South Side Business News & Notes
Akron Appraisal combines with Valbridge Property Advisors
GREEN — Akron Appraisal Group Inc. announced it has combined with 41 other appraisal firms to form Valbridge Property Advisors, which provides independent valuation and advisory services to local, regional, multi-market and national clients.
Valbridge, based in Naples, Fla., has 59 office locations in the country and serves office, industrial, retail, apartments, multifamily and senior living, as well as lodging, hospitality, recreational and other special-purpose properties, according to company officials. Each of its offices is led by an appraiser who has the MAI designation of the Appraisal Institute, indicating he or she is experienced in the valuation and evaluation of commercial, industrial, residential and other types of properties, according to company officials.
Akron Appraisal was founded by Gary Barker, MAI, and Michael Flak, MAI, in 2001, according to company officials, with both having more than 20 years of commercial appraisal experience.
“Client demand for a strong, independent and national commercial property appraisal services firm has driven us to combine with dozens of the best and brightest appraisers across the country to launch Valbridge,” said Barker. “But we’re no less committed to being the No. 1 firm in our market known for high standards of accuracy, integrity and reporting. In fact, as Valbridge, we will, over time, provide expanded services and an even higher level of service to our local clients while also serving regional and national clients based outside the area.”
The new firm will be known as Valbridge Property Advisors/Akron Appraisal Group Inc. for a transition period. It is led by Barker and Flak, who are now senior managing directors of Valbridge, and the team includes Teresa Simone, an appraiser since 2010, according to company officials.
New Lakemore Tractor Supply Co. hosting grand opening
LAKEMORE — The Lakemore Tractor Supply Co. store will hold its grand opening tomorrow, March 23. The store officially opened for business March 9.
The Tractor Supply Co. is a retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and in operation since 1948, according to company officials. The newest location in Lakemore is the company’s 80th in Ohio, and employs 12. The facility has 23,713 square feet, including sales floor and support service space, according to company officials.
“Lakemore is a great location for Tractor Supply Co. because our products fit the lifestyle of the community,” said Dan Salomone, manager of the Lakemore store. “Our friendly, knowledgeable team strives to provide the legendary Tractor Supply customer service to our neighbors.”
To celebrate the grand opening of the store, shoppers will receive 10 percent off their first purchase up to $100 through March 24 and can enter to win prizes including store gift cards, pet feed, clothing, power tools, a 22-ton log splitter and a chain saw. Free Tractor Supply Co. baseball-style hats also will be given away while supplies last.
The grand-opening also will feature two local 4-H clubs and various vendors with information. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with members of the Springfield Township Area Chamber of Commerce, Lakemore mayor and Springfield Board of Trustees also is planned for March 23 at 7:45 a.m.
Regular hours for the store, located in the Tri-County Plaza at 1500 Canton Road, Suite 370, are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Rippers Rock House to open in May
SOUTH AKRON — Tim “Ripper” Owens, of Akron, is set to reopen the Ripper Owens Tap House in May with a new name and new location.
The name of Owens’ new sports eatery, to be located at 2727 Manchester Road, will be Rippers Rock House, according to restaurant officials. It will have a larger stage, better sound, better service, authentic rock ’n roll and a sports atmosphere with a new menu, according to restaurant officials. The menu will feature many of the old favorites, such as pizzas and burgers, as well as new twists, such as five new wing flavors added to the 30 collected from Owens’ world travels.
According to restaurant officials, Owens has a new partner, Micah Posten, owner of Impact Landscape, who is focused on bringing a music venue for local and national performers to the area.
Owens is a musician who played and toured with the British band Judas Priest from 1996 until 2003 and then teamed up with Iced Earth in 2004. For more information, visit www.timripperowens.com.
Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.
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