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G-BizBuzz™: Sand Fork Diner

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A new eatery in Sand Fork, WV is getting quite the welcome from the community.

The new Sand Fork Diner on WV Highway 5 opened April 1st of this year, and a lot of people who have come out to the restaurant say they are glad to see another place to eat pop up.

Throughout the day people come to the Diner to grab a bite to eat inside or carryout. The community has been waiting for a place to dine and many say the wait was worth it to get something different and great.

“I moved to Sand Fork about a year ago from Charleston, and so it’s awesome to see that a town the size of Sand Fork can have some opportunities for some restaurants that are known to bigger cities,” said a customer.

The want to open a restaurant came from the couple, Ben and Shannon Donaldson already having an existing business with a deli inside.

Since they live in Sand Fork, it was easier for them to open something closer to home and where there was a need for business activity.

The restaurant is in the heart of the city, and an easy stop for families to pick up something to eat when they get off work.

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Timing is right with it being summer time, people go out to eat more.

“It’s a lot more convenient and faster,” said a resident.

She added something different is a plus.

“We eat the same thing all the time and it gets boring sometimes so variety is always good.”

Some Glenville State College students, say they are in the same boat and go out to eat all the time.

“This is another one [restaurant] college students can enjoy,” said Johnny, a student.

He said he is glad this option is now offered very close to the college.

Ashley, who is also a student at GSC, said there are several choices in Gilmer County so another option is always good.

In the short two months that the restaurant has been open, Ben and Shannon Donaldson have had many compliments on not only the food, but the want for something outside of Glenville for shorter drives.

The couple will continuously be adding new items all the time and will be looking to add delivery service in the near future.

They are always looking for new food ideas and suggestions, so feel free to let them know what you think.

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G-BizBuzz™: Gassaway Facemire Foodland Closing

The Facemire Foodland in Gassaway will be closing the store Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Instead a Shoppers Value Foods will be opening on February 22, 2016.

Currently the deli department is closed at this Foodland.

The reason for closing the store on February 13th is for renovation.

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G-Eye™: Ronald McDonald Visits Glenville

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G-Eye™: Log Cabin Crafts

Log Cabin Crafts Christmas Open House Saturday November 28, 2015
6413 US HWY 33 WEST, Glenville, WV 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.‏

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G-Eye™: Fairgound Drive

Glenville WV Napa Parts Store Signs under Construction
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G-BizBuzz™: Corner Stone Cafe

Corner Stone Cafe on Main Street in Glenville, WV
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G-BizBuzz™: Kroger

One grocery store’s incredible success should scare Walmart, Whole Foods, and McDonald’s
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Kroger is much more than a grocery chain — it’s a company with the ability to steal business from Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, and even McDonald’s.

This week at the company’s investor conference, Kroger revealed it reached $11 billion in organic and natural product sales in the past year.

That’s nearing the biggest name in the organics business, Whole Foods, which had a total of $14 billion in sales last year.

“We got [to $11 billion in sales] because our customers lead us there,” Kroger spokesperson Keith Dailey told Business Insider. “We worked very hard to shift our product selection to meet that need, and in some cases to be ahead of that need. In our view, Kroger helped to move natural and organic to the mainstream by making products more affordable and accessible in our stores.”

Kroger is expected to surpass Whole Foods to become the nation’s top seller of organic and natural foods within two years, according to a recent report by JPMorgan Chase. Simple Truth, the company’s natural and organic brand launched in 2012, is reportedly the largest organic brand in the country. 

However, Kroger’s growth goes beyond building organic brands.

In September, the chain announced it had reached 47 consecutive quarters of positive same-supermarket sales growth (excluding fuel). In the second quarter, Kroger’s same-store sales were up 5.7%.

While Kroger has built an organic empire in just a few years, it balances Simple Truth with brands like “P$$T” and Heritage Farm for shoppers on a budget.

These different lines appeal to both customers seeking deals as well as those focused on quality — and recognizes that, on an item-by-item basis, these customers can be one and the same.

“[Having clearly segmented ranges] allows customers to see different parts of the Kroger offering and select the ones that are right for them — whether they be focused on health, indulgence, or value,” Neil Saunders, managing director of retail-research agency and consulting firm Conlumino, told Business Insider. “As long as it keeps the various brands distinct, it should continue to do well in catering to multiple audiences.”

The philosophy that has shaped this multipronged approach to business is an intense focus on customer demands.

“Everything for Kroger begins and ends with customers first,” says Dailey, who reports the company adopted the ideology when it became clear in the late ‘90s its aggressive growth would not be sustainable unless something changed. “It was very much in response to a changing world of food retail.”

Responding rapidly to customer demand means constant innovation beyond what products appear on stores’ shelves.

As the products within a Kroger evolve, the appearance of a traditional storefront is also evolving. Smaller, convenience-focused stores have been adapting layouts over the past year to increase fresh produce and food-service offerings — an area of growth that is already attracting customers who would otherwise go to chain restaurants, according to industry consulting firm Technomic.

In other words — look out, McDonald’s.

Most new Kroger locations contain a Marketplace, which sells various home goods and other items shoppers may need around the house in addition to groceries.

Increasingly, these locations stock Kroger’s lines of clothing and shoes, as shoppers seek the one-stop shopping experience found at brands such as Walmart and Target.

“It makes sense for Kroger to selectively add categories in order to generate incremental revenue, especially as many of these products have much higher margins than in food,” says Saunders.

