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Paint as protest: Illinois businessman makes a statement

BY Brae Canlen

A Fairview Heights, Ill., businessman, protesting what he described as the city’s excessive development regulations and lack of financial help, decided to make a statement by visiting the local Lowe’s and asking for the five brightest colors the store had in stock, according to an article in the Belleville News Democrat

Sales associates chose a palette of primary colors typically used in children’s room. Steve Campo, who wants to replace a vacant building with a newly built Snow Cone stand and parking lot, finished the paint job in three hours. He says the brightly striped building represents the obstacles small businesses face in today’s economic and regulatory climate. 

The loud color scheme does not violate any city codes. But adhering to all the city’s requirements for the proposed Tropical Sno project will double the cost of the project to $75,000, he said.

According to Campo, the city first asked for additional landscaping, concrete curbing and premium fencing. Then he was told to put in a water irrigation system for the landscaping — another $10,000.

That pushed Campo over the edge. He has run a car wash business next door for 26 years. “Can’t we water our own plants?” he asked.

Tropical Sno would be located in the city’s Lincoln Trail tax increment financing district, which contains a number of vacant stores and abandoned buildings. To bring his new building up to code, Campo applied for financial help from the Lincoln Trail’s “Facade Improvement Program.” That’s when he learned that the Lincoln Trail Redevelopment Plan, which has assets of $955,913 as of April 2011, has remained untouched since its creation.

The Fairview Heights City Administrator told the newspaper that the city is embroiled in several lawsuits with school districts and fire departments over the fund and it would be a “bad business practice” to disperse any money from it until these are settled. 

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C.Stoett says:
Apr-24-2012 03:14 am

If that businessman was
If that businessman was trying to make a statement, that 5 coloured building would definitely count as a loud statement. It is hard for businesses like his to survive if there were so many strict and costly regulations to adhere to. They need to be able to screen who needs to pay those charges, and who can be exempted. Christopher - Stoett

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Sears shareholders to own 80% of OSH

BY HBSDealer Staff

Reuters news service has reported that the shareholders of Sears Holding Corp. will end up with 80% of the common stock in Orchard Supply Hardware stores, following an attempt to spin off the California hardware chain into a separate unit.

According to a regulatory filing, every 22.14 shares of Sears stock will entitle a holder to get one class A share and one preferred share of the new, separate company. Orchard Supply recently renamed itself “Orchard” and embarked on an initiative to remodel its 89 stores, which stretch throughout California.

The new stock will be distributed on Dec. 30. The company said it intends to list its Class A common stock under the symbol ‘OSH’ on Nasdaq.

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Lowe’s pulls ad from Muslim reality show, faces backlash

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Lowe’s has decided to end its advertising campaign on the TLC show "All-American Muslim" after protests from Florida Family Association, a conservative Christian group, which posted this statement to its website:

“TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’ is propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.”

Lowe’s decision has garnered a significant amount of backlash. Since posting a statement to its Facebook page, the home improvement giant has received more than 10,000 comments. Some users have shown their support (“I am so glad that Lowe’s pulled their ads! I support you Lowes!”), while others are standing in strong opposition (“Your caving in to arrant bigotry is shameful and inexcusable.”) 

Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) has condemned the company’s decision and sent a letter to CEO Robert Niblock, calling for an apology:

“Lowe’s action is bigoted, shameful, and un-American. I call on Lowe’s to rescind its action and apologize to Americans who are Muslim. If Lowe’s continues its religious bigotry, I will encourage boycotts of Lowe’s and look into legislative remedies.” 

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C.Mott says:
Dec-13-2011 05:06 pm

Lowe's can advertise or pull
Lowe's can advertise or pull their advertisements from any media they chose. In general, from what I have seen, they have discontinued advertising from other mediums as well.

D.Gust says:
Dec-13-2011 04:39 pm

Lowes action is
Lowes action is unconscionable. They should be ashamed to call themselves an American company.

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