BizBeat: Last Jefferson City Payless closing its doors

Payless ShoeSource’s last Jefferson City store will close in February, a company spokeswoman confirmed.

Lauren Jeffords, Payless director of communications, said in an email the store will close Feb. 15. Jeffords declined to comment further.

The Missouri Boulevard store will close about two years after Payless’ Capital Mall store closed in February 2017.

Payless has about 3,500 stores in 40 countries, according to a news release. In April 2017, Payless filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and shed $435 million in debt. About two months later, the discount shoe retailer closed about 800 of the more than 4,000 Payless stores that existed at the time, according to CNN Money.

Campus Coworking
set for grand opening

A new coworking space will open Jan. 1 at 619 E. Capitol Ave.

Local entrepreneurs Missy Creed and Sarah Bohl are building their coworking space next to Avenue HQ at 623 E. Capitol Ave. with the hope of giving local entrepreneurs a center to start and build companies. The space will have seven offices that can be rented by members and about a dozen desks that can be rented. All members will have 24-hour access to the building.

Creed said Friday she and Bohl were finishing painting and placing trim around the space. Furniture and cabinets were built, but not installed yet at the time.

“We’re putting on the finishing touches, really,” Creed said.

The space will open Tuesday, but Creed cautioned some final work may be going on during the first couple days it is open. A grand opening will be held from 2-6 p.m. Jan. 10 and feature a coffee-pouring class at 2 p.m., a ribbon cutting at 3:30 p.m. and an open house with hors’ d’oeuvres and cocktails at 4 p.m.

Miracle Ear franchise
coming to Boulevard

A building at 2121 Missouri Blvd. is being renovated and turned into medical offices for hearing aid chain-store Miracle Ear, according to building permits filed with the city.

Minneapolis-based Miracle Ear has more than 1,400 locations across the U.S., according to its website. Miracle Ear representatives did not return requests for comment.

Russellville staple reopens with new identity

A long-time Russellville business reopened in mid-December with a new business model and new identity. From 1949-2017, Russellville Locker and Feed processed cattle and hogs individually. Owner Mike Wyss said the business had trouble finding workers to perform the task in recent years.

“In the old days, we might do 30 head of cattle and 30 head of hogs a week (which) takes lots of manpower,” Wyss said. “We just couldn’t get help anymore.”

The shop at 4719 Locker Plant Lane in Russellville closed in October 2017 for a major renovation that included removing nine walls and adding a 2,000-square-foot storage barn, a deli with dine-in seating and a new slaughter floor and cutting room.

In mid-December, the business reopened as Covered Bridge Market. Wyss said the family had the idea to create a one-stop shop when it realized updates to the building and business were necessary. Livestock storage and processing is still part of the business, Wyss said.

“We have the advantage that there is nothing really new here,” he said. “We’ve sold groceries before; we’ve sold meat before. We’ve cut meat before; we’ve sold feed before.”

Covered Bridge Market is open 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

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