Shopping centers, openings/closings, technology and innovation


Bank pays $18M settlement for lending discrimination

October 9, 2015
A bank with a large presence in the region has agreed to pay an $18-million settlement to resolve allegations that it engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against African-American and Hispanic borrowers in its indirect auto-lending business. Read More

Rare sneaker store steps into downtown

October 8, 2015
A store dedicated to collectible sneakers and baseball hats has opened downtown. Read More

Nonprofit opens next thrift shop

October 8, 2015
A nonprofit has added to its network of thrift shops in the region. Read More

Meijer names president

October 2, 2015
Meijer has named its seventh president in its 81-year history. Read More

Owners are ready to open Harmony Hall brewpub

The former Little Mexico restaurant will have ‘celebratory feel’ and expanded menu.

October 2, 2015
The last two years have been a blur for Jackson Van Dyke. Read More

Retailers face most significant change in decades

The EMV chip embedded in credit and debit cards requires a new reader.

October 2, 2015
One of the biggest changes in retailers’ security and checkout systems is now in effect. Read More

Gas station sells winning $310M Powerball ticket

October 1, 2015
| By AP
Someone got more than a tank of gas when they played the Powerball lottery game at a gas station in the region. Read More

New York developer plans $36M apartment building downtown

October 1, 2015
There’s a new mixed-use project in the works that could bring more apartments to downtown Grand Rapids. Read More

What makes West Michigan the ultimate home for franchises?

September 30, 2015
Within the past decade, Grand Rapids has seen an economic boom unrivaled by other cities across the state of Michigan. Read More

Frozen custard and steakburger chain enters market

September 29, 2015
A national chain of frozen custard and steakburger restaurants is entering the Michigan market through West Michigan. Read More