Business briefs: Walmart wraps up improvements

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GREENFIELD – The city’s Walmart location recently completed multiple improvements as part of an investment of more than $75 million to update and remodel 15 stores across the state.

The local upgrades include expanded online pickup and delivery department space, remodeled restrooms with the addition of a mother’s room, updated Vision Center, updated front-end layout with additional cashier staffed registers, polished concrete floors, updated department navigational signing, updated department layout to increase item assortment and aisle spacing, and parking lot resurfacing.

Work began in May and the store celebrated a grand reopening Nov. 11. Located near the southeast corner of State Street and New Road, the store first opened in 1988.

Chamber celebrates with ribbon-cutting events

GREENFIELD – The Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce has participated in several ribbon-cutting events recently.

The ribbon was cut Nov. 9 on the new location of Edward Jones, 1780 Melody Lane. The remodeling of the Greenfield Walmart was celebrated Nov. 11 with a ribbon-cutting.

Jersey Mike’s Subs was honored Nov. 16 with a ribbon-cutting; the new restaurant is at 1785 Melody Lane, Greenfield. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for the new Shoe Sensation location at 11 a.m. today, Nov. 18.

County sees growth in home sale prices, decrease in pending sales

GREENFIELD – The residential real estate market in Hancock County cooled down in October, with home prices continuing to rise, according to a press release from F.C. Tucker Company.

The real estate firm found the average home sale price in October for Hancock County was up 15.7% compared to the same time last year, to $324,613. Available inventory also increased significantly – by 90.5%; however, pending home sales were down 39.9% compared to this time last year.

As a whole, central Indiana saw growth in available housing inventory in October, with inventory increasing by nearly 69% compared to October 2021. Year-to-date home sale prices increased 12.9% and pended home sales decreased by 27.4%.

Bird flu causes increase in turkey prices

WEST LAFAYETTE – A Purdue University agricultural expert says the biggest factor driving up turkey prices this Thanksgiving was a wave of avian influenza, or bird flu, that hit in the spring.

Jayson Lusk, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, says turkey prices this year have been 20% higher than in 2021. The university released a video and news release with Lusk’s findings.

Within the last few weeks, the price increase has dropped to between 9-10%, Lusk says. The bird flu devastated many flocks in Indiana and throughout the country. This decrease in turkey supply has led to higher prices as demand increases during the holiday season. Lusk predicts turkey prices will fall in future years as flocks recover from the illness.

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