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Jacob Owens

Associate Editor, Delaware Business Times

  • 9 questions with Rob Buccini of Buccini/Pollin Group

    Rob Buccini, co-president of Buccini/Pollin Group, is a busy man. His real estate development, investment and management firm manages a $5 billion portfolio of apartment buildings, hotels, restaurants, and sports and entertainment venues and is believed to be the largest private landowner in the city of Wilmington. But even BPG wasn’t immune from the effects […]
  • Corporate caution may slow Wilmington’s recovery

    WILMINGTON – With Delaware now officially into Phase I of its recovery plan and Phase II targeted to start in just a few more days, many businesses statewide are beginning to breathe a sigh of relief that customers are walking through the door again. Businesses in downtown Wilmington, however, face a much more difficult road […]
  • Delaware weekly unemployment claims fall to lowest pandemic level

    WILMINGTON – Delaware’s unemployment claims volume fell to their lowest weekly total during the COVID-19 pandemic last week, as state labor officials also sought to fix errors related to its self-employed assistance program. Filings in the week of May 24-30 totaled 3,052 claims, a drop of more than 1,500 claims week-over-week, the Delaware Department of […]
  • Wilmington gains two new law firm offices

    WILMINGTON – The city will be home to two new offices from law firms Lewis Brisbois and Block & Leviton, both of which recruited experienced lawyers away from some of the city’s other firms. Los Angeles-based Lewis Brisbois recruited Francis G.X. Pileggi and Chauna A. Abner away from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, with Pileggi […]
  • Dover to lose a NASCAR race weekend in 2021

    DOVER – Dover Motorsports announced Wednesday that it will move one of its two NASCAR Cup Series races from Dover International Speedway to its racetrack in Nashville in 2021, ending Delaware’s nearly 50-year string of hosting two race weekends per year and costing the state tens of millions in tourism revenue. The news come amid […]
  • Solo Cup maker to relocate to Delaware City, bring 60+ jobs

    DELAWARE CITY – The first major tenant of the Delaware City Logistics Center is Dart Container, maker of the ubiquitous red Solo Cup as well as other Styrofoam and plastic food packaging containers and cutlery. The distribution center will create between 60 and 70 positions in Delaware, according to Margo Burrage, the Michigan-based company’s spokeswoman. […]
  • Carney eyes June 15 for start of Phase 2

    WILMINGTON – Gov. John Carney announced Tuesday that he is targeting June 15 for the start of Phase 2 in Delaware’s economic reopening, which raises occupancy and gathering limits, and allows childcare to all. The governor’s announcement came just one day after the state entered Phase 1 of the reopening plan and sticks to the […]
  • Delaware riots could have ripple effect on reopening plans

    Protests spurred by the killing of an unarmed black Minnesota man during an arrest by police deteriorated into rioting and looting in downtown Wilmington and the Dover Mall over the weekend, forcing retailers and restaurateurs to reassess their plans amid the economy’s reopening in Delaware that began in earnest Monday. On Saturday, demonstrators in Wilmington […]
  • BPG finds huge return on Newark-area office park

    NEWARK – Prolific Delaware investment firm and developer Buccini/Pollin Group (BPG) sold the last of its holdings in the Christiana Corporate Center in April, producing an estimated return on investment of more than 600% in five years. While BPG is perhaps known best for its investments in residential units, hotels, and restaurants in downtown Wilmington, […]
  • Delaware unemployment claims top 100K as filings slow

    WILMINGTON – Delaware broke a dramatic threshold last week when unemployment claims during the COVID-19 pandemic topped 100,000 despite recording the fewest number of weekly claims to date, state officials reported Thursday. Filings in the week of May 17-23 ended a one-week rise in claim totals, with the 4,651 claims being the fewest recorded in […]