Joel Meyer, owner of Papa Murphy's in Baxter, has purchased the building that houses his take-and-bake pizza business.
The building also is home to Jewel's Specialty Food Market. A middle space between the two businesses, formerly used by the Bethany book store before it moved, is open for lease. Meyer said he is looking for a compatible business to fill the spot, one that could complement his own and potentially drive traffic to both.
Future plans include work to improve the landscaping and a remodeling of the building's exterior.
Meyer leased space for Papa Murphy's in the building for seven years. The Fairview Road location, parallel to Highway 210 and not far from 210's intersection with Highway 371 allows Papa Murphy's to readily serve both Brainerd and Baxter. Meyer didn't necessarily want to move. Finding a location on Highway 371 may have meant moving too far north to easily serve clients in Brainerd. Moving to the east side of Brainerd created the same concern about the ability to easily attract customers who live or work near the Baxter retail area.
Papa Murphy's owner Joel Meyer purchased the building where his take-and-bake pizza business has been leasing space for years. The building includes Jewel's Specialty Food Market and has space available for lease. Future plans include landscaping and remodeling the building's exterior. Brainerd Dispatch/Renee Richardson» Purchase reprints of this photo.
"I didn't see a better spot coming up," Meyer said, adding his current location near Country Kitchen and close to the intersection of Highway 210 and Golf Course Road is a good one.
When the building ownership changed a few years ago to an out-of-town owner, there were concerns about the building getting the upkeep attention it needed. Meyer, who owns nine stores, decided he'd have better results if he owned the building in Baxter. One concern remained - about future plans for the Golf Course Road and Highway 210 intersection. But Meyer said those concerns were eased as the Baxter City Council approved a three-quarter access at the intersection as part of a larger construction project.
Wausau Paper recently announced its fourth quarter and year-end financial results for 2008. The company, with a paper mill in northeast Brainerd, reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $1.8 million or $0.04 per share. That is compared to a net loss of $27.6 million a year earlier.
The company reported its net sales decreased 9 percent to $275.7 million. Shipments declined 22 percent to 171,000 tons - an expected drop following the closure of the company's Groveton, N.H., paper mill amid other factors.
For 2008, Wausau Paper reported a net loss of $15.8 million ($0.32 per share) compared to the net loss of $1.8 million in 2007.
In a written statement, Thomas Howatt, Wausau president and chief executive officer, said: "Fourth-quarter adjusted net earnings increased from 2007 levels despite recessionary business conditions intensifying during the year. The weakening economy impacted orders for each of our three businesses and resulted in Specialty Products and Printing and Writing taking market-related downtime in the fourth quarter.
"Even so, Printing & Writing reported its strongest quarterly profit in more than four years - with results driven by the execution of the profit recovery plan announced in the fourth quarter of 2007."
Howatt said the projects in the work for 2009 are combined with a focus on "superior customer service, cost reduction and operational excellence, position us to weather the current economic downturn while improving the competitive position of our businesses."
For the Printing & Writing segment, which includes the Brainerd mill, the fourth-quarter results had an operating profit of $2.8 million - compared to a $52 million loss last year. The company sold about 750 acres of timberland in the fourth quarter. About 17,000 acres remain in a company sales program aimed at selling 42,000 acres of what Wausau describes as non-strategic timberland.
Atomic Learning in Little Falls noted it has a link to the White House, at least sort of. The Sidwell Friends private school in Washington D.C., where President Obama's daughters attend, subscribes to Atomic Learning and is accessible to the school's staff, students and their parents. Atomic Learning, provides online technology training and support with "37,000 short, show-and-tell video tutorials on over 110 common applications" like 'Microsoft Office and workshops for items like blogging and podcasting. Atomic Learning reported it has a partnership with Sidwell Friends.
Atomic Learning Inc. was formed in 2000 by a group of technology educators and now serves more than eight million teachers and students in more than 12,000 schools in more than 30 countries along with individuals and organizations in other industries.
RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at email@example.com or 855-5852.
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