Business Journal: Sears Is Closing In Arden Fair Mall. What’s Next? It’s Still Unclear

Susan S. Johnson

It didn’t come as a surprise, but Arden Fair mall confirmed this week that Sears will permanently close in April. 

While department stores have been struggling for years, the coronavirus pandemic has heightened their challenges. Last year the mall lost Nordstrom, another large anchor store.

The listing for the Sears space is still active, and it appears that Arden Fair representatives have their eye on redevelopment. In their announcement, they said the closure of Sears could be a launching point for the future of the Sacramento mall.

Sacramento Business Journal Digital Editor Sonya Sorich joined CapRadio’s Mike Hagerty to discuss

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Westfield Valley Fair Teams With Kitchen United

Susan S. Johnson

Westfield Valley Fair, a shopping center in Silicon Valley, is partnering with Kitchen United, a ghost kitchen company, to deliver a streamlined, multi-restaurant ordering solution.

“Our partnership with Kitchen United introduces a new and convenient way for guests to experience their favorite food items on the go, while also driving increased revenue to our restaurant partners,” said Kate Diefenderfer, director of marketing for Westfield Valley Fair, in a statement.

“With the flexibility to place one order with multiple restaurants simultaneously, regardless of location, restaurants have the ability to capitalize on

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Cook up Some Fun: 2015 Bandon Cranberry Festival Food Fair | Lifestyles

Susan S. Johnson

BANDON — A crown awaits the cook with the cranberry touch. Culinary queens and kings need only whip up their best cranberry concoction to enter the Queen of the Kitchen contest in Bandon’s annual Cranberry Festival. The 2015 Cranberry Festival Food Fair is set for Sept. 11 and 12, in Bandon.

Contestants compete for the crown in three categories, Queen of the Kitchen, best overall; Jr. Queen of the Kitchen, youth age 10 and younger, aided by an adult; Aspiring Chef, age 11 to 18 years. Find contest rules and entry forms online at

The food fair and

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New $1 entry fee, limiting entries on display OK’d by State Fair Board

Susan S. Johnson

Several significant changes for exhibitors at the Kansas State Fair were approved on Tuesday by the State Fair Board.

Primary among them is that the fair will begin charging a $1 fee for each “static” entry, and it will display only the top three winning entries in a category during the fair, rather than all entries.

Other entries will be sent home or locked away during the 10-day event.

Competitive Exhibits Director Jenn Galloway proposed the changes to deal with significantly fewer staff anticipated for the 2021 Kansas State Fair.

New fee

“I propose we start charging a $1 entry

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