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low down GET OUR LOWEST PRICES EVER! on select items the ECRWSS Local Postal Customer See Our Ad On Page 6 & 7 Paper. News Good our Y www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on June 7, 2014 June 7, 2014 Volume 15, Ver. 23 Moody on The Market M oody RENAISSANCE ATHLETIC CLUB Fitness Through Community Pat D eclining sales and lower second quarter profits led to the announcement in April that Family Dollar would be closing 370 of its more than 8,100 stores across the United States , and the Stevensville loca-tion is one of them. Huge “Closing” banners have been erected at the Village Square store located at 2638 W. John Beers Road in Stevensville, and clearance sales are underway for the remaining mer-chandise there. According to store employees at that location, the final day of operations there will be July 19, 2014 and they have been instructed to have the building cleared by August 1st. Howard Levine is Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar. He said in mid-April, “Our second quarter results did not meet our expectations.” He cited higher than expected promotional costs and more financially constrained consumers during the 2013 holiday season along with severe winter weather for the disappointing results. After looking at the numbers, the company initiated an in-depth business review to identify opportunities to increase operational efficien-cies. Levine said, “While this business review is ongoing, we are taking immediate, strategic actions to improve our performance. First, we have made a significant investment to lower prices on about 1,000 basic items. Second, we are reducing our cost structure through the optimization of our workforce. Third, we will close approximately 370 underper-forming stores.” At the time of the announcement, Family Dollar did not release a list of the stores tar-geted for closure, but did point out that they were generally older stores delivering only about half of the average annual sales volume per store of $650,000.00. While Stevensville gets the axe, there are eight other Family Dollar Stores that will not be impacted by the closures at this time. They include two stores on M-139 in Benton Harbor , one each on Riverview Drive and Pipestone in Benton Harbor, one on Niles Avenue in St. Joseph , and additional stores in Berrien Springs, Coloma, and Hartford . Levine says that, “New stores have always delivered the highest return on investment for Family Dollar, but as our operating margin has contracted and our capital investment has increased, our return on investment trends have been pres-sured.” As a result, plans have been scaled back to open 350 to 400 new stores in fiscal 2015 from an original plan of 525 new stores. The EconoLodge brand is about to re-emerge onto the local lodging circuit thanks to the sale of an idle motel in Southtown St. Joseph. Karuna Patel of Nashville, Tennessee has acquired the former St. Joseph Inn at 2723 Niles Avenue alongside Dunkin’ Donuts and across Niles from Chivo’s Pizza in the Southtown Business District and has rallied a renovation team to continue the upgrade process that had begun before the property was closed last year. The property has flown several “flags” over the course of the years from Best Western to EconoLodge to independent operation as in the case of the St.Joseph Inn. Decades ago, as GIVE US 90 DAYS TO BUILD A NEW YOU STARTING AT $ 222 We promise that you and your body will feel like new. Starting at just $222, you get all that RAC has to offer: • Variety of Group Classes • Personal Training • Child Care Learning & Activity Center • State-of-the-Art Equipment • Lap Pool • Turf Training Field TRANSFORM OFFER ENDS JUNE 30 racbh.com | 269.927.1129 | 501 Graham Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Inserts & Promotions MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 email: publisher@farahead.com WWW&#0e;-AIL-AX/NLINE&#0e;COMsWWW&#0e;FACEBOOK&#0e;COM&#0f;E-AIL-AX s(ARDINGS&RIENDLY-ARKETS s-ARTINS3UPER-ARKET s!CE(ARDWARE s0ATER4RUE6ALUEs#OUNTRY+ITCHEN s4RACTOR3UPPLY )NSERTSMAYVARYBY:IP#ODE Continued on page 10

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Declining sales and lower second quarter profits led to the announcement in April that Family Dollar would be closing 370 of its more than 8,100 stores across the United States, and the Stevensville location is one of them. Huge “Closing” banners have been erected at the Village Square store located at 2638 W. John Beers Road in Stevensville, and clearance sales are underway for the remaining merchandise there. According to store employees at that location, the final day of operations there will be July 19, 2014 and they have been instructed to have the building cleared by August 1st. Howard Levine is Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar. He said in mid-April, “Our second quarter results did not meet our expectations.” He cited higher than expected promotional costs and more financially constrained consumers during the 2013 holiday season along with severe winter weather for the disappointing results. After looking at the numbers, the company initiated an in-depth business review to identify opportunities to increase operational efficiencies. Levine said, “While this business review is ongoing, we are taking immediate, strategic actions to improve our performance. First, we have made a significant investment to lower prices on about 1,000 basic items. Second, we are reducing our cost structure through the optimization of our workforce. Third, we will close approximately 370 underperforming stores.” At the time of the announcement, Family Dollar did not release a list of the stores targeted for closure, but did point out that they were generally older stores delivering only about half of the average annual sales volume per store of $650,000.00. While Stevensville gets the axe, there are eight other Family Dollar Stores that will not be impacted by the closures at this time. They include two stores on M-139 in Benton Harbor, one each on Riverview Drive and Pipestone in Benton Harbor, one on Niles Avenue in St. Joseph, and additional stores in Berrien Springs, Coloma, and Hartford. Levine says that, “New stores have always delivered the highest return on investment for Family Dollar, but as our operating margin has contracted and our capital investment has increased, our return on investment trends have been pressured.” As a result, plans have been scaled back to open 350 to 400 new stores in fiscal 2015 from an original plan of 525 new stores.