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Grandpa Eddie’s Alabama Ribs and BBQ, a West End restaurant that closed in 2011, is trying to make a comeback through a Go Fund Me account. Known for his Virginia State Championship smoked wings and peanut butter pie, owner Carey Friedman is hoping to raise enough start-up capital to re-open the company’s “Hog Wagon,” a fully-operational and mobile food truck. Donations can be made at http://gofundme.com/qgveqs Gran.dpa Eddie’s opened in 2005 in Goochland County but moved to their location on Three Chopt Road in September 2007.

San-J International to begin $38M expansion in Henrico

UPDATE: Feb. 11, 10:15 A.M. – Tamari sauce producer San-J International, Inc. will expand its Eastern Henrico operation with a $38 million investment that also will create 18 jobs, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today.

With a significant rise in customer demand for gluten-free products, the Henrico facility will increase production volumes with state-of-the-art equipment. Virginia successfully competed against Oregon for the project, which was spurred by McAuliffe's meeting with company officials in Tokyo during his Asia Marketing Mission in October.

San-Jirushi was founded by the Sato family as a tamari and miso company in 1804 in Mie, Japan. Current San-J President Takashi Sato is an eighth-generation member of the founding family. The company began brewing the first tamari from its Henrico facility in 1987, continuing the 200-year tradition of Japanese brewing mastery. The existing Henrico County plant, on Sprouse Drive near the airport, employs 55.

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Richmond 2015, the organizer of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, announced that Martin's Food Markets will join its team of major corporate partners of the nine-day cycling event that will be held in the Richmond region in September. Martin's operates 24 grocery stores in Central Virginia and will be the “Official Supermarket” of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, which is expected to attract 450,000 on-site spectators from Sept. 19-27. As part of the partnership, Martin's will produce and distribute paper grocery bags in-store featuring the UCI Road World Championships logo during February and in the months closer to the event. In addition, Martin's will produce and sell reusable grocery bags celebrating the event with net profit being donated to Richmond 2015 and promote the event in its stores.

Logistical excellence


A Henrico County venue hosted the first RVA LogistXGames Jan. 29, pitting supply chain and logistics industry employees together in a friendly competition designed to judge the teamwork, talent, efficiency and speed of participating teams as they assembled and stacked boxes, moved them through relay courses on pallets and performed other warehouse-type tasks.

The Fort Lee – Joint Strike Group won the event and claimed the “Golden Pallet.” The event was sponsored by CBRE Richmond, Liberty Property Trust, the Community College Workforce Alliance and the Virginia Port Authority. The event was held at a Liberty Property Trust facility on Eastport Boulevard in Sandston.

‘Love Local’ contest rewards shoppers for buying locally

The Retail Merchants Association and participating businesses are combining to offer local shoppers the chance to win a Valentine's Day package by shopping locally Feb. 8-14.

The "Love Local" contest will award a Sweetheart Package valued at more than $500 to one shopper who participates by visiting a participating store during the week, taking a picture and sharing it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ShopRVA. No purchase is necessary. Participants may enter only one photo per store but as many stores as they would like.

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HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ and Johnston-Willis Hospitals are now offering a new FDA-approved automated breast ultrasound system for imaging women with dense breast tissue, making them the only hospitals in Central Virginia who are offering this new screening option. The Invenia ABUS, or Automated Breast Ultrasound System, is an adjunct to mammography for asymptomatic women with dense breast tissue and no prior interventions. The system is designed to enhance the consistency, reproducibility and sensitivity of whole breast ultrasound, demonstrating a 35.7 percent improvement in cancer detection. Virginia is one of 13 states that has passed legislation mandating that screening mammography patients demonstrating greater than 50 percent breast density should be informed of their density as well as the limitation of screening with mammography alone.

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Gumenick Properties moved its headquarters this month to Libbie Mill-Midtown, a new 80-acre, mixed-use community being developed by the company. Libbie Mill-Midtown is under construction between West Broad Street and Staples Mill Road near Libbie Avenue. The community is the largest revitalization project in the history of Henrico County. Gumenick Properties will become the second organization operating from office spaces at Libbie Mill-Midtown. The first group to open an office there was the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, a regional, private health legacy foundation. The foundation moved in during autumn 2014. When complete, the community is projected to have 994 homes for sale and 1,096 apartments. Libbie Mill-Midtown also will have a total of approximately 160,000 square feet of retail space. The neighborhood is estimated to take approximately 10 years to complete.

Longtime RIR fire chief honored by NASCAR

Longtime Richmond International Raceway Fire Chief Donald “Doc” Jernigan, recently received NASCAR's Excellence in Track Services Award at the body's annual summit for safety, security and track services personnel. Jernigan was one of five officials from NASCAR's national, touring, IMSA and weekly series events to earn the award.

“Doc is dedicated to this cause and is a true leader who is highly regarded within the Richmond organization and industry as well,” said David Hoots, the managing event director for NASCAR Race Services.

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University of Richmond and Secure Futures, a solar energy developer based in Staunton, Va., have reached an agreement to install solar panels on the roof of UR’s Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness. Once complete, the 204-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array will allow the university to have the capacity to generate more than 226,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, potentially offsetting the emission of more than 344,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. That is equivalent to the average annual electricity use of 21.5 American homes, or the annual electricity needs for one campus residence hall. Installation is expected to begin in July 2015, and the panels will begin generating electricity for the university before students arrive back to campus for the 2015 school year. A PPA, or Power Purchase Agreement, is a critical financial instrument for solar energy development. Under the arrangement, Secure Futures will install, maintain and own the solar array – and its associated tax benefits – and will sell the electricity generated by the array to the University of Richmond at a set rate over a 20-year period.

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