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January 2014 Archives

Harris Teeter bought by Kroger Co.

Shoppers in Virginia could be affected by the merger of Harris Teeter Supermarkets after the Kroger Co. completed their purchase of the company on Jan. 17. The Federal Trade Commission did not require any of the grocery stores to be sold even in locations where the two stores are in close proximity. In some cases, the two former competitors are next door or just across the street from each other. Harris Teeter will be part of a merger as a subsidiary of Kroger.

Office equipment company announces acquisition

Ricoh, the Japanese-based company manufacturer of office equipment, has announced it is acquiring mindSHIFT from Best Buy Company, Inc., the retailer with locations in Virginia and throughout the United States. Ricoh has stated that it will use the capabilities of the acquired cloud and managed services business to expand its service capabilities. While the terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, Best Buy had purchased mindSHIFT for $167 million in a transaction that closed in January 2012.

Yelp reviews lead to court ruling

Consumers in Virginia and around the country are increasingly turning to websites such as to get opinions on various restaurants and businesses when they are deciding where to eat or shop. Although the reviews are usually posted anonymously or under screen names, they are often relied upon and given great weight. A carpet cleaning business in Alexandria, Virginia, went to court seeking the names of people who left negative reviews on the Yelp website.

Cooper Tires backs out of deal with Apollo

Virginia residents may be interested in the latest development of the potential sale of Cooper Tire to an India-based company, Apollo Tyres. Cooper announced on Dec. 30 that it is calling off the deal. The Ohio-based company said that Apollo did not have financing for the deal and that Apollo had failed to reach an agreement with Cooper's union employees. Apollo said that it is disappointed in Cooper's decision and may pursue legal action.

To stay successful, a pivot may be required

Virginia business owners may be interested in knowing what to do if they need to change the direction of their businesses. Sometimes a business may start out strong, but over time, with gained experience and changing market conditions, it may be necessary to adjust or lean the business in a slightly different direction in order to stay successful.

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