Burlington Coat Factory opens in city

A Burlington Coat Factory Outlet has opened in the El Con regional shopping center.

The coat retailer opened Friday, March 5, in a space formerly occupied by Dillard's. It is the first Burlington Coat Factory store in Tucson, and the sixth in Arizona.

The location employs 70 people in sales and management. It has more than 65,000 square feet of space.

The address is 3601 E. Broadway Blvd.


Proprietor of OV's 'The Loop' earns state recognition

An Oro Valley restaurateur has been named a 2010 Success Award winner by the Arizona Small Business Development Centers network.

Mark Rusin, proprietor of The Loop, Taste of Chicago on Oracle Road, is being recognized for his personal success, "and the positive impact you and your fellow winners have had on your communities and Arizona's economy," according to a letter form State Director Janice C. Washington.

Awards are being presented Tuesday, March 23, at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix.


Summit Hut marking its 40th year

Summit Hut, the local recreation equipment business started by Dave Baker while he was a student at Catalina High School, is marking its 