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The Friends of Chesterfield’s Riverfront (FoCR) has merged with Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC), which will carry on the work of both organizations by stewarding the lands previously protected by FoCR. Initial discussions about a merger began in late 2013. Legal due diligence was conducted in early 2014 and the merger decision was formally made in late March 2014. Troutman Sanders LLP provided pro bono legal services for due diligence and document preparation for the merger. As part of the merger, conservation easements held by FoCR will be assigned to CRLC. The restrictions, land use limitations, and reserved rights listed in each easement will remain unchanged.

Bank donates $40k

Henrico-based Franklin Federal Savings Bank recently introduced a new initiative called “Pillars of Our Community,” through which it will donate $40,000 annually to local nonprofits. Each of the bank’s eight locations will donate $5,000 to the charity of its choosing, provide volunteer support to the organization and distribute the organization’s literature for a full year.

Saxon Shoes honored by Footwear Plus magazine


Saxon Shoes is one of the winners in Footwear Plus magazine's 15th annual Plus Awards in recognition of design and retail excellence for 2013. The Plus Awards are the footwear industry’s only awards as determined by the votes of thousands of industry members nationwide.

Winners reflect the breadth of the industry, spanning design categories like “Running,” “Women’s Comfort” and “Cowboy Boots” to online behemoths, specialty family shoe stores and trendy boutiques.

Cabela’s to open Short Pump store in 2016

UPDATE: Feb. 13, 8:14 A.M. – A major outdoor retailer today announced plans to open a giant store in Short Pump in 2016, creating an estimated 150 full- and part-time jobs.

Cabela’s Incorporated, which specializes in hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will build a 97,500-square-foot store at West Broad Marketplace near the intersection of West Broad Street and Cold Hill Lane, along Interstate 64 west of Short Pump Town Center, near Strange's Florist.

The store will be the second location for Cabela’s in Virginia, joining a store in Bristol.

St. Mary’s Family Center celebrates 25th anniversary

The St. Mary’s Hospital Family Center, which provides on-site child care services for employees, celebrated its first 25 years Jan. 25 with a party for current and former families, alumni and teachers.

“Children who we cared for as babies volunteer with us today,” said Samara Musselman, who began working at the St. Mary's Center in 1991 and today is the administrative director for all three of the Bon Secours family centers. “Bon Secours staff members who came to the center as children now leave their own children in our care. The bond we all share with the St. Mary’s Family Center is truly amazing.”

Webb named CEO of A Grace Place

The board of directors of A Grace Place Adult Care Center recently named Karen Webb as the agency’s new chief executive officer, effective last month. For more than three decades, Webb has served in executive leadership roles for nonprofit organizations at the national, regional and local level. She succeeds Lynne Seward, who retired last month after 27 years as the agency’s CEO. A Grace Place, located in Henrico County, provides specialized day programs for adults with disabilities and age-related conditions, and support for their family caregivers.

Webb served as CEO for Trident Food Service Equipment Corporation for the past nine months.

State sues Henrico hotel

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that his office has filed a lawsuit against GRM Management LLC, a Virginia limited liability company that operates the Richmond Magnuson Grand Hotel and Convention Center in Henrico County, for alleged violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and Virginia's "bait and switch" statute.

The hotel is located at 6531 West Broad Street in the Near West End.

Business in brief


The board of directors of A Grace Place Adult Care Center has named Karen Webb as the agency’s new chief executive officer. For more than three decades, Webb has served in executive leadership roles for nonprofit organizations at the national, regional, and local level. She served as CEO for Trident Food Service Equipment Corporation for the past nine months. Before that, she served as president and CEO for Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia for 19 years and held leadership positions with the University of Richmond, Traveler’s Aide of Virginia, and the American Red Cross. She succeeds Lynne Seward, who retired last month after 27 years as the agency’s CEO.

Smithfield, Martin’s donate to FeedMore

Smithfield and Martin's teamed to kick off the 10th annual “Hokies vs. ‘Hoos Food Fight” presented by Martin's by donating 40,000 pounds of protein to the FeedMore Central Virginia Food Bank last week.

A canned-food and funds competition between Virginia Tech and UVa, the Hokies vs. ‘Hoos Food Fight will collect donations at Richmond-area Martin's and local schools Feb. 3-16, as well as through the organization’s website (http://www.hokiesvshoos.com) through Feb. 18.

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