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J.C. Penney to cut 2,000 jobs, close 33 stores

Posted 1/16/2014 in Business

Struggling department-store operator J.C. Penney announced it will cut 2,000 jobs and close 33 stores as it tries to get back on the path to profitability.



Town of Terry losing its only banking option

Posted 1/16/2014 in Business

Regions is closing its branch in the town of Terry on March 14.



Building permits 1-16-14

Posted 1/16/2014 in Business



Apple will refund at least $32.5M in app case

Posted 1/16/2014 in Business

Kids gleefully snapped up virtual pet food, gems or other items while playing games on their mobile devices, while the bills from Apple Inc. mounted, often without parents' knowledge. Now, the tech giant has agreed to refund the money.


Browning on Business: Grocery store makes purchase, Monograms Plus moves

Posted 1/16/2014 in Business

Late last year, Kroger purchased the spaces that sit on either side of it in Kroger Plaza on Hwy. 45 North in Columbus. That means the strip from AutoZone to UPS now belongs to the grocery store. Robert Rhett, with Rhett Real Estate, confirmed the purchase Wednesday. Rhett said he did not know what plans, if any, Kroger had for the space.

Browning on Business: Columbus gas stations closing doors

Posted 1/9/2014 in Business

Some gas station items to begin. The Kwik-N-Go next to Church's Chicken in the 1400 block of Main Street, as you may have noticed, has closed. That gas station was owned by Sanders Oil Company until the longtime Columbus business sold to Vernon, Ala.-based Midstates Petroleum Company in September.


Building permits 1-9-14

Posted 1/9/2014 in Business



Business brief: Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC recognized

Posted 1/9/2014 in Business



Group restates Common Core support

Posted 1/9/2014 in Business

The Mississippi Economic Council is redoubling its support for Common Core academic standards.



Marriages and divorces 1-9-14

Posted 1/9/2014 in Business


Browning on Business: Indian restaurant opening in Columbus

Posted 1/2/2014 in Business

Indian cuisine is coming to Columbus. Pankaj Patel, who operates Columbus Inn & Suites, said Tandoori Oven is slated to open Jan. 16. The new restaurant will be located at the inn, in the spot that once housed Good Time Lounge.


Amtrak to suspend some services in Jan., Feb.

Posted 1/2/2014 in Business

Amtrak passenger train service will shut down in Mississippi and other areas in the Southeast for several days in January and February for rail maintenance by Norfolk Southern Railway.



Building permits 1-2-14

Posted 1/2/2014 in Business



Target: Customers' encrypted card PINs were stolen

Posted 12/28/2013 in Business

Target said Friday that debit-card PINs were among the financial information stolen from millions of customers who shopped at the retailer earlier this month.


Browning on Business: 'Huck's Place' turns 5 years old

Posted 12/26/2013 in Business

Five years ago, brothers Brian and Bubba Huckaby moved back to the Columbus area, where they grew up, to open a downtown restaurant.


Santa's sleigh delayed after snags at UPS, FedEx

Posted 12/26/2013 in Business

Santa's sleigh didn't make it in time for Christmas for some this year due to shipping problems at UPS and FedEx.



Weak card security made Target a juicy target

Posted 12/24/2013 in Business

The U.S. is the juiciest target for hackers hunting credit card information. And experts say incidents like the recent data theft at Target's stores will get worse before they get better.



Holiday sales down for 3rd week

Posted 12/24/2013 in Business

Stores are hoping Americans who've been tight-fisted with their money will get the last-minute itch to buy in the final week of the holiday shopping season.



Apple lands elusive iPhone deal with China Mobile

Posted 12/24/2013 in Business

A long-sought deal to sell the iPhone through China Mobile should enable Apple to boost its profits and build customer loyalty in an important, growing market.


Browning on Business: Longtime Columbus restaurant is closing

Posted 12/19/2013 in Business

Ranch House, an east Columbus restaurant whose breakfast and lunch buffet has developed a devoted following through the years, is closing. Joyce Alexander has run the business for eight years. She got emotional this week thinking about Sunday, when she will lock the door at 807 Alabama St. for the last time.


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