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Just a few of the news stories you'll find in our upcoming issues:

bullet Two new tenants are moving into a London Road strip center.

bullet The new owner of the former Seahorse Inn has received a loan from the Regional Business Fund.

bullet Another parcel is expected to be sold in River Prairie.

These stories and more news about business in Eau Claire and the surrounding area coming in future issues of The Bottom Line, West Central Wisconsin's ONLY weekly business publication.

arrow Happy Independence Day!!

There will be NO ISSUE of The Bottom Line: July 1, 2016 due to 4th of July week.

Ropa Publishing Company wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable Independence Day!

Our next issue will be July 8, 2016.

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 News Flash

Security Financial buys Bernicke building

Durand-based Security Financial Bank will be acquiring the soon-to-be former Bernicke & Associates building at 4813 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire. The transaction will close at the end of this mon...
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Pekol sells Chippewa Valley Airport Service

Dan Pekol, who has owned Chippewa Valley Airport Service since April, 2007, has sold the business to Richmond, VA-based Groome Transportation, effective April 30, 2016. "They acquired us the Duluth S...
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 Business Bits
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McDonald’s on Craig Road gets makeover

McDonald's, 2702 Craig Rd., Eau Claire, has been demolished recently and will be undergoing a complete makeover, according to Owner/Operator Rick Lommen of the Onalaska, WI-based Courtesy Corporation.

New facility for Moms opens this week

Moms are known for putting themselves last, but a new fitness facility opening in Eau Claire this week at 3529 Gateway Drive aims to change that concept. The Burn Boot Camp method utilizes three essential elements: Short, intense, highly-effective workouts; nutrition guidance; and motivational counseling.

Commission approves two-tenant facility

The City of Eau Claire Plan Commission recently approved a site plan for a 5,313-square-foot building at 4260 Southtowne Drive. The new facility will include the existing RE/MAX Affiliates office and a new business called Southtowne Pub.

Smiling Moose Deli sold to new owners

Smiling Moose Deli, 329 Riverfront Terrace, Eau Claire, is now under new ownership by a couple who run three North Dakota locations of the franchise. Liza McLean and Nathan Everson also hope to open additional locations of the deli in the coming years in other Midwestern locations.



 Editorial

Payday Loan Places

I was driving by London Road last week when I saw a number of people picketing outside of one of those payday loan places. I didn't realize it at the time, but the high-interest lenders' business model relies on borrorowers' inability to repay an initial small-dollar loan and trapping consumers in a spiral of growing debt. In fa... Read more.

Professional Athletes & Random Thoughts

Professional golfer Phil Mickelson was fined about $930,000 after he purchased 200,240 shares of Dean Foods. A week later Dean Foods announced a spinoff of one of its businesses and the stock shot up 40 percent. Mickelson made $931,000 on the transaction. However, since Mickelson, known fondly as "lefty" on the PGA Tour, did not... Read more.

Donald Trump

I am not sure what to do about Donald Trump. The presumptive Republican Party nominee for president who boasts about his business skills and Wharton education insists they'd translate into a brilliant and effective public policy. But voters who cite the economy as their biggest concern have helped propel the billionaire business... Read more.