Business Briefs: Cambridge Square manager moves in

Business Briefs: Cambridge Square manager moves in

January 17th, 2018 by Staff and Wire Reports in Business Around the Region

Cambridge Square is a mixed-use community in Ooltewah containing retail, restaurants and other local businesses.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Cambridge Square manager moves in

The Hawks Group LLC., will open a second location this spring at Cambridge Square, the Ooltewah mixed-use development that the Hawks Group began managing last year.

Jim and Lynda Hawks, owners of The Hawks Group LLC., currently manage the Volunteer Building along with 10 other properties in Chattanooga from their current office at 832 Georgia Avenue in downtown Chattanooga, which they will continue to operate.

The addition of the Cambridge buildings and grounds will bring the firm's total portfolio to 20 properties. The firm manages a property's daily operations, rent collection and tenant relations, and full-service accounting.

Prior to the formation of their own venture, Lynda Hawks was president and CFO and CEO of Luken Holdings Inc. and COO of Corker Properties.

"We were very pleased when the Hawks Group came on board earlier this year and we are very excited that they will now have a presence on site," said Cambridge Square Marketing and Leasing Director Jim Cheney.


25 employers hiring at today's JobFest

More than two dozen Chattanooga area employers will be conducting job interviews and hiring workers during a job fair today at the Chattanooga Times Free Press building, 400 E. 11th St. in downtown Chattanooga.

Employers from a variety of industries will be accepting job applications and scheduling employment interviews for full- and part-time positions in manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, general labor, professional positions and other fields.

The all-day job fair, which is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, is being conducted on the third floor of the Times Free Press building, two blocks east of Chattanooga City Hall.

Applicants are encouraged to register for the job fair at or sign up during the event to be eligible to win a $250 door prize.

Free parking in available for those attending the event across 11th Street from the Times Free Press building.


McDonald's plans more recycling

McDonald's says it aims to use all recycled or other environmentally friendly materials for its soda cups, Happy Meal boxes and other packaging by 2025.

The world's biggest burger chain also wants all of its 37,000 restaurants worldwide to recycle customer waste by that year.

It has a ways to go: The company says 50 percent of its packaging now comes from recycled or other environmentally friendly sources and about 10 percent of its restaurants recycle customer waste.

McDonald's Corp. says it is also seeking to use renewable materials or those certified as coming from responsibly managed forests.


Local gas prices rise in new year

Average retail gasoline prices in Chattanooga rose 6.2 cents per gallon last week, rising to $2.24 per gallon, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 170 gas outlets in Chattanooga.

Local gas prices are up 13.4 cents per gallon in the past month and are up 16.6 cents per gallon from a year ago. Local prices at the pump are up 61 cents per gallon from the same time two years ago, said.

But refueling in Chattanooga still averaged 28 cents per gallon less than the U.S. average and is still among the cheapest cities for gas in the MidSouth.

"With oil prices rallying to their highest level since 2014, it's no surprise that gasoline prices continue to show frustrating strength for this time of year," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "While winter is usually a time for modest declines at the pump, this year has seen anything but."

But DeHaan said gasoline production "remains very strong at a time of year when it tends to be weak, and that could open the door for some larger discounts in the weeks ahead" as refiners begin to move winter gasoline out of inventories to prepare for the transition to cleaner burning gasoline.