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1. OPENING: Barbara’s Scrappin’ Place in Beavercreek
A new crafting and scrapbook store has opened in Beavercreek.
Barbara’s Scrappin’ Place, a family-owned business, has opened at 2720 Towne Drive in Beavercreek. The store is located in Suite 310. MORE DETAILS
2. OPENING: SIBCO Self-Storage in Beavercreek
A new self-storage facility with climate-controlled units has opened in Beavercreeek.
SIBCO Self-Storage has opened its new 21,000-square-foot facility at 620 Phillips Drive in Beavercreek. The facility features 146 standard and climate-controlled units. READ MORE
3. OPENING: Storybrooke Cafe in Englewood
When customers walk through the doors of the Storybrooke Cafe in Englewood, they’ll sense a little hint of “storybook magic.”
The bookstore cafe, which opened at 556 S. Main St. in Englewood earlier this year, sells books for all ages, specialty beverages and treats. READ MORE
4. OPENING: Aqua-Tots in Beavercreek
A new swimming school for children is opening up in Beavercreek near the new Aldi grocery store and Hobby Lobby.
Aqua-Tots Swim Schools will open at 2451 Lakeview Drive off of North Fairfield Road on May 4 at 11 a.m. The school, which is owned by Paul and Rebecca Sinopoli, offers eight different class levels for children of varying ages and swimming abilities. READ MORE
5. CLOSING: RadioShack in Kettering, Springfield, Cincinnati
Electronics retailer RadioShack is expected to close more than 30 stores in Ohio, including local ones in Kettering, Springfield, Columbus and Cincinnati.
The chain retailer announced it was filing bankruptcy and closing about 200 f its stores and evaluating what to do with the remaining 1,300. This isn’t the first time RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy. READ MORE
6. CLOSING: Curry’s Video Plus in Miami County
One of the Miami Valley’s last independent video rental stores will soon close after competing for the past 27 years against chain stores, Red Box and streaming services.
First opening in 1990, Curry’s Video Plus in the small Miami County village of West Milton will begin a liquidation sale on Monday. READ MORE
7. CLOSING: More than 70 stores closing in Ohio
More than 3,500 stores could be closed within the year, in what some are coining the “retail apocalypse.”
Major retailers across the country have taken a hit as consumers shift their spending habits online in the age of e-commerce. In Ohio, at least 70 retail brick-and-mortar stores are set for closure, forcing thousands to look for new jobs. READ MORE
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