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Food truck park opens at Virginia Beach Oceanfront

VIRGINIA BEACH Hungry? Step up to the truck. The region's first food truck park - The Hub - opened Friday at 712 Atlantic Ave. in a grassy lot one block from the ocean. Lunchgoers noshed at picnic tables as construction workers finished building a stage for live music and a hut for beer and wine.

As competition heats up, online shoppers get perks

The battle for online shoppers intensified Thursday as several leading tech giants announced moves to lure consumers into their virtual malls.

Retail Alliance names Virginia Beach florist retailer of the year

Fairfield Flowers was named Retailer of the Year on Thursday night by Retail Alliance.

Tax holiday cuts mean fewer days to save

Through Sunday, you can buy a chain saw, a generator, even a pack of batteries, and you won't be charged sales tax. Virginia is observing the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday this week. Enjoy it while it lasts. It won't be this long again. The good news is, it'll be back in less than three months.

Ford recalls vehicles for fuel tank, steering problems

DETROIT Ford has two new recalls involving 423,000 vehicles in North America with potential steering problems and 19,500 Mustangs with fuel tank issues.

Budding local businesses plan to sell growlers of beer

Grab a growler and get ready. The options are poised to explode for filling your jugs with mass quantities of your favorite suds. At least four Hampton Roads businesses are in various stages of getting off the ground, and each plans to tap into a growing trend on the local beer scene: growler-filling stations.

Dollar Tree says first-quarter results hurt by port slowdown

Dollar Tree Inc.'s first-quarter earnings fell short of analysts' estimates. Company officials on Thursday said port slowdowns on the West Coast and an early Easter depressed sales.

Target could get more than $1M for Suffolk expansion

RICHMOND Target Corp. stands to receive more than $1 million in public money for a planned expansion of its distribution center in Suffolk. The $50 million project was announced in late April. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership provided the grant numbers this week.

Norfolk incentives aim to attract shops for downtown

NORFOLK By the end of the year, parts of downtown Norfolk may look like they were pulled straight from the pages of Pinterest. A group of downtown business and property owners is expected to launch an incentive program this morning called Vibrant Spaces, which aims to bring unique and stylish street-level shops to Granby Street and Monticello Avenue.

Kmart to close Hilltop store, lay off 82 employees

VIRGINIA BEACH Attention Kmart shoppers: Your Hilltop store is closing. The store at 550 First Colonial Road in the Hilltop Square Shopping Center will shut its doors in late July. A liquidation sale is under way.

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