Local Business and Economic Development

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Frank Smith RVBA/G Marrano photo

The Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority has installed about 100 miles of high-speed fiber underground, with a focus on connections to business and local government customers. Now it wants to target valley residents, as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Earth Fare is closing all of its stores – including the one in Roanoke on Franklin Road that opened in late 2017. Liquidation sales are beginning at all 50 locations while the North Carolina-based company looks for a buyer. “Continued challenges in the retail industry impeded the company’s progress,” Earth Fare says in a news release.

Empire Bakery in Rocky Mount cut the ribbon this morning on an expansion that will create 75 new jobs. The 10 million dollar-plus investment includes 32,000 square feet of new space and renovations to 12,000 more,  plus 2.3 million dollars in new equipment. The company currently employs 185 people and produces ready-made cakes, cookies and desserts for Kroger and its affiliated divisions nationwide. Empire moved from Roanoke to Rocky Mount in 2010.H-R Recruiter Anthony Johnson says he has about 30 people left to hire:

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