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BizSense Beat: July 7, 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 July 7, 2023:

Stuart Siegel accused his assistant of stealing from him. Then she died suddenly after a visit from the FBI.
Reported by Richmond BizSense’s Michael Schwartz

In the obituary published after her unexpected death in February, Vanessa Patterson is remembered for her love of traveling, hosting champagne parties, spoiling her family and friends, and for achieving her dream of purchasing a home in the Caribbean. But Stuart Siegel, the well-known Richmond businessman who for years employed Patterson as his personal assistant, claims there’s more to the story of her largess.

Manchester site once eyed for a grocery store goes back on the market
Reported by Richmond BizSense’s Mike Platania

After marketing the site for a mixed-use development that he’d hoped would bring a grocery store to Manchester, a local construction industry veteran is putting his prime Southside parcel back up for grabs.

Coins and collectibles store opens in Stony Point Fashion Park
Reported by Richmond BizSense’s Jack Jacobs

A Wisconsin-born business has taken a shine to Stony Point Fashion Park.

Big Bear Coin & Collectible opened last month in a storefront on the southern end of the South Richmond mall, near the Eggspectation restaurant and empty anchor space once home to Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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