Friday, October 7, 2022

ICYMI this week: Kmart to close, Publix and panhandling

With dozens of headlines every day, it’s easy to miss some here and there.

Catch up and get in on the conversation with the most-read headlines from this past week:

Attention Kmart customers: Better shop now because this local store is closing

Greater Williamsburg’s only Kmart will soon close as its parent company files for bankruptcy. READ MORE

The Kmart on Waller Mill Road is one of 142 stores that will be closed as a part of a bankruptcy filing. (WYDaily/ Courtesy Google Maps)

Publix opened Wednesday. Here’s what it looks like inside

The new store in Monticello Marketplace is Publix’s first in Greater Williamsburg and the Virginia Peninsula. READ MORE

Publix opens in Monticello Marketplace Wednesday, Oct. 17. (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)
Publix opened in Monticello Marketplace Wednesday, Oct. 17. (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)

After a nearly a year, panhandling signs in Williamsburg haven’t seen an impact. Here’s why

Last December, motorists in Williamsburg saw signs go up that discouraged giving to panhandlers on the road. READ MORE

The signs tell motorists not give money to panhandlers, and a phone number at the bottom of each sign connects to the regional crisis housing hotline. (WYDaily/File photo)
The signs tell motorists not give money to panhandlers, and a phone number at the bottom of each sign connects to the regional crisis housing hotline. (WYDaily/File photo)

First Watch on track to open in New Town by end of October

First Watch operates 240 restaurants nationally and is known for its made-to-order breakfast, brunch and lunch. READ MORE

First Watch is opening in New Town Oct. 29.(WYDaily/ Andrew Harris)
First Watch is opening in New Town Oct. 29.(WYDaily/ Andrew Harris)

This local hotel clerk refused to rent a room to a woman unless she has sex with him, police say

The 22-year-old woman told police that when she approached the hotel’s on-duty clerk at the time to check into a room, he refused unless she would have sex with him. READ MORE

Kashif Ur Rehnan Sheikh, 35, was arrested on Oct. 14 for alleged sexual battery and solicitation of prostitution at the Clarion Hotel at the 3000 block of Richmond Road. (WYDaily/Google Maps)
Kashif Ur Rehnan Sheikh, 35, was arrested on Oct. 14 for alleged sexual battery and solicitation of prostitution at the Clarion Hotel at the 3000 block of Richmond Road. (WYDaily/Google Maps)
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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