Dover Hobby Lobby set to open in September

DOVER – Hobby Lobby is just about ready to take over the old Acme grocery store’s spot at the southern end of a strip mall located at 1001 North DuPont Highway, in front of Dover International Speedway. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is a privately held national retail chain of craft and home-decor stores. Upon opening, […]

Downstate farmers markets remain open with precautions

DOWNSTATE — Field and orchard harvests are ongoing, and consumers are getting a taste of homegrown freshness and sweetness at Delaware farmers markets, which reflect “new norm” restrictions linked to the coronavirus crisis. A sampling of markets and vendors indicates that business is quite brisk and the precautionary public health plan tendered by Delaware’s Department […]

Tina’s Timeless Threads honored on First Friday for window display

DOVER — Three Bayhealth “nurse heroes” judged the Downtown Dover Partnership Merchant Committee window contest at last week’s First Friday event in downtown Dover. Jameel Karamali, Sue Lemmons and Barbara Studer-Baer toured downtown and reviewed seven windows decorated in the theme of “Summertime in America!” The judges selected Tina’s Timeless Threads as the winner and […]

Update: 200-acre medical campus envisioned for Milford

MILFORD — As COVID-19 has brought issues like hospital capacity to the fore, one developer has set out to expand the amount of medical space available in Milford. R&R Realty, a Dover-based commercial real estate company, just publicly listed Elmer Fannin’s Innovation Park property on Bucks Road and Sussex 206 in Milford across Del. 1 […]

Delmarva’s U.S. senators endorse chicken grower aid

GEORGETOWN — Nineteen U.S. senators have written a letter to Senate leaders asking that future legislation helping the country recover from the economic damage of COVID-19 include direct federal aid to chicken growers who have lost at least 5% of expected revenue during the pandemic, according to the Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. on Monday.All six […]

New ice cream shop brings Christmas spirit to Milford’s summer

MILFORD — It may get hot in Milford this summer, but the new North Pole Creamery will keep downtown cool with frozen treats and Christmas spirit from the Santa House, a longtime fixture on Walnut Street. The ice cream shop, which had its grand opening Saturday, is owned by local entrepreneur David Pickerell and managed […]

Question marks hang over Delmarva economy

DOVER — After three-and-a-half months, it is readily evident that the pandemic has hurt local businesses in a big way. But, according to a Delmarva economy expert from Salisbury University, it is too early to assess their fates. “There are so many unknowns that are holding question marks over us, in terms of which businesses […]

No business closures in downtown Milford amid coronavirus

MILFORD — The COVID-19 era has undoubtedly been challenging for small businesses nationwide, but in Milford’s historic downtown, no businesses have closed permanantly due to the virus. “Obviously, it was negative that we had to shut down for a few months and the businesses would have loved to be open,” said Peggy Reilly, the president […]

Judge sanctions Mountaire in Delaware wastewater lawsuit

DOVER — A Superior Court judge has ordered an Arkansas poultry processing company and two Delaware subsidiaries to pay more than $28,000 in sanctions for repeatedly refusing to provide information to plaintiffs suing the company over wastewater violations in southern Delaware. The judge this week ordered Mountaire Corp. and the subsidiaries to pay $18,000 in […]

Milford organization nationally honored

MILFORD — Downtown Milford Inc. has been recognized as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America program. Symbolizing a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive commercial district revitalization, the honor is Main Street America’s top tier of recognition. “Our goal is to be an economic driver in the downtown by increasing foot traffic, beautifying downtown and creating a […]