SW Michigan

7:03 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Garden Ridge store to move in to former Kmart location in Kalamazoo

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Houston-based company hopes to open store on Stadium Drive in late January
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The former Kmart store location at Stadium Drive and Drake Road will become the home of a Garden Ridge store by early next year. The Texas-based home-d├ęcor and accessories chain has signed a long-term lease for the 87,000-square-foot space in the University Commons retail center and started interior renovation work more than a week ago, according to property owner Treystar development company.
6:41 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Proposed Kalamazoo city budget includes fewer positions

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Spending plan includes increases in fees for recreation, sewer and water and inspections
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo city administration on Monday laid out a plan that will help the city patch a $2.9 million deficit in its proposed $179 million 2014 budget while keeping service levels largely unchanged.
6:37 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Detroit retirees await bankruptcy ruling

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Unfunded retiree health care costs make up $5.7-billion of Detroit's $18.5-billion in long term debt
Brandon, Fla.- Bill Larsen used to walk Mack Avenue on midnight patrols. Now, he walks with a cane. Marv Kammer wore plain clothes for the Detroit Police Censor Bureau, ensuring burlesque dancers didn't go too far. Now, he wears a back brace. The retired Detroit police officers gather once a month in Florida to reminisce about the past.
6:14 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Biggs-Gilmore acquired by Kansas City-based ad firm

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Top executives from Biggs-Gilmore will assume roles on executive leadership team
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Kalamazoo-based digital advertising firm Biggs|Gilmore will become part of global marketing and advertising agency VML. Kansas City-based VML is a 21-year-old company that has offices in 23 locations on six continents. It announced its acquisition of Biggs|Gilmore but terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
7:17 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Michigan Chamber says economic impact of "Right to Work" law uncertain, but says it sent right message

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Business group releases study showing economic improvement in some areas
LANSING - Michigan improved its economic competitiveness last year but still remains in the bottom half compared to other states, according to a new ranking from the state chamber. Growth in jobs, personal income and economic output helped Michigan rise to 39th most competitive out of 50 states in 2012, up from 47th in 2011, according to a study conducted by Northwood University for the Michigan Chamber Foundation.

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