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  Petersburg gives restaurant, bar owners way to expand seating during COVID-19 pandemic

Businesses in Petersburg are expanding beyond their existing walls and patios closing a portion of Sycamore Street and opened its new outdoor seating area with 40 picnic table in hopes to make up for the revenue lost by COVID-19.

Chesterfield announces $5 million for ‘Back in Business’ grant program

Petersburg closes street to increase space for outdoor dining

Opening your business? You should probably flush your water first

Virginia unemployment rate in double digits due to pandemic

  Goodwill stores gradually reopening under Phase One guidelines

Prince William County asks for limited restaurant re-opening

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Richmond leaders form reopening coalition to help small businesses

Small Virginia company gets huge federal medicines contract

H&M store permanently closing at Stony Point Fashion Park

Chesterfield County launches online guidance tool for businesses to reopen

  ‘It’s like a rebirth’: Chesterfield residents, businesses take advantage of Phase One reopening

Kroger to give $130 million to employees in ‘thank you’ pay, extends COVID-19 leave

  Some Richmond restaurant owners upset over city’s pause of Phase One

Richmond restaurant owner says he will lose at least 40% of what he bought in preparation for this weekend.

Stoney: Richmond restaurants can get reimbursed if they donate perishable food to Feed More

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney says restaurants that were planning on opening this weekend for outdoor service can donate any perishable food and get reimbursed.

  Central Virginia malls announce plans to reopen on Friday

Southpark Mark announced that they will be reopening later this week. Protective measures will also be put in place.

  Virginia ABC accelerates approval process for restaurants serving alcohol outdoors

After weeks of economic burden from statewide COVID-19 restrictions Virginia ABC authority announced Wednesday that it will be accelerating the process for licensees to receive approval for temporary outside dining areas.

ChamberRVA announces COVID-19 relief fund for small businesses

  Some barber shops preparing to reopen on Friday

  Ashland prepares businesses for soft opening Friday

Some Virginia Hair Cuttery employees receiving back wages

  ’We’re going to go under’: Gym owners concerned as they wait to reopen

Flower shops bustling with blossoms ahead of Mother’s Day

Nordstrom in Short Pump closing permanently

Nordstrom announced on Tuesday that it will be permanently closing 16 full-line stores across the country.

Richmond-area advertising expert compiles list of mistakes businesses need to avoid during pandemic

As businesses continue efforts to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, an advertising expert is weighing in on the mistakes they see businesses make during these unprecedented times.

Printing company with long history closing Virginia plant

A printing company whose Virginia operation dates back to 1913 is closing the facility, putting 184 people out of a job.

  Hanover County Board of Supervisors passes Wegmans 2020 rezoning ordinance in 4-3 vote

By following and complying with Governor Northam’s social distancing guidelines, Hanover County has expanded ways residents can participate.

  Restaurant owners looking ahead to phase re-opening

Abuelita's on Midlothian Turnpike is looking at how to accomplish phase re-opening.

  Ledbury & Virginia 30 Day Fund teaming up, donating masks to 140 businesses

On May 15, several businesses will be reopening as Governor Ralph Northam has instilled a three-phase reopening plan for Virginia.

Kroger offering free COVID-19 testing to front-line employees

One of the biggest grocery stores in the country says they are now offering free COVID-19 testing for front-line employees.

Risking it all: Small business, the backbone of the Va. economy, fights to survive COVID-19

Across Virginia, the story is the same for tens of thousands of restaurants, shops, salons, spas, gyms, theaters, transportation services, malls — many at risk of disappearing because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Business owner reacts to Governor’s expected announcement regarding reopening plans

“A lot of people are suffering. A lot of my friends who are hairdressers are really having a hard time dealing with all of this." manager of Jim’s Hopewell Barber Shop said.

  Eye doctors may now see non-emergency patients

Eye doctors may now see non-emergency patients after Executive Order banning elective procedures expired.

Legend Brewing Company introducing new ale featuring dog adopted from Richmond SPCA

As part of Be Kind To Animals Week, Legend Brewing Company is debuting the release of a new ale featuring a dog adopted from the Richmond SPCA.

Walmart gives its Virginia associates $4.8 million in cash bonuses

Walmart announced on Thursday that it was giving its associates in Virginia $4.8 million in cash bonuses.

New Publix scheduled to open in Chesterfield County in June

The grand opening for a new Publix in Chesterfield County has been set for June.

  Feed More receives $90K grant, hires Richmond chefs to help prepare meals

Even as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise, Virginia remains strong.

Kroger requires all employees to now wear masks; Launches contactless pay option called, ‘Kroger Pay’

Kroger Mid-Atlantic says they have provided masks for all store associates to wear and as of April 25, employees are required to wear them.

  Bon Air photographer offering porch portraits to families

Photographer Shaun Aigner-Lee is yet another example of someone in our community being “Virginia Strong.”She’s making house calls in her neighborhood taking pictures of families on their porches to raise money for FeedMore.

Starbucks extends giving free coffee to all first responders and frontline workers until May 31

Starbucks has already given away more than one million cups of coffee.

  Va. restaurants to lose over $1.3 billion in April from pandemic restrictions

After over a month of statewide stay-at-home restrictions following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March the National Restaurant Association says that the foodservice industry is poised to lose more than $1.3 billion in sales for April if trends continue through the month.

Virginia has paid out $328M in unemployment benefits, but some workers are still waiting for checks

As in most states, Virginia’s unemployment system wasn’t built for the historic surge of applications that followed wide-spread business closures.

Altria CEO retires after recovering from COVID-19

Altria Group, Inc. announced that its chairman and CEO is retiring after 28 years with the business.

USPS currently hiring in Richmond area

The U.S. Postal Service has several openings for job positions located in the Central and Northern parts of Virginia.

