Business & Economy

Bob Evans To Sell, Lease Back Ohio Headquarters, 2 Plants

May 30, 2015
Bob Evans restuarant
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The owner of the Bob Evans restaurant chain is planning to sell its new Ohio headquarters just outside Columbus along with two manufacturing plants.

Bob Evans Farms Inc. says it will then lease back the properties and use the money from the sale for stock buybacks.

Abercrombie Shares Down In First Quarter

May 28, 2015

Abercrombie and Fitch’s shares and sales are down, so far this year. After its long-time CEO stepped down six months ago, the Columbus-based retailer is trying to reinvent itself. But there’s question about whether it’s working.  One expert who says it’s too soon to mark the company’s demise.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says the city has a jobs problem, too many teens and young adults, thousands, are unemployed. The mayor says the city will help some find jobs but he's also appealing to the city's private businesses.

Jeni's Listeria Scare: How Businesses Respond to Crises

May 21, 2015
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Local entrepreneur Jeni Britton Bauer discusses how her enterprise quickly recovered from a listeria scare last month and what her team has done to ensure its future.

Then, an outsider's perspective on Jeni's and other businesses that have bounced back from the brink of disaster.

New home construction in Upper Arlington.

A homebuilding rebound in much of the United States is happening in Ohio as well.

The Commerce Department says U.S. homebuilders ramped up construction in April to the fastest pace in seven-and-a-half years. An official with the Ohio Home Builders Association says that trend is occurring in parts of Ohio as well.

Jeni's Shops To Reopen Next Week

May 15, 2015
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream says it will reopen its scoop shops by May 22.

The popular Columbus-based ice cream company shut down April 23 after a pint of its ice cream tested positive for listeria.

Jeni's has since recalled and recycled more than 500,000 pounds of product at a cost of $2.5 million.

The company has also redesigned its production kitchen and is set to resume production this week.

The source of listeria was determined to be the spout of a machine that fills pints for retail sale.

Jeni's store
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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams plans to soon resume production, according to the company's Facebook page.

Critics Say FirstEnergy Plans Will Cost Customers In The Long Run

May 11, 2015
Electric meter
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Supporters and opponents of a plan from FirstEnergy say it will cost customers more for the first three years, but that's where the agreement ends.

Jeni's Ice Cream Faithful Leave Love Notes

May 4, 2015
Mandie Trimble / WOSU

 It's been more than a week since Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams voluntarily recalled all of its products after Listeria was found in some of it. But the love for Jeni's hasn't waned. Many people have left "love notes" on the Short North's scoop shop door. 

outside of J.C. Penney Eastland building
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

After years of turmoil, Eastland Mall remains open, but it’s under new ownership after it was auctioned last month.  And the mall’s future looks bleak as one of its anchor stores prepares to close.

Outside J.C. Penney’s Eastland store, no signs warn it will close.  Inside, shoppers see much less merchandise available. 

Wages and the Economy

Apr 21, 2015
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The economy has been seeing steady growth for some time after the recession. And yet, while some big companies raise their pay scales, overall wages remain depressed. We look at the numbers and the consequences of stagnant wages.

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As House leaders put forward a budget that they say will help people out of poverty, the directors of the state’s job and family services agencies say they have some answers as to why people need public assistance.


The Casino Control Commission released the monthly revenue report for Ohio’s casinos, but figures are mixed.

Three of the state’s four casinos saw revenue gains in March over February.

building rendering
Kaufman Development

A 17-story building known as Two25 Commons will be the final addition to the Columbus Commons downtown park. The tower will be a mix of retail, office and residential space says Bret Kaufman of Kaufman Development.

Manufacturers Seek Young Workers

Mar 25, 2015
Honda VP
Tom Borgerding / WOSU News

Some manufacturers in Central Ohio see workforce trouble ahead. It has nothing to do with labor strife. Rather, the trouble has more to do with demographics and perceptions of factory work.