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Business

  • Landmark sells Roanoke times

        Landmark Media Enterprises, owner of The Bedford Bulletin, announced that it sold The Roanoke Times to Warren Buffett’s BH Media Group on Friday.
        The sale has no effect on operations of the Bulletin. The newspaper will continue to be printed at The Roanoke Times’ plant, as it has been since 2005.
        The Bulletin will continue to be operated by Landmark Community Newspapers.

  • Teva helps out at D-Day Memorial

        Teva Pharmaceuticals’ Forest facility was looking for a community project, according to Paul Opdyke, the facility’s human resources director.
        The company settled on helping the National D-Day Memorial get ready for the D-Day anniversary observance on June 6. Opdyke said that he and the plant manager both have been involved in similar projects in other areas. He asked plant employees if they were interested.
        “The response was overwhelming,” he said.

  • BMH adds digital mammography

        Bedford Memorial Hospital has been here for 60 years and its newest offering is digital mammography.

        “It’s state-of-the-art,” said Patti Jurkus, the hospital’s CEO.
        “It’s the newest technology,” added Lisa Jordan, the hospital’s imaging services manager.
        The new equipment provides a number of advantages, including a reduced examination time. Jordan said it also allows for a more comfortable exam.

  • Lago Pizza has a new home

        Late last year, Julio Ortíz and Esperanza Forero finally threw in the towel at their old location in the Shop Rite plaza and moved across Va. 122 to reopen in a space next to the Moneta Food Lion. They reopened on April 13 after nearly four months of work to turn what was essentially a large, empty room into a restaurant.

        “We were forced to move,” said Esperanza.

  • Apartment development planned for Centertown

        Change is coming to Jackson Street in Centertown Bedford.

        Developer David McCormack has announced plans to develop the historic Clark and Company Plug Tobacco Warehouse into 32 apartments and a recent grant secured by Bedford Main Street, Inc., will help finance public improvements to that road.
        “It will certainly have an impact on downtown,” stated Sue Montgomery, executive director of Bedford Main Street, Inc., on the development plans. “This could give us a shot in the arm.”

  • Roadside Market becomes new community post office

        There was a time in the past when post offices in rural communities were often in general stores. Now, in an effort to expand its services, the Postal Service is going back to that concept with community post offices. Roadside Market (the BP station in Montvale) recently became the third such post office in Southwestern Virginia.

  • Bedford Antique Mall has a new home

        If you’ve driven past the former Golden Corral building on U. S. 460, on the west end of Bedford, you’ve probably noticed cars parked out front. Nobody’s coming there for lunch anymore, but rather to buy antiques. Bedford Antique Mall moved into the building on March 1.

        Valerie Almond, who, along with her husband John, owns the business, said the move was preceded by a major cleanup as the building had been vacant for eight years. However, it offered them plenty of space in a high visibility location.

  • Bedford Chamber honors local business

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce honored local businesses at its annual awards dinner,  held at Trivium, Thursday evening.

        GruvenCat Bakery won the Home-Based Business Award.

  • Elks open their home to the community

        After more than a century of serving only members of the Elks, the  Elks National Home has opened its doors to the general public.

        The Elks National Home first came to Bedford in 1903. The current facility opened in 1916, with additions built in later years. Up until last year it was a retirement facility for Elks only.    “We are now open to people other than Elks,” said Pamala Mutter, the Elks Home administrator. “We want to share with the public now.”

  • Furniture store buys Taylor Brothers building; plans to open this summer

        A Franklin County furniture business plans to expand into the Bedford market, following its purchase last week of the former Taylor Brothers building off Independence Boulevard.
        Virginia Furniture Market announced its expansion into this market this week, moving into the building at 1052 Independence Blvd, adjacent to the major retail center anchored by Wal-Mart and a variety of other businesses.