Plans to revitalize historic produce terminal in Strip District move forward | WPXI

Plans to revitalize the historic produce terminal in the Strip District are moving forward with possible new restaurants, retail and office space constructed in the five-block-long building.

Source: Plans to revitalize historic produce terminal in Strip District move forward | WPXI

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HINES WARDS TABLE 86: Table 86 restaurant suddenly closes | WPXI

A popular restaurant that bears the jersey number of a former Steelers star is suddenly closing.

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That owner, Howard Schiller, said former Steeler Hines Ward is not a part-owner and his ties to the restaurant are in name and jersey number only.

Source: HINES WARDS TABLE 86: Table 86 restaurant suddenly closes | WPXI

Dollar Tree to close up to 390 Family Dollar stores, reports $2.3 billion loss

Discount retailer Dollar Tree plans to close 390 Family Dollar stores this year while renovating 1,000 other locations, the company said in releasing its earnings report Wednesday that showed a $2.3 billion loss during the fiscal fourth-quarter.

Source: Dollar Tree to close up to 390 Family Dollar stores, reports $2.3 billion loss

Amazon will reportedly launch its own chain of supermarkets

Amazon is planning to open its own grocery stores in the U.S. at a lower price point than Whole Foods, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The company is planning to open dozens of the stores, according to the Journal, with the first one opening in Los Angeles as early as the end of this year.

WalmartKrogerTargetBJsCostco and Sprouts all dipped sharply on the news.

Greensburg fires longtime city planning director | TribLIVE.com

Barbara Ciampini, who has run Greensburg’s planning and development department for decades, has been fired.

Greensburg City Council met Monday in a special session to handle the matter, Mayor Robert Bell confirmed.

Council’s decision was unanimous, he said.

Bell said he could not immediately discuss the reason for the firing, calling it a “personnel issue.” Further details may be made available later, he said.

Ciampini said she had no comment.

City Councilman Gregory Mertz said he could not comment on personnel matters. Other council members could not immediately be reached.

She worked for the city for about 35 years and was deeply involved in business development in Greensburg, working closely with the Greensburg Community Development Corp., Historical and Architectural Review Board and city council. Almost any construction or renovation project in the city was under her purview.

Source: Greensburg fires longtime city planning director | TribLIVE.com

Charlotte Russe files for bankruptcy – CNN

New York (CNN Business)Charlotte Russe has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and plans to close 94 stores, the company announced Monday.

The young women’s clothing chain becomes the latest mall-based retailer to file for bankruptcy protection, and joins a list that includes Gymboree, Claire’s, and Mattress Firm.
In a court filing Monday, Charlotte Russe, which operates 500 stores in malls around the country, said it “suffered from a dramatic decrease in sales and in-store traffic” and struggled with “the burden of maintaining a large brick-and-mortar presence.”
The company hopes to emerge from bankruptcy with a new owner and a lighter balance sheet. It secured $50 million from lenders to continue running about 400 Charlotte Russe and Peek Children’s stores, as well as its website, during the bankruptcy.
Poor sales and too much debt hurt the retailer.

Source: Charlotte Russe files for bankruptcy – CNN

Parents, students celebrate return to routine as L.A. teachers end strike, head back to class – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles teachers and union staff returned to school Wednesday morning, hours after voting on a contract agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District that put an end to a strike that spanned six school days.

The tentative agreement, announced early Tuesday, followed an all-night negotiating session between union and district officials in which the groups sought to hammer out several issues that prompted educators to walk out of classrooms in their first strike in 30 years.

A line of cars stretched outside McKinley Avenue Elementary School in South L.A. as teachers and students arrived for what some expect to be a return to normal after days of uncertainty. One by one, students popped out of cars, vans and SUVs as parents walked along 78th Street holding their children’s hands and giving them kisses before watching the children run inside.

Source: Parents, students celebrate return to routine as L.A. teachers end strike, head back to class – Los Angeles Times

Greensburg-based government workers file suit to leave union | TribLIVE

Three Pennsylvania state employees based in Greensburg are suing their union after trying unsuccessfully to resign their membership last year.

The employees, all three of whom work for the state Department of Labor & Industry, say they have U.S. Supreme Court precedent on their side, including last year’s controversial 5-4 decision, Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31.

“We believe a lot of people trying to resign from unions are trying to exercise their Janus rights,” said Nathan McGrath, vice president and director of litigation for the Fairness Center

McGrath noted that the new lawsuit addresses the issue of membership itself.

Source: Greensburg-based government workers file suit to leave union | TribLIVE

American Railways Chug Toward Automation – WSJ

SYDNEY—Mining giant Rio Tinto PLC calls it the world’s largest robot: mile-long driverless trains traversing the sparsely populated Australian Outback on roughly 1,000 miles of track. American railroad companies, seeking to boost network efficiencies, call it the future.

Source: American Railways Chug Toward Automation – WSJ

U.S. senator puts out a call to find regional manager for Scranton, Pennsylvania

Wanted: regional manager, Scranton.

Source: U.S. senator puts out a call to find regional manager for Scranton, Pennsylvania