  Carlson Financial offers service answering questions to those nearing or in retirement

Carlson Finacial is offering a temporary service to help those nearing retirement or in retirement by answering investment questions.

Smithfield Foods closes plants in Wisconsin, Missouri

Smithfield Foods will temporarily close its meat processing plants in Cudahy, Wisconsin and Martin City, Missouri because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trader Joe’s opening second location in Richmond

Richmond Bizsense is reporting that Trader Joe’s will be opening its second location in Richmond.

The Fresh Market begins to require customers to wear masks

The Fresh Market is now requiring all customers to wear a mask before going into the store.

‘Open For You’: NBC12 launches website to support local businesses

Local businesses need our support now more than ever, so NBC12 has launched a new way to help out.

Virginia ABC will close stores for Easter

The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority announced that the company will close all stores for the Easter holiday.

Virginia ABC will temporarily close select stores in Northern Virginia area

The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) has announced that the company will temporarily close select stores located in the Northern Virginia area.

How grocery stores are staying safe during coronavirus

Virginia grocery stores have increased efforts to keep stores clean and safe while they remain open to provide essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

450 CarMax employees in Virginia being furloughed; 15,500 nationwide

CarMax will be furloughing about 15,500 employees nationwide starting on April 18.

Virginians can soon order mixed drinks to-go

While restaurants and distilleries remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ralph Northam has directed Virginia ABC to allow the businesses to sell mixed drinks through takeout or delivery, starting at midnight Thursday.

  ‘VA 30 Day Fund’ helping small businesses stay open during COVID-19 crisis

Small businesses have been hit hard due to social distancing guidelines and the closure of non-essential businesses. A Northern Virginia technology entrepreneur and his wife started a non profit to help small businesses stay afloat.

Richmond-area restaurants & bars temporarily offering pick up, delivery and curbside service

Mayor Levar Stoney is working with city restaurants to use curbside services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Sheetz launches new feature to ‘scan and go’ with their app

Sheetz is launching a new service that lets people check out their own convenience store items to minimize social contact during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lowe’s closing stores on Easter to allow teams to ‘recharge’

Lowe’s stores will be closed on Easter Sunday to provide teams with a day off, the company announced Tuesday.

  Mechanicsville car stereo shop makes, donates PPE to hospitals

Some businesses are finding ways to contribute during this pandemic, including making personal protective equipment (PPE).

  Richmond small businesses can apply for no-interest disaster loans during pandemic

The Richmond Economic Development Authority has created a no-interest disaster loan program for small businesses within city limits.

Publix rolling out contactless payment options

Publix will be rolling out contactless payment options at stores starting on April 4.

  Funeral homes adapt to social distancing amid pandemic

The pandemic is being felt in every industry, even funeral services, which still have to enforce social distancing.

Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James clothing line giving away dresses to teachers as thank you

The clothing company made the announcement on social media on Thursday.

  Lewis Ginter joins growing list of employers making cuts amid virus outbreak

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens announced that they will be making cuts amid the virus outbreak.

Two Virginia ABC stores will reopen soon after COVID-19 cases

Two Virginia ABC stores have reopened after coronavirus (COVID-19) cases caused the stores to close down.

Virginia ABC announces reduced hours for all stores

Starting next week, all Virginia ABC stores in the state will be reducing hours of operations.

Kroger has 1,500 job openings

Kroger stores in Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio has more than 1,500 job openings.

Macy’s to furlough majority of its 130,000 workers amid coronavirus outbreak

Macy’s says it will stop paying tens of thousands of employees who were thrown out of work when the chain closed its stores in response to collapsing sales during the pandemic.

  COVID-19 restrictions limit Virginia State Parks to day-use

Effective Friday overnight facilities and restrooms will be closed through April 30. The closure includes all cabins, campgrounds, camping cabins and yurts, as well as restrooms and bathhouses.

Kroger Mid-Atlantic gives update on COVID-19 response

Kroger Mid-Atlantic gives customers and staff an update on the response the company is taking amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Local realtors opt for virtual tours amidst impacts from COVID-19

For property manager Nelda Hylton, thriving in period of social distancing due to COVID-19 means relying on technology in order to buy rent or sell real estate in Richmond.

Jobless claims spike in Virginia after coronavirus outbreak; here’s who is currently hiring

A new report from the Department of Labor shows that 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, quadrupling the previous record set in 1982.

Crocs sending free pair of shoes to healthcare workers

Crocs will be sending a free pair of shoes to healthcare workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Krispy Kreme offering free donuts to doctors, nurses

Krispy Kreme will be offering free donuts to doctors and nurses every Monday until May.

PepsiCo Beverages seeking to hire temporary staff

PepsiCo Beverages North America South Division is looking to hire temporary staff immediately in the Richmond community.

  Henrico County offers COVID-19 support to local restaurants

In an effort to ease the economic blow the statewide COVID-19 restrictions are having on local businesses, the Henrico County Board of Supervisors and County Administrators is launching an initiative to support locally owned restaurants, caterers and similar businesses by purchasing meals for public

AG Herring warns retailers to monitor price gouging on online marketplaces

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is warning retailers that price gouging laws are not exempt from online marketplaces.

  Rideshares report drop in riders, rise in food deliveries

“Two weeks ago, I was barely doing pickup orders."

Starbucks giving free coffee to all first responders and frontline workers until May 3

Starbucks is also paying their employees 30 days of catastrophe pay.

Henrico Board of Supervisors approves freeze on tax penalties, interest

Starting now through August, businesses in Henrico cannot be charged with any penalties on meals and hotel tax payments.

As groceries fly off shelves, farmers worry about next season’s crop

With the planting season fast approaching, Virginia farmers, still smarting from the bruising effects of the U.S.-China trade war, are facing an extra dose of uncertainty.