<br /> <br /> The EconoLodge brand is about to re-emerge onto the local lodging circuit thanks to the sale of an idle motel in Southtown St. Joseph. Karuna Patel of Nashville, Tennessee has acquired the former St. Joseph Inn at 2723 Niles Avenue alongside Dunkin’ Donuts and across Niles from Chivo’s Pizza in the Southtown Business District and has rallied a renovation team to continue the upgrade process that had begun before the property was closed last year. The property has flown several “flags” over the course of the years from Best Western to EconoLodge to independent operation as in the case of the St.Joseph Inn. Decades ago, as the Golden Link Lodge...a Best Western property... the motel thrived with a steady stream of overnight guests packing the place to capacity. It was not well maintained in later years and at one time was actually closed down by inspection teams from the City of St. Joseph. Several renovation attempts have stopped and started, and Patel’s crew is working hard to get the entire facility up and running once again. At the end of May, the motel had less than half of its rooms ready for occupancy. Currently fifteen of the thirty-six rooms are available for guests, while the remainder continue to undergo the upgrades. New bedding has been arriving daily and is being put into place to get ready for the busy summer tourist season. The deal by Patel to acquire the property was inked in late May, and a new banner proclaiming “Now Open -- Under New Management” has been erected. The lobby office has undergone a considerable makeover and the renovation process is continuing daily. A large outdoor pool at the center of the motor-court remains covered and out-of-service for now, but Patel’s crew is working to garner city approval to proceed with re-opening of that amenity. Patel purchased not only the motel, but the two-story home behind it, and a single story structure behind that. He plans to seek approval from the city to convert that second, single- story structure into a small conference center and meeting space capable of handling groups of 25 to 30 people for business meetings, family reunions, or other such gatherings. If successful with that venture, he hopes to have the meeting facility ready by August or September. The EconoLodge name will return to the building with new signage coming soon, and reservations can be made by calling 269- 982-3333.<br /> <br /> The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the unofficial start to summer all across the nation. As we all pulled out the backyard grill to dust it off and fire it up, a Coloma couple used the holiday to officially welcome hungry travelers to their new restaurant in downtown Coloma. It’s all perfectly aligned inasmuch as Maira & Federico Santana named their new eatery El Asadero...Spanish for “grill.” The Santana family actually fired up their grill in the heart of Coloma Country earlier this year in March, but reserved their special ribbon cutting welcome for the Memorial Day weekend, when grills everywhere get some special love and attention. El Asadero features authentic Mexican and Columbian influenced dishes and celebrated their ribbon cutting on Saturday, May 24th. Maira and Federico are husband and wife, and they have always wanted to own their own diner. Having moved to Michigan’s Great Southwest from the Chicagoland area, they felt that the time was right to pursue the dream. Maira has over ten years of culinary experience, specializing in both Columbian and Mexican cuisine. The reason they chose the Spanish word for “grill” as their name is very fitting, inasmuch as all of their dishes are prepared on a hardwood charcoal grill. The team at Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services and The Women’s Business Center worked with the two as they navigated the myriad requirements to launch a restaurant from the ground up. Maira says, “It was very difficult to comprehend everything that was needed to start our restaurant, since our native tongue is Spanish with limited fluency in English.” She adds, “We were fortunate that Dubelsa Mata-Garcia at Cornerstone Alliance was able to interpret and explain what we needed. The guidance and expertise that we received from Cornerstone made us more confident as we worked through the entire process.” Dubelsa tells me that the couple came to the Cornerstone team with well-defined plans for their restaurant, and while details and paperwork can prove to be overwhelming many times, they were able to work together to bring the dream into reality. You can find El Asadero at 168 N. Paw Paw Street in downtown Coloma. They are in the house Mondays from 9am until 9pm, Tuesday through Thursday from 8am until 9pm, Friday & Saturday from 8am until 10pm and Sundays from 8am until 9pm. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.