Missouri Minute: Shop ‘n Save workers face layoffs; Northwest Medical Isotopes gets tax break for new Columbia plant

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

More than 1,300 workers face layoffs when Shop ‘n Save stores close

A total of 1,367 Shop ‘n Save workers will lose their jobs over the next couple months if a buyer doesn’t emerge for the 16 stores the Kirkwood-based discount grocer isn’t selling to Schnuck Markets Inc. The news follows this week’s announcement that St. Louis-based Schnucks will acquire 19 Shop ‘n Save stores in the area. Read more

Northwest Medical Isotopes gets tax break for new Columbia plant

Northwest Medical Isotopes received final approval Thursday for Chapter 100 property tax abatement on a new facility it plans to build at the Discovery Ridge Research Park in Columbia. The Boone County Commission approved a 50 percent reduction in property taxes over 10 years for the plant, which is expected to cost $108 million and create 104 new jobs. Read more

Gremlin Social acquiring two software companies

Gremlin Social, a St. Louis company that makes social media management and compliance software for the financial services industry, has announced two acquisitions aimed at expanding the functionality of its core product. Gremlin is buying VidVerify, which makes a video-based communication tool for mortgage lenders, and Insight CRM, which makes social media management software, according to a press release. Read more

Crews moving earth moving on long-awaited redevelopment in suburban KC

Preliminary work has started at the $200 million Mission Gateway development in Mission, Kansas, but the city council there also approved a delay in tax incentives for the long-awaited project. Crews will have install “footings and foundation” on the site by the end of October, according to Korb Maxwell, an attorney for the project’s developer. It’s the first sign of tangible progress toward redeveloping the 16-acre site, which has been vacant since 2005. Read more

Wonders of Wildlife complex reports 1.6 million visitors in first year

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium marked its first anniversary this week, and the facility saw 1.6 million visitors in its first year of operation, management announced. Springfield Mayor Ken McClure said the facility was “a game changer” for tourism in the city. Read more

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