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More than a dozen new restaurants, shops opening in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS Consider driving your taste buds to Newport News this month if you’re in the mood for something different. More than a dozen restaurants and shops are rolling out in the Marketplace at Tech Center, including a handful that are new to Hampton Roads.

Gas prices dip in time for Labor Day travel

Get ready for the best Labor Day since 2004 - at least as far as gas prices are concerned. A gallon of regular averaged $2.17 Thursday in Hampton Roads, down from $2.48 a month ago and $3.22 a year ago, AAA reported. The last Labor Day that gas cost less was in 2004, when regular averaged $1.78, said Katharine Beachboard, a local spokeswoman for AAA.

Around Town | "Mega gym" coming to Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH Regency Hilltop has a conditional use permit sign up for “indoor recreation.” Do you have any insight there? - Michael Colombrito The indoor recreation center referred to on the sign will be a new “mega gym,” said Bill Overman of S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.

Dollar Tree reports $98 million loss after expenses of Family Dollar merger

Dollar Tree Inc., loaded down with expenses from its recent takeover of Family Dollar Stores, reported Tuesday that it lost $98 million in its second quarter. That compared with a $122 million gain in the second quarter of 2014.
The loss for the Chesapeake-based retailer translated to 46 cents per share, compared with a 59-cent profit in the same period last year.

Norfolk man has designs on a bright future in the fashion world

NORFOLK The British model flashes a sultry look on the cover of Harper's Bazaar UK, her pink lips parted ever so slightly. Flip through the glossy pages inside the September 2014 issue, and you'll find a little piece of Hampton Roads.

Wal-Mart Supercenter will move into former Kmart building in Hilltop

VIRGINIA BEACH Hilltop is getting a Wal-Mart Supercenter. The retail chain will occupy the big-box space in Hilltop Square Shopping Center where Kmart used to be, according to Bill Wertz, a Wal-Mart spokesman. It's scheduled to open in 2017 and will be the closest Wal-Mart to the Oceanfront.

Michelin recalls truck, RV tires prone to rupturing

Michelin is recalling around 104,000 BF Goodrich tires used for light trucks and recreational vehicles because the sidewalls can rupture under severe use conditions. The tire maker says no injuries or deaths have been tied to the problem.

I cut the cord with my landline, but that doesn't mean it's right for you

We got rid of our landline at home a few months ago. It was a painless decision. We weren't getting many calls, and most of those were from businesses we didn't know and didn't want to know.
We saved a few bucks, and we've been doing just fine with only our cells.

Animals roaming the mall in Va. Beach? What's up?

VIRGINIA BEACH Darlene Mueller spoke to her husband on the phone. "We're at the mall and Lindsey's riding an elephant," she said. The Portsmouth resident smiled when she realized he thought their granddaughter, Lindsey Daniel of Moyock, was atop a live circus creature. Nope, she told him. The 12-year-old was gallivanting through Lynnhaven Mall on a motorized animal.

17-story residential tower planned for Fort Norfolk

NORFOLK A developer from Northern Virginia plans to build a 17-story residential tower, a marina and a mixed-use building with space for parking and retail shops on vacant property it owns in Fort Norfolk. Tarrants Bay LLC, based in Chantilly, outlined plans for the riverfront development in a rezoning request, which is expected to be discussed by Norfolk's Planning Commission on Sept. 24.

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