<br /> <br /> While Memorial Day ushered in unofficial summer, the real thing is barely two weeks away and our friends at the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra will bring on official summer in grand style with their Summer Solstice Music & Microbrews summer kick-off at Silver Beach. On Saturday, June 21st from 4pm until 10pm, the Shadowland Pavilion at Silver Beach will produce the perfect way to experience the finest, regionally produced, craft beer and favorite local restaurants, all while enjoying incredible live music in a relaxed, social atmosphere. Overlooking Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph River Channel, the Pavilion is a perfect destination to discover beer & music together. The gates will open at 4pm and live music gets underway at 4:30pm. Tastings will run from 5pm until 9pm. You can wrap it into a day filled with sun & sand, extraordinary cuisine from local restaurants, live music, and a breathtaking sunset view. Live music from Justine Blazer, The Hot Sauce Committee, and Libido Funk Circus roll this into one of the premiere parties along the coast. Proceeds support the mission of the SW Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Breweries taking part in the craft brewfest include: Arcadia Brewing Company, Arbor Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewery, Goose Island Beer Company, Greenbush Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, The Livery Microbrewery, Mountain Town Brewing Company, New Holland Brewing, Perrin Brewing company, Right Brain Brewery, Round Barn Brewery, Saugatuck Brewing Company, Tapistry Brewing, Vander Mill Ciders, Virtue Cider, and Tabor Hill Wine. Justine Blazer, a Nashville recording artist takes the stage at 4:30pm, featuring country rock. At 6:15pm The Hot Sauce Committee combines 90’s Hip Hop with guitars and club beats for a high energy hot sauce experience. Finally, at 8pm, the Libido Funk Circus unleashes their legendary catalog of non-stop energy, showmanship, and exquisite musicality setting them clearly apart from the rest. Tickets for the big event are just $10 in advance or $15 on the day of the show. They can be purchased online at www.smso.org or at the Liquor Locker (3872 Red Arrow Highway in St. Joseph), Roosters Party Store (1607 Lakeshore Drive in St. Joseph) or at the SMSO Office at 513 Ship Street in St. Joe. There is a parking fee at Silver Beach, and you are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair, but no coolers or food or drink carry-ins will be allowed. Local restaurants featured on site will include: Coach’s Bar & Grill, Lake House by Cravings, Louie’s Red Hots, Players Bar & Grill, and Roosters Party Store.<br /> <br /> For Bob Gerbel, it might as well be a national holiday right up there with Christmas and New Year’s. For the Spartan Nation, it probably actually is a national holiday. For Spartan Alumni, it is, without question, the largest Sparty Party in the entire nation, and it all takes place right here in Berrien County. What started out 28 years ago in 1986 following an alumni meeting amongst a handful of Michigan State University alums trying to come up with the concept for an annual gathering, has exploded into the largest such party in the country with more than 600 people signed up year after year for the annual Steak ‘n’ Suds Outing. It’s an outing that reverberates through South Bend, Ann Arbor, Columbus, Ohio and beyond every year. Thanks to the loyal support of Spartan fans, friends and neighbors, the event is a huge success literally beyond compare. Appreciation for what MSU has afforded each alum is the major reason they set aside a Tuesday evening in June every year and also explains why even those who attended the very first such outing 28 years ago are still active on the planning committee today. The 28th Annual Spartan Steak ‘n’ Suds Outing is slated for Tuesday, June 17th at Sportsman’s Park in Arden...a half mile east of M-139 on Linco Road between St. Joseph and Berrien Springs. Tickets are $30 each and available from committee members or at Bob Gerbel’s office in the Fifth Third Bank Building at 830 Pleasant Street in St. Joseph. Or, you can send your check made out to Berrien County MSU Alumni Club. No tickets, however, will be sold at the door! Each MSU alum has fond and special memories of days on the MSU campus, and exhibit pride and honor with the green and white for all to see. The school’s competitive and rigorous academic disciplines, outstanding results and breakthroughs in world renowned agricultural programs, domestic and globally recognized research programs and assistance with quality of life issues all over the world, make each alumnus proud of the university’s role as the original land grant university in the nation. On the athletic side, whether it’s the adrenalin rush still felt when the Spartan Marching Band enters the stadium to begin another football season, the thunderous dunk of a basketball over an unsuspecting opponent at Breslin, or the recent unparalleled success of the MSU football program returning to the Rose Bowl for the first time in over 25 years, Spartan Nation is alive and well...and ready to party.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, folks. Please remember to shop locally for dads and grads, there’s more here than you know. We’ll see you out and about and again Saturday right here in MailMax. Please keep in mind that there are many, many stories at www.MoodyontheMarket.com that never make it to print because there are so many there and just not enough room here. Check the website every single day of the week for lots of new content to keep you up to date!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Morning Radio Personality<br /> WSJM Radio<br /> moody@wsjm.com<br /> (269) 925-1111

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