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BizSense Beat: Jan. 13, 2023

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BizSense Beat is a weekly collaboration between VPM News and Richmond BizSense that brings you the top business stories during NPR's Morning Edition on Fridays.

Here’s a recap of the top stories for the week of Jan. 13, 2023:

Bon Secours completes $16M medical office at Richmond Community Hospital, eyes more investments in East End
Reported by Richmond BizSense’s Jack Jacobs

As it unveils a newly built medical office building at Richmond Community Hospital, Bon Secours is turning its attention to other projects in the vicinity after national scrutiny over its use funds from a drug-discount program at the East End hospital.

Robin Inn to be replaced by new restaurant
Reported by Richmond BizSense’s Mike Platania

A taste of Philadelphia and South Jersey is coming to the Fan, courtesy of a pair of local restaurateurs. James Kohler and Mike Epps are preparing to open Stanley’s in the former Robin Inn space at 2601 Park Ave.

Kleyman, Dodson to replace old BofA branch on Forest Hill Ave. with apartment project
Reported by Richmond BizSense’s Mike Platania

The area around Forest Hill Avenue and Westover Hills Boulevard continues to evolve, as a pair of local developers are looking to replace a vacant bank building in the neighborhood with dozens of apartments. Daniil Kleyman and Duke Dodson’s Dodson Development Group are planning a three-story mixed-use building at 4701 Forest Hill Ave.

Alchemy Coffee reverses closure plans, to be sold to Brambly Park co-owner
Reported by Richmond BizSense’s Jack Jacobs

Last Thursday night, two months after going public with its plans to convert to a co-op ownership model, downtown-based Alchemy Coffee took to social media to announce its impending closure. But then the offers started rolling in.

Arby’s on West Broad is razed to make way for Wawa
Reported by Richmond BizSense’s Mike Platania

More than three years in the making, work is underway on another West Broad Street Wawa. Wawa has been planning the location since 2019, but work did not kick off until recent weeks with the demolition of the Arby’s restaurant that had stood on the site since the 1960s. Four other small office buildings behind the restaurant were also recently razed.

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