now that air travel is beginning to ramp up as we work to get through this pandemic, it is the right time to make significant investments in our airports to ensure they will be able to meet the increasing demands of services.”

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Suspect Arrested After Threats Temporarily Close Northeast Ohio Goodwill Stores

11 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Goodwill outlets in Richland County, as well as others in Summit, Portage, Medina, and Ashland Counties, were closed on Wednesday and Thursday of this week after an employee received a phone call threatening to “shoot up” a store, several news outlets and Goodwill social media shared.

The store in question is on 9th Street Southwest in Canton, while another location also received a threatening phone call.

The decision was made by Goodwill officials to close all area stores until the matter could be investigated and employee/patron safety could be assured. The store made the following statement:

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Holiday Sales Forecast: Mansfield Set To Have Banner Sales Season

26 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The University of Cincinnati Economics Center has released its annual Holiday Forecast of Ohio Retail Spending, and the numbers again look very positive for Mansfield and north central Ohio – in fact, better than any other metro area in the state.

This is at least the third time in the last four years that that has been the case.

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CVS Announces Closure Of 900 Stores; Fate Of Richland County Locations Not Known

21 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

In a Thursday news release by CVS entitled “CVS Health announced steps to accelerate omnichannel health strategy,” not all of the wording was so cryptic — particularly in reference to upcoming store closures.

It shared in part, “The company has been evaluating changes in population, consumer buying patterns and future health needs to ensure it has the right kinds of stores in the right locations for consumers and for the business. As part of this initiative, CVS Health will reduce store density in certain locations and close approximately 300 stores a year for the next three years. The company is committed to offering impacted colleagues roles in other locations or different opportunities as part of its overall workforce strategy. These changes will begin in the spring of 2022.”

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Gorman-Rupp Reports Third Quarter Earnings, CEO Change

8 Nov , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Gorman-Rupp Company has reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30.

Third Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Third quarter earnings per share were $0.34 compared to $0.28 per share for the third quarter of 2020
    • 2021 results included an unfavorable LIFO impact of $0.08 per share due to inflationary pressure
    • Results included non-cash pension settlement charges of $0.01 and $0.03 per share in 2021 and 2020, respectively
  • Sales increased 14.8% and incoming orders increased 32.0% compared to the third quarter of 2020
  • Backlog improved to $156.5 million at September 30, 2021
  • Scott A. King promoted to Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2022
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Avita’s Phase III Brings Obstetrics Unit To Ontario

15 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

This week, Avita Health System announced that construction started earlier this year on Phase III of Ontario Hospital.

This third phase has been in progress since March 2021 and will include additional inpatient beds and a new Labor Delivery, Recovery, and Postpartum (LDRP) unit on the second floor.

“We always had a plan to expand the number of inpatient beds available at Ontario Hospital to better meet the needs of the community,” said Jerome Morasko, President/ CEO, Avita Health System. “We also wanted to bring another option for obstetrical care to the area. Our new unit allows patients to deliver their babies in state-of-the art LDRP rooms and provides a unique birthing experience right here in Richland County.”

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All Things Business, Shelby

One Location, Many Shops

14 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The revitalization of downtown Shelby continues with the arrival of a new business to Main Street.

Actually, that should perhaps be “new businesses.”

This past week, the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development held a ribbon cutting event for The Little Shops of Shelby, the newest addition to the downtown streetscape. The new store, located at 40 West Main Street, is owned by Connie Roub.

The Little Shops of Shelby features multiple vendors in one shopping venue. It’s a great place to find just the right thing for that someone in your life.

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