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Lacoste temporarily replaces crocodile logo with endangered species

Fashion brand Lacoste’s iconic crocodile was replaced with rare reptiles, birds and mammals for a limited run of shirts to raise awareness of endangered species.

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During Paris Fashion Week, the French clothier teamed up with the International Union for Conservation of Nature for the “Save Our Species” collection. The line of 1,775 shirts was made up of Lacoste’s signature polos, each with one of 10 endangered animals taking the place of the brand’s crocodile.

The shirts have since sold out, CNN reported.

The polos featured the Gulf of California porpoise, the Burmese roofed turtle, the northern sportive lemur, the Javan rhino, the Cao-vit Gibbon, the kakapo, the California condor, the Saola, the Sumatran Tiger and the Anegada ground iguana in place of Lacoste’s crocodile.

The number of polos made with each endangered species on it corresponds to the number of animals still living in the wild, according to Lacoste. The Gulf of California porpoise, considered the most endangered marine mammal species still on Earth, was on 30 of the shirts. The Anegada ground iguana got the most polos, with a run of 450 shirts.

JUST IN: Giordano’s Pizza, Jason’s Deli to open first Dayton-area locations

Chicago-based pizza chain Giordano’s and Texas-based Jason’s Deli have signed leases to open their first Dayton-area locations near the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, David Sheehy, a commercial real-estate broker with Anchor Associates, told this news outlet this afternoon, March 5.

Giordano’s, a deep-dish pizza specialist, will occupy 5,300 square feet of the former Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant and an addition that is being built onto it on Centre Drive near the mall, Sheehy said. Jason’s Deli will occupy 4,800 square feet. If all goes as planned, the restaurants could open by the end of the year, the commercial real-estate broker said.

» EARLIER COVERAGE: Chicago-based pizzeria Giordano’s opens first Ohio location

Giordano’s officials were impressed by the site’s proximity to Wright State University, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Beavercreek residential areas, Sheey said. The North Fairfield Road area is a strong retail corridor, said Sheehy, who also brokered two other restaurants that opened nearby: BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse and Chuy’s.

Construction, however, is still in its early stages. Jeff McGrath, planning and development director for the city of Beavercreek, said Giordano’s has not filed for any permits, and renovation of the former Logan’s has not begun.

» EARLIER COVERAGE: 4 restaurants, retailers coming to vacant Logan’s Roadhouse

Developers indicated last October that they were looking to build an addition and renovate the vacant Logan’s Roadhouse to bring in multiple new restaurants and retailers to the area near the Mall at Fairfield Commons. 

Logan’s Roadhouse shut down its restaurant at the site in September 2016. Employees were told high rent and the upcoming renegotiation of a lease were factors in the decision to close the Beavercreek location.

»Logan’s Roadhouse shuts down its Beavercreek restaurant

The Giordano’s pizza chain opened its first Ohio location last summer in the Polaris Center in Columbus. Launched in Chicago in 1974, Giordano’s has been named “Chicago’s Best Pizza” by NBC, CBS Chicago, the New York Times, Chicago Magazine,and the Chicago Tribune.

Jason's Deli is a fast-casual restaurant chain headquartered in Beaumont, Texas. The chain already has locations in Columbus and Cincinnati. Jason’s serves up deli sandwiches, vegetarian items and it also has a gluten-sensitive menu. Customers can also purchase catering orders for delivery.

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Best Buy to close all 257 mobile stores

In 2006, Best Buy began opening small “Best Buy Mobile” stores across the country, typically in shopping malls. A year later, the iPhone made its debut.

These stores specialized in the sale and service of cell phones and other small devices. At one time, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Best Buy operated more than 400 of these stores.

But now the Richfield, Minnesota-based retailer is closing all 257 of its remaining mobile stores. A memo was sent to employees Feb. 28, and the company notified the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.

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The company will close all of the mobile stores by May 31.

The company’s CEO Hubert Joly said on an earnings call that the stores were closing due to “changing economics in the mobile industry,” Dayton Daily News reported.

“Back then the mobile phone business was in a period of rapid growth and margins were high,” Joly said, according to the Dayton Daily News. “Fast forward to 2018 and the mobile phone business has matured, margins have compressed and the cost of operations in our stand-alone stores is higher than our big-box stores.”

All of the company’s “Best Buy Mobile” stores are in shopping malls and measure about 1,400 square feet. A regular Best Buy store covers about 40,000 square feet.

According to the Star Tribune, employees who work at the mobile stores will be offered severance. Joly also said the company will work to transfer as many employees as possible to nearby stores or to other roles.

Amazon considers offering checking account

Officials with e-commerce giant Amazon are in talks with big banks to build a checking account-like product, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

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The newspaper reported Monday that the Seattle-based company is working on a product that would appeal to younger customers and those without bank accounts. Among the companies Amazon officials are speaking with is JP Morgan Chase & Co., according to the newspaper.

People familiar with the matter, who were not identified, told The Wall Street Journal that the effort is still in its early stages and may not come to fruition.

Whatever its final form, the initiative wouldn't involve Amazon becoming a bank, the people added.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

UPDATE: Local pizza restaurant to shut down after more than 40 years

A restaurant that has operated for more than four decades in Beavercreek will shut its doors this summer. 

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“We want to thank you for allowing us to be a part of your family and for over 40 years of memories,” the owners of Rocky’s Pizza Ring in the Beaver Valley Shopping Center said on its Facebook page Sunday night.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce Rocky’s will be closing on Saturday, June 30, 2018.”

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The restaurant is nestled in the rear of the shopping center at U.S. 35 and North Fairfield Road. The center has struggled in recent yearsd and suffered a major blow when anchor Lofino’s Marketplace shut its doors in May 2015.

