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Richland Mall Losing Chuck E Cheese

30 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

]The sound of games and the smell of pizza will be a thing of the past at Richland Mall, as the local Chuck E Cheese operation is closing its doors.

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a filing this past week. In doing so, it identified some 45 stores nationwide that it does not intend to reopen. These represent almost ten percent of the chain’s 550 stores. More…

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Five Weeks To Five Guys

29 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

OK, it may be a wee bit more than that. What’s clear, however, is that the long anticipated arrival of Five Guys Burgers and Fries to north central Ohio is right around the corner. Here’s photo proof!

The Five Guys chain launched in 1986 in Arlington County, Virginia, and had 1,500 locations with another 1,500 planned as of 2016. As shared on the corporate website, three facts are true about each of those restaurants — only fresh ground beef is used; only peanut oil is used; and coolers, not freezers, are used. More…

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U-Haul® Opening 600 Unit Self Storage Facility In Mansfield

27 Jun , 2020  

From U-Haul Moving & Storage of Mansfield

U-Haul® will soon be presenting an impressive self-storage facility in Mansfield thanks to the recent acquisition of the former Big Lots® and Value City Furniture® at 1140 Park Avenue West.

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Mansfield is currently offering truck and trailer sharing, towing equipment and moving supplies from a temporary showroom at this location. U-Haul acquired the 9.35-acre property on February 26. More…

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GNC To Close As Many As 1,200 Stores; Ontario Location Not In First Round

25 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Retailer GNC has announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will close a significant number of stores.

This is taking place as the company pursues the sale of its business.

According to a press release, GNC shared that “With the support of its lenders and key stakeholders, the Company expects to confirm a standalone plan of reorganization or consummate a sale that will enable the business to exit from this process in the fall of this year.” More…

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It’s Movie Time! Well, Almost.

25 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

When Responsible Restart Ohio opening dates were announced, movie theatres were among those businesses allowed to open their doors on June 10.

Very few theatres did so at the time.

Now that there has been time to develop plans to match the guidelines issued by the Ohio Department of Health, July is going to see movie going return to many parts of the state — including Richland County. More…

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RCDG Launches Small Business Loan Fund

21 Jun , 2020  

This past week, the Richland Community Development Group (RCDG), an affiliate of the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development, announced the creation of the RCDG Small Business Loan Fund with roughly $194,000. This project, in partnership with three local lenders, is a loan program with collateral enhancement aimed at helping to support Richland County small businesses. More…

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Grand Opening Set For Newest Mansfield-Built Carousel

19 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

The folks in Greensboro, North Carolina have been waiting a good long time for their new carousel.

The numbers are impressive for the Greensboro Rotary Carousel: $3.8 raised over 14 years from 300 donors, and 56 sculpted animals from Carousel Works in Mansfield. More…

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Park National Bank Closing Two Richland County Locations

8 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

Park National Bank, which continues to operate locally under the name Richland Bank, has announced plans to shutter two locations in Richland County effective September 30.

The move comes as Park closes 21 branches in 13 Ohio counties, as well as a location in North Carolina.

Locally, the impacted banking operations will be in Butler and inside the Kroger Marketplace on Lexington Avenue. More…

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JCPenney Closing 154 Stores This Summer; Richland Mall Location Not Included

7 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

In early May, we shared the news that the JCPenney Company was possibly closing up to one-quarter of its stores across the country in face of ongoing challenges and the impact of COVID-19.

This past week, the first stage in that process began with the announced closure of 154 JCPenney locations. The location at Richland Mall was not among them.

A release shared by the company on Thursday stated that the choice of which stores to close came “Following a comprehensive evaluation of its retail footprint and a careful analysis of store performance and future strategic fit for the company.” More…

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Ohio Reopens Some More For Some More Summer Fun

5 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

Going to the movies might be a different experience for awhile, but, then again, it’s better than not going, right?

With the notable exception of amusement parks, Ohio’s entertainment venues will be able to reopen to the public as of June 10, albeit with mandatory and recommended health and safety restrictions in place. More…

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Ribbon Cuttings Begin For Richland County STRONG Month

5 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff; Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development

Across Ohio, business of almost all types are beginning to reopen with patron and guest safety in mind. With this relaunch, the traditional call to “shop local” takes on added significance.

Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development is making sure that Richland Countians are aware of businesses reopening. To that end, the month of June has been named Richland County STRONG month. More…

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Richland, Area Unemployment Rates Soar

28 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

The numbers were expected, however seeing them in black and white is unsettling.

On Wednesday, unemployment rates for Ohio’s counties and metropolitan areas were released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

On May 24, we shared information about Ohio’s overall unemployment rate, which stood at 16.8%. Some 823,700 fewer Ohioans had non-agricultural positions in April than in the previous month. More…

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Ohio Unemployment Rate Stands At 16.8 Percent

24 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff; Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 16.8% in April, up from a revised 5.8% in March. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 823,700 over the month, from a revised 5,539,100 in March to 4,715,400 in April. More…

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Report States AK Steel Mill To Reopen

22 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

The website Industrial Info Resources is reported that a local mill will soon be reopening.

According to the article, which can be accessed here, AK Steel will restart operations at its Mansfield stainless steel mill.

In April, we shared news of a reported idling of the mill by owner Cleveland Cliffs due to decreased sales, which subsequently took place.

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