A final reinvention less likely to affect most shoppers, but sure to make Whole Foods wary, is that of the recently opened Kroger concept store near headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. Echoing the bar/grocery mashup popularized by Whole Foods, this upscale location features a growler bar with craft beer and a wine bar.

Ultimately, competitors should be scared of Kroger because of the company’s refusal to focus on just one area of growth.

The chain doesn’t sell only upscale products, as it commits fully to the tiered-pricing model. Nor does it function purely as a grocery store.

Instead, it continues to grow through ongoing willingness to pivot and change, adding new platforms and items as customers demand them.

For other retail companies, that range should be terrifying.

G-BizBuzz™: Tudor’s Grand Opening

Tudor’s Biscuit World Grand Opening in Glenville, WV - 10.19.15
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G-BizBuzz™: Tudor’s to Open on October 19, 2015 in Glenville

Tudor’s Biscuit World Restaurant is Scheduled to Open on October 19, 2015 in Hay City area of Glenville, WV.
Katrina Rhodes will be the manager at Tudor’s.
The Restaurant Is Taking Applications for Employment.

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G-BizBuzz™: UHC Celebrates a Milestone and Introduces New Logo

Five Years, Many Lives Touched
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Bridgeport, WV — United Hospital Center today celebrates the fifth year anniversary of its Bridgeport campus with the unveiling of a new logo by Adelle Thrush; who was the first patient at the new UHC when it opened. 

The 692,000 square foot, eight-level structure opened October 03, 2010.  Its patient-centered design, 292 private rooms and an array of state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient technologies offers services you would otherwise only find in a larger city. 

“Our mission from the day we opened our doors was to provide advanced healthcare in a setting that puts both the patient and visitor at ease,” explained Mike Tillman, CEO at UHC. “I am very pleased to say that in these past five years we have touched the lives of many North Central West Virginians and we will help even more over the next five years and beyond.”

In recognition of this anniversary, UHC is unveiling a new logo, consistent with the movement of its partner, West Virginia United Health System (WVUHS), with whom UHC has been affiliated with since the inception of the system in 1997.

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Thrush will unveil the new logo that will be phased in over the next few months.  “This moment is very special to me,” Thrush said.  “I am honored that UHC asked me to play such a significant role in its history.”

“WVU Medicine is more than just integrating the hospitals and clinics under a common logo or clinical brand.  It’s more than just integrating the infrastructure of modern healthcare systems such as IT and common financial platforms, operational standards or goal setting activity,” said Christopher C. Colenda, MD, MPH, the President and CEO, West Virginia United Health System. “WVU Medicine is our collective promise to deliver the highest quality care to all patients who choose us when they need help to restore health and wellbeing.  WVU Medicine - United Hospital Center as a founding member of our health system, represents that promise for patients now and into the future.“

“As WVU medicine matures as an integrated system, coordination of clinical services will enable patients to receive top notch health care in this region and easy transfer when advanced tertiary services are required,” said Tillman.  “The relationship of the system and UHC has been remarkably successful—WVUHS provides care for more than 70 percent of the population of North Central West Virginia—with the primary mission to provide great care to the people of our state.”

G-BizBuzz™: COMPLETION OF SPONSORSHIP TRANSFER

ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL, UNITED HOSPITAL CENTER AND WEST VIRGINIA UNITED HEALTH SYSTEM ANNOUNCE COMPLETION OF SPONSORSHIP TRANSFER

BUCKHANNON, WV—St. Joseph’s Hospital, United Hospital Center (UHC) and West Virginia United Health System (WVUHS) officially announced the transfer of sponsorship of St. Joseph’s Hospital from the Pallottine Missionary Sisters to UHC is now complete. WVUHS is the parent corporation for UHC, Camden Clark Medical Center, Ruby Memorial Hospital and several other hospitals in West Virginia and through this transaction UHC will become the parent corporation for St. Joseph’s Hospital.

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Christopher Colenda, MD, MPH, President and CEO of WVUHS, Sue Johnson-Phillippe,
President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Michael Tillman, President of UHC.


The driving force behind the transaction is to continue to deliver the highest quality care in the Buckhannon region with easy and coordinated transfer of care when more specialized care is needed. By joining forces with UHC and WVU Medicine, St. Joseph’s Hospital can ensure its long-term sus-tainability for the community. St. Joseph’s services will continue without interruption and staff at the hospital will remain in place.

“The Pallottine Missionary Sisters have worked for more than 94 years to make St. Joseph’s Hospital what it is today, and this transfer will allow that legacy to continue,” stated Sue Johnson-Phillippe, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital.

“We are pleased to welcome the staff and physicians of St Joseph’s Hospital to the UHC WVU Medicine family,” said Michael Tillman, President of UHC. “We see great opportunities for us to col-laborate and build on St. Joseph’s legacy of excellent, compassionate care. We are already working to expand the Family Practice residency at UHC to prepare tomorrow’s doctors.”

“As the state’s largest healthcare system, our mission is to work to improve healthcare throughout West Virginia,” said Christopher Colenda, MD, MPH, President and CEO of WVUHS. “St. Joseph’s continued success is crucial to maintaining access to needed health care services in Buckhannon and central West Virginia. By becoming a member of the WVU Medicine family of hospitals and clinics, patients who choose St. Joseph’s Hospital will also have easier access to all of the clinical resources available through WVU Medicine.”

G-BizBuzz™: Tudors Bisquit World Restaurant in Glenville

Work on the drive thru for the new Tudors Bisquit World Restaurant on 07.31.15
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