When a Facebook reader asked whether the owners had contemplated selling the business of letting someone else take over, the owners replied that they had tried to do just that. “Listed it for sale a year or more ago — no one is interested,” the owners said.

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Facebook commenters expressed their grief over the announcement and promised to come in and order pizza before the closure happens.

“Definitely a hidden gem in Beavercreek,” one commenter said.

“That makes me so so sad. We will miss you so much,” another commenter said. “You’ve been part of our family for so many years! Hate to see a Beavercreek tradition go.”

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The restaurant has had two sets of family ownership since it opened in the early 1970s.

Brian and Sharon Baltzer opened Rocky’s Pizza Ring’s doors, and current owner Amy Calcutta’s parents purchased it in 1989.

“I had never even heard of the place,” Amy Calcutta told this news outlet in 2016. “My father worked for Dayton Medical Oxygen and got laid off. I didn’t even know he had the desire to be a pizza place owner/operator. My parents had eaten here a couple times and then, all of a sudden, they came home and said ‘We just bought a pizza place.’” she recalled.

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After 21 years, Calcutta’s parents decided to retire, and decided to leave her previous career of managing medical practices and take over the pizza restaurant.

But the grocery store’s closure dealt the pizza restaurant a body blow.

“It’s definitely harder,” Calcutta said in the 2016 interview. “In addition to the shopping center not having a huge draw anymore, you pass so many new restaurants and every place that opens makes pizza. But there’s a lot of pride that goes into (my) food. I wouldn’t make everything from scratch if I didn’t think it would be the best that I could offer.”

Company working on bulletproof doors in wake of school shootings

A South Carolina company is trying a new way to protect against deadly school shootings.

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R2P Innovations has been working on bulletproof doors for the past four years.

>> Walmart raising age to buy guns to 21 after Florida high school shooting

The doors are capable of withstanding assault rifles and high-power, military-grade weapons.

Tony Deering, the company's CEO, said the door would be a lasting contribution to school security.

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“Some instances, the shooter was actually outside of the classroom shooting into the classrooms through the door,” Deering said about the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida. "That would have never occurred in an instance where a particular door solution was employed."

Each door costs roughly $4,000 and weighs 285 pounds.

Equifax identifies 2.4 million who were hacked 

Equifax has identified about 2.4 million Americans whose driver’s license numbers were stolen during last year’s massive data breach and will be sending them letters to alert them.

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The Atlanta-based company said the hackers did not get access to those consumers’ names, addresses and Social Security numbers or even dates of issuance and expiration, only “partial” information. However, investigators hired by Equifax have been able to put names on the numbers.

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L.L. Bean raises age to buy rifles to 21

L.L. Bean is the latest retailer to change its policy regarding the sale of rifles, the company said in a tweet late Thursday.

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On its Twitter feed, L.L. Bean posted that in the wake of the Parkland shooting on Feb. 14, “we have reviewed our policy on firearm sales, and we will no longer be selling guns or ammunition to anyone under the age of 21.” 

>> Dick’s Sporting Goods to stop selling assault-style rifles

L.L. Bean’s move follows those by Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart, which changed their gun-selling policies after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 left 17 people dead, including 14 students.

Company spokeswoman Carolyn Beem said L.L. Bean only sells firearms at its flagship store in Freeport, Maine, and only those used for hunting and target shooting, according to The Associated Press. 

>> Walmart raising age to buy guns to 21 

L.L. Bean’s announcement follows moves by other major corporations that have cut ties with the National Rifle Association since the shooting in Parkland, including Delta Air Lines, Hertz and MetLife.

Kroger raises gun buying age to 21 at its Fred Meyer stores, report says

Officials with the supermarket chain Kroger announced Thursday that the company’s Fred Meyer locations will stop selling guns to people under the age of 21, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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The retailer is third to announce the decision to tighten its gun purchase policies in the wake of a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that claimed the lives of 14 students and three staff members.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Kroger sells firearms at 43 Fred Meyer stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The company previously sold assault-style rifles in three states – Oregon, Washington and Idaho – but stopped several years ago, the newspaper reported.

A spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal that the company decided Wednesday “to no longer sell those style of guns or special orders for them in Alaska.”

>> Related: Dick’s Sporting Goods to stop selling assault-style rifles 

Officials with Dick's Sporting Goods, one of the nation's largest sports retailers, announced Wednesday that the company would no longer sell assault-style rifles or high-capacity magazines at any of its stores. The company also raised its minimum gun purchase age to 21.

>> Related: Walmart raising age to buy guns to 21 after Florida high school shooting

Officials with retail giant Walmart, one of the nation's largest sellers of guns and ammunition, also announced Wednesday that the company is raising the age to buy firearms in its stores to 21. The retailer had stopped selling assault-style rifles in 2015, according to officials.

>> Related: FedEx responds to criticism of continued association with NRA

The policy changes come amid a renewed national gun debate in light of the deadly shooting at Stoneman Douglas High. Officials said suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz, 19, legally bought the AR-15 rifle he used to gun down students and staff members at his former alma mater. He faces 17 counts of premeditated murder in the attack.

Want a free burrito? Here’s how to get BOGO Chipotle at local stores this week

Show your team spirit at local Chipotle stores on Friday, and you’ll get buy one, get one free burritos.

For #HockeyJerseyDay, Chipotle is offering a special deal for hockey fans. Rock your favorite hockey jersey on March 2 from 10:45am to 10 p.m. and get a buy-one, get-one free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos in honor of USA Hockey’s Hockey Weekend Across America.

» TRENDING BUSINESS NEWS: Chipotle testing new ‘trendy’ menu option

The offer is valid from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday at participating Chipotle locations.

The deal cannot be combined with other coupons, promotions, or special offers. A Chipotle spokesman told this news organization that all local stores will be participating.


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