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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

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GRAND RAPIDS — The announcement yesterday that Family Christian Stores plans to close all 240 of its stores in 36 states sent shockwaves through an already struggling industry.

Plumb Inc., a Muskegon-based grocery chain, has ceased all operations, according to a letter sent to MiBiz.

GRAND RAPIDS — Citing concerns over widespread inequality, economic development stakeholders want to improve their outreach to the growing Latino population in the greater Grand Rapids area.

When it comes to economic development efforts in Michigan, practitioners and policymakers say it’s important to legislate the tools to attract and retain companies, not individual projects.

More than a decade into the “Envision Ada” planning process, stakeholders can now see construction activity on new mixed-use buildings they hope will attract new retailers, restaurants and residents to the village.

Sporting goods retailer MC Sports might need a Hail Mary pass right about now.

MC Sports, a Grand Rapids-based sporting goods retailer operating in seven Midwest states, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Fast food and casual restaurant operator Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. (OTCQX: MHGU) said yesterday it has initiated a string of acquisitions that will continue to grow its operations. 

Against the backdrop of business leaders increasingly voicing concerns about a lack of downtown parking, the city of Grand Rapids plans to increase parking capacity with the construction of a new lot.

The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority board this morning agreed to provide tax increment financing to support a mixed-use hotel development in the core downtown business district.

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