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A nearly empty food court at the Steeplegate Mall in Concord, N.H.. Illustrates MALL (category f) by Matt Townsend (c) 2014, Bloomberg News. Moved Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 (MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg News photo by Matt Townsend).

A mall so empty you can roll a quarter across and not hit anyone

Sunday, November 23, 2014

On a crisp Friday evening in late October, Shannon Rich, 33, is standing in a dying American mall. Three customers wander the aisles in a Sears the size of two football fields. The RadioShack is empty. A woman selling smart phone cases watches Homeland on a laptop. “It’s the quietest mall I’ve ever been to,” said Rich, who works for …

Travel Talk: It’s the perfect time to plan that road trip you’ve dreaming of

Sunday, November 23, 2014

If you haven’t noticed, gas prices are at their lowest in four years. Even better, industry wizards predict that the prices will stay low throughout 2015. At the same time, airfares are so high that Bud and I don’t like to even think about booking flights anywhere. And fares aren’t about to go …

Business representatives make predictions on upcoming legislative action

Thursday, November 13, 2014

State lawmakers began filing requests for legislation yesterday, outlining in broad strokes their priorities for the 2015-16 session. For businesses, it may be too early to tell what effect the Legislature’s actions could have on the state’s economic environment, but some industry representatives said they have a general …

Exotic dance club in Gilford forced to close over code violations

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Disco lights bounced off the two dance poles on stage, and signs advertised buckets of beer for $20. The Lakes Region Cafe and Tavern exotic dance club felt like it was open for business yesterday afternoon. Except it …

143-year-old family-owned Foster’s Daily Democrat to be sold

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A 143-year-old family-owned New Hampshire newspaper will be sold to a neighboring newspaper group by the end of the year. Patty Foster, president and publisher of Foster’s Daily Democrat in Dover, announced the paper’s sale to Portsmouth-based Seacoast Media Group in a letter to employees yesterday. The assets …

US-China climate deal aims to prod others to act

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A groundbreaking agreement struck by the United States and China is putting the world’s two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. With the clock ticking on a worldwide climate …

Gas to average under $3 in 2015, government says

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The average price of gasoline will be below $3 a gallon in 2015, the government predicted yesterday. If the sharply lower estimate holds true, U.S. consumers will save $61 billion on gas compared with this year. In a …

Owner of Attitash, Crotched Mountain, Wildcat files $100 million IPO

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Peak Resorts, which operates Attitash, Crotched Mountain and Wildcat ski areas and 10 others in the Northeast and Midwest, announced terms for its initial public offering Monday. The Wildwood, Mo.-based company plans to raise $100 million by offering 10 million shares at a price range of $9 to …

New Hampshire nominees sought for small-business awards

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Small Business Administration is seeking nominees from New Hampshire for six small-business awards and two small-business champion awards, to be recognized during the 2015 National Small Business Week. Nominations are due Saturday. The categories: ∎ Small Business Person of the Year: For developing an outstanding, growing business; innovative …

Impact of ski industry on New Hampshire’s development to be subject of discussion

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Urban Land Institute of New Hampshire is hosting a moderated panel discussion and networking event about the ski industry’s impact on development in the Granite State. The program will be moderated by Jessyca Keeler, executive director of SkiNH. Panelists will include Dennis Pavlicek, town administrator of Newbury; …

Fred Fuller Oil customers should continue to receive fuel throughout bankruptcy proceedings, lawyer says

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fred Fuller Oil & Propane Co. trucks were making deliveries yesterday and will continue “servicing accounts in the ordinary course of business,” despite filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, a lawyer for the company said. Customers should receive their oil as usual throughout the reorganization and even …

Financial troubles continue for Fuller Oil as company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fred Fuller Oil and Propane Co., one of the state’s largest home-heating providers, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to records submitted yesterday in New Hampshire’s federal court. The filing comes after a financially troublesome year for Fuller and his Hudson-based company, which struggled last year to …