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What happens to thrift-store donations? A behind-the-scenes look

You’ve finally done it. You’ve gone through your house and purged the belongings you no longer need: baby clothes the kids have long outgrown, the “I love Cancun” T-shirt that’s more holes than shirt, golf clubs that haven’t seen a course in years.

YNot Italian closes location near ODU

For YNot Italian, the question became: Y? Specifically, why continue a store with less-than-appetizing sales near Old Dominion University? It closed the spot on Monarch Way on July 1, founder Tony DiSilvestro said last week: “It just didn’t fit our model.”

7-Eleven offering free Slurpees today

Just in time for Saturday's high temperatures, 7-Eleven is offering its annual free Slurpee day to celebrate its 88th birthday. Anyone who comes into a 7-Eleven location can get a 12-ounce Slurpee for free between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

Dominion Power warns customers against scammers

Dominion Power is warning against scammers who have been threatening to turn off electricity if customers do not send them payments. Impostors are using phone-spoofing software to target small businesses across Virginia and North Carolina, according to a statement from Dominion.

Turning Tables | Norfolk confectionary BonBonnier a sweet surprise on 21st Street

NORFOLK Close your eyes and imagine the taste of soft, light-as-air peanut butter. Follow that with a smooth note of cayenne pepper. Wrap those flavors in a rich milk chocolate. Now open your eyes and admire the golden flecks that shimmer on the top of the treat.

It's official: Dollar Tree has acquired Family Dollar

Dollar Tree Inc. announced Monday that it has completed its $9.2 billion acquisition of Family Dollar. The takeover was approved by the Federal Trade Commission last week on the condition that Dollar Tree sell 330 Family Dollar stores, including six in Hampton Roads.
The acquisition creates the largest discount retailer in North America, with more than 13,600 stores.

National bust means local boom in sales of Confederate goods

As national retailers scurry to drop items with Confederate images, local purveyors say they're sticking with them and report plump sales.

Confederate controversy fuels flag sales for N.C. man

MOYOCK, N.C. Keith Jennings knows a lot about Confederate flags: He's been selling them since 1998. A signmaker by trade, his offerings include three national flags of the Confederacy, Gen. Robert E. Lee's headquarters flag and the iconic battle flag, among others.

Portsmouth man's business, built in his spare time, is a real trip

PORTSMOUTH When Andrae Marable was growing up in Danville, his family couldn't afford long trips. It was a big deal to go to the Carowinds amusement park in North Carolina, two hours away. Marable wanted to see more of the world. The 35-year-old has gotten his wish, having visited 42 states so far. He also wanted to start a business. Check that one off the list, too.

Dollar Tree, Family Dollar $9.2B merger approved

Dollar Tree Inc. said Thursday it will complete its $9.2 billion acquisition of Family Dollar stores on Monday after federal regulators approved an agreement to meet antitrust concerns. The combined company will be the largest discount retailer in North America, with more than 13,000 stores.

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