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Meet the Santa of the Hampton Roads Halloween season

Call him Halloween Santa.
Jimmy Thomas steered a wheelbarrow with five pumpkins to the cashier Thursday at Norfolk Farm Market, off East Little Creek Road.
Next task: dropping them off at the porches of his five children who live in the area - but not when they're home.

Will your Walgreens or Rite Aid store close in Hampton Roads?

The parent company of Walgreens answered the big questions on shareholders' minds when it announced plans to buy Rite Aid this week, but it is leaving consumers in the dark about what will happen to their pharmacy of choice.

Nissan expands fuel leak recall to 59,000 sedans

DETROIT A Nissan recall for possible fuel leaks in crashes has been expanded to include nearly 59,000 Altima and Maxima sedans worldwide. The recall now covers certain 2013 to 2016 Altima midsize cars and some 2016 Maxima large cars. Also included are some 2014 to 2016 Teana sedans made in Russia. All have V6 engines.

Halloween sales in Hampton Roads trending up, retailer says

Will Halloween be a trick or a treat for retailers? Depends on whom you ask.

Tell stories, play up good reviews, consultant tells auto dealers in Virginia Beach

Does your business respond to customer emails with a standard "Thank you for your inquiry; someone will be with you shortly"? If you think that's the way to go, you're wrong, a marketing consultant said Friday.

Simon plans to break ground on Norfolk outlet mall in April

After setbacks and delays, the developers behind a proposed outlet mall on the site of the former Lake Wright Golf Course said this week they plan to break ground in April.

Tell us about your thrift store finds

Everyone loves a bargain, right? Thrift shop and yard sale enthusiasts, here's your chance to let others gush over your nifty finds.

Dollar Tree to phase out Deals stores

Dollar Tree Inc. said Tuesday that it will convert nearly all of its 222 Deals stores to the Dollar Tree banner.
Dollar Tree acquired the chain of Deals stores from Supervalu, the owner of Farm Fresh supermarkets, for about $31 million in 2006. Unlike Dollar Tree locations, Deals stores charge more than $1 for some items.

Around Town | Iconic building demolished, new businesses coming

What is happening at site of former IHOP on Virginia Beach Boulevard? And what is being built on Wesleyan Drive next to where the old Food Lion used to be, close to Cypress Point? There’s a brick building going up that looks like a fast food restaurant. - Kim Talman As the pancake palace crumbles in one part of Virginia Beach, Waffle House builds a new location across town.

Makers of Budweiser, Miller joining forces in takeover

BRUSSELS The world's top two beer makers agreed Tuesday to join forces to create a company that would control nearly a third of the global market and bring together top U.S. brands Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft.

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