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Division Of Lifetouch May Be Shutting Down; Local Impact Unknown

5 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Social media was buzzing on Friday about an apparent Thursday announcement by Lifetouch concerning a planned February 4 closure of its Church Directories Division.

This closure, in turn, would lead to a reduction in employment at its Ontario and/or Galion locations, according to the announcement.

Founded just outside Galion in the 1960s, the Division was originally named United Church Directories, and was started by Nelson Jones and Del Bellew. In its heyday, the company created some 10,000 pictorial directories a year for churches across the country. More…


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A Chapter Ends As Bookstore Announces Closure

9 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s a sad day on Main Street.

In an announcement on its website, Mansfield’s “Bookstore Lady,” Llalan Fowler, manager of Main Street Books, announced that the county’s only independent bookstore will be closing.

The last day for the store will be on Saturday, September 26.

In the post, Fowler shared words of gratitude.

“As the manager for over nine years, I want to thank all of you who have supported the bookstore. It’s not easy for independent bookstores to survive anywhere, but is especially challenging in little towns like Mansfield. I fought day in and out to keep the bookstore open, but it was ultimately a losing battle,” the statement shared. More…

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Richland Mall Losing National Retailer

30 Jul , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Another national chain is closing multiple locations in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings. One of those locations shutting its doors is at 663 Richland Mall.

Ascena, the New Jersey-based parent company of chains including Lane Bryant, Ann Taylor, and more, has announced closure of 1,600 of its 2,800 current stores. More…


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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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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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Administrative Action Filed Against Jones Potato Chip Co.

4 May , 2020  

As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative complaint against Jones Potato Chip Co. The company, operating from Ohio, allegedly failed to make payment promptly to four produce sellers in the amount of $438,673 from November 2018 through March 2019.

Jones Potato Chip Co. will have an opportunity to request a hearing. More…


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Logan’s Roadhouse Reportedly Shuttering All Locations

7 Apr , 2020  

The current public health situation, combined with measures undertaken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, has temporarily closed many businesses across the county.

That includes the 360,000-plus restaurants that, in many locations, have been forced to limit service to take out and delivery.

A segment of these businesses will not return after the current pandemic abates. According to the trade journal Restaurant Business, that includes Logan’s Roadhouse, which operates a restaurant at 2171 W. Fourth Street in Ontario. More…

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Sears To Close In October At Richland Mall

8 Aug , 2019  

Difficult economic news for Richland County came this week when the following press release was issued by Transform HoldCo LLC, the entity formed earlier this year to hold the assets of Sears Holding Corporation.

“Over the past several months, we have worked hard to strengthen our vendor relationships, return our inventory levels to normal, and improve customer satisfaction and operations; however, we have faced a number of challenges returning our stores to sustainable levels of productivity, including differences with Sears Holdings over our purchase agreement and a generally weak retail environment. More…

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Sears Closing Another 80 Stores; Ohio Closures Do Not Include Richland Mall Location

30 Dec , 2018  

As the venerable department store chain Sears continues its shrinkage as it nears possible liquidation, additional closures of both Sears and K Mart locations nationwide have been announced.

These include the two remaining locations in Columbus, at Tuttle Crossing and Polaris Fashion Place, but for the time being the store at Richland Mall is not on that list. More…


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Auction Marks End Of Geyers In Richland County

2 Aug , 2017  

On Tuesday, interested buyers convened in person and online to purchase the tangible remainders of what was once a strong retailing presence in Richland County.

The scene was the former Geyers Market at 660 South Diamond Street in Mansfield. More…