Monday, November 14, 2011
The sleeping enemy of your economy
Your number one job competitor doesn't have brown hair or a degree in engineering. Your nemesis may not have fingers, a personality, or even an interview for the position you want. In the eyes of many companies today, the new winning candidate is someone you can never beat: a computer. I recently read an article by Arnold Kling in The American Magazine in which he proclaims that as technology and computer intelligence improve, “more occupations are put at risk.” I'm inclined to agree with him, but I want to go one step further. Business owners are the most important players in the economy, and whether or not they are hiring affects us all. What if there was an established social responsibility of businesses to create and hold jobs for …
Thursday, June 30, 2011
New owner reopens renovated Manassas movie theater.
Manassas Cinemas is out, Manassas 4 Cinemas is in. The 8890 Mathis Ave. site lost Manassas Cinemas nearly one year ago when it closed. On May 20, a newly renovated and refurbished movie theater, Manassas 4 Cinemas, reopened at the same location under new owner Kiran (Bunny) Khorana, a native of Mumbai, India and Centreville resident. Khorana was raised by his brother-in-law, a Bollywood actor, producer and director. Khorana, who also has been involved in the North American T-shirt business for 22 years, opened a theater in 2005 in Temple Mills, Md., and saw an opportunity to open a second theater. Khorana signed the lease in January and hired a staff of 15 workers within four months. “People told me the place was a mess,” Khorana said. “…
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Patch reader asks question, we get clues.
Sometimes appearances can be everything. Patch reader Jerry Reh drove by Wu's Garden, once located on Mathis Avenue at the Manassas Shopping Center, and noticed the signs were down and construction happening. The curiosity also extended to internet message boards. It looks like national pizza chain Little Caesars is moving in. The company's Facebook page announced May 31 it's moving into the Mathis Avenue site soon, listing the same address. Stonewall Jackson's student jobs page says the target date for opening is June 14. Phone calls to both Wu's Garden and Little Caesars Manassas are met with an indefinite dial tone.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Hastings Marketplace, the local shopping center anchored by Harris Teeter, has been purchased by regional developer Black Oak Associates.
The Hastings Marketplace shopping center in Manassas, featuring Harris Teeter, now has new owners. Black Oak Associates, a regional retail developer and investor based in Owings Mills, Md., purchased the shopping center March 4 and was “up and running” on the first day of ownership, said Black Oak partner Dara Hewat. According to the Washington Post, McLean-based firm Rappaport took over the management and leasing responsibility in Sept. 2009 after Rockville-based developer Opus East LLC filed for Chapter 7 liquidation and handed the keys back to the lender U.S. Bank. Opus East is a subsidiary of the Minnesota-based Optus Group “We've been following this property for over a year,” Hewat said. “We started following it very closely when the…