On Wednesday, 14 months after their restaurant was destroyed in a gas explosion and fire, brothers Jimmy and David Frantze announced they will reopen JJs in late summer on the very Plaza Vista development site that for eight years had caused them so much grief. Were coming back from the ashes, Jimmy Frantze said.
The metros first Skechers Factory Outlet Store is scheduled to open June 13 in Overland Park. In other news, Freddys Frozen Custard & Steakburgers plans to open another restaurant in Olathe, and Kiss co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have set an April 29 opening for Rock & Brews in Overland Park and a May 29 fundraiser.
Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week as the spring home-buying season has gotten off to a slow start.
Stocks edged mostly lower Wednesday, breaking a six-day winning streak, as investors were disappointed by the latest round of earnings from U.S. companies. A surprise drop in new home sales also weighed on the broader market.
Verizon's $130 billion deal to take over of all of Verizon Wireless is helping lift its profit.
The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don't harm competition or limit free speech.
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.
One rally Thursday will be outside the Staples at 8450 N.W. Prairie View Road in the Zona Rosa shopping center in Kansas City, and the other will be at the Staples at 11880 W. 95th St. in Overland Park. The postal workers union opposes the program because it replaces well-paid union workers with low-wage non-union workers.
Martinrea International Inc., a Canadian automotive parts supplier, plans to build a manufacturing plant in Riverside that will create up to 290 jobs. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday at 5233 N.W. 41st St., near Horizons Parkway. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, local officials and company executives are scheduled to attend.
The firm plans to lease 65,000 square feet in the building at 4800 Main St. The building was bought in January by Mariner Real Estate Management LLC of Leawood. It lost its main tenant last summer when the Chicago Mercantile Exchange halted operations there, ending more than a century of grain trading in Kansas City.
Scott Samuelsons recent Wall Street Journal piece titled Would you hire Socrates? challenges the myth that studying humanities doesnt pay. This finding reflects my experience with the U.S. Army, but I seek to emphasize something greater than an economic advantage. The more practical advantage gained from a liberal arts education is preparation for leadership.
A recent local case demonstrates that employers responsibilities for addressing harassment in the workplace extend beyond the individuals who collect a paycheck from the company. Objectionable behavior by customers, subcontractors, vendors and others could be employers problem, too.
Tobacco company Lorillard says its first-quarter profit fell more than 17 percent as its costs rose, it sold fewer cigarettes and its year-ago results benefited lower expenses from a longstanding legal settlement.
The spot month contract for light sweet crude was $102.02 per barrel at 12 p.m. Thursday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
It was a safe bet that Cerner Corp. would once again lead the The Stars rankings as the regions top-performing public company. Cerner, the nations second-largest company that helps hospitals and doctors offices convert paper files into computerized medical records, is in a sweet spot. Other top-ranked companies here do business in areas that have an edge: energy, rail transit and online government services.
The already-hefty pay packages of many public-company executives bulged last year, thanks to higher values of their company stocks. Million-dollar base salaries as paid to Cerner Corp. CEO Neal Patterson (pictured) and Waddell & Reed Financial CEO Hank Herrmann are only the beginning. For most of the bigger-company CEOs, stock awards, options and non-equity incentive compensation dwarf their base pay.