Business in brief
Zaxby’s recently announced its multi-unit development agreement with Hoozax Foods, Inc. to open 32 Zaxby’s restaurants in the Norfolk and Richmond areas within the next seven years. The partnership will make Hoozax Foods, Inc. one of Zaxby’s largest franchisees. A southeast favorite for chicken fingers and buffalo wings, Zaxby’s features a quick-casual format providing services and amenities that fall somewhere between fast food and a sit-down restaurant. The chain operates more than 550 locations in 12 states; there are currently three locations in Virginia - Roanoke, Salem and Williamsburg. Of the 32, 15 restaurants are planned for Richmond.
Peter Trauernicht has joined Gavin Law Offices, PLC, located in western Henrico. Trauernicht graduated earlier this year from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, where he focused on intellectual property. He received his bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia in 2009. Trauernicht will assist with Gavin Law Offices’ newly formed Enterprise Division.
For the first time in the last three quarters, CEOs in central Virginia feel pessimistic about projected sales, capital spending and employment growth, according to the 2nd quarter CEO Economic Outlook Survey. Top executives of small and mid-sized companies participating in the survey anticipate slow growth during the next six months, with only 50 percent saying they would increase staff, down from 58.1 percent last quarter. The results show that 14.4 percent of CEOs now expect decreased sales during the next two quarters, 4.3 percent more than last quarter. The Virginia Council of CEOs and University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business jointly conduct the quarterly survey; responses from 90 business owners and CEOs in central Virginia were collected.
Glen Allen based Mead & Hunt, Inc. recently acquired Barnard Dunkelberg & Company, a firm with offices in Tulsa and Denver. Both companies provide aviation planning and environmental services. Combined, the two firms employ about 450 employees from more than 20 offices in 15 states.
John B. Catlett has been elected incoming chairman of the St. Joseph’s Villa Board of Trustees. Catlett, a shareholder at the law firm Sands Anderson, PC, is a long-time trustee of the Villa and has served as chairman of the development committee and as an active member of the Golf Tournament Committee. As chairman, Catlett will be responsible for leading St. Joseph’s Villa in the implementation of its new strategic plan, now that renovations of the historic 82 acre campus are complete. He succeeds John C. Gentry as chairman. His term will begin July 1.
Barbara Dyke, an executive assistant at Capitol Financial Solutions in Henrico, recently was recognized for 15 years of service and for her passionate volunteerism with Moss on the James, an organization focused on assisting charities and fostering an appreciation of the art of P. Buckley Moss. Currently serving as president of Moss on the James, Dyke is focusing on expanding missions and growing the membership. The organization has supported existing programs including the Massey Cancer Center, Noah’s Children, The Riverside School and the Ronald McDonald House.
Jim Debiec, vice president of operations and asset management for Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), has announced his retirement effective July 6 after 22 years with the not-for-profit wholesale electric generation-and-transmission provider. Debiec began his cooperative career in 1978. He joined ODEC in 1990 as project engineer for the Clover Power Station in Halifax, Va., and in 1999, Debiec became director of power production responsible for the oversight of both Clover and North Anna Power Stations and the design and construction of ODEC’s Rock Springs, Louisa, and Marsh Run Combustion Turbine generating stations. He has worked out of ODEC headquarters in Glen Allen for the past 13 years.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.
The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.
The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.
Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.
But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.
That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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CalendarThe Alzheimer’s Association will offer the program “Building Your Skills as a Caregiver: Dressing, Bathing, Nutrition and Communication” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4600 Cox Rd. Cost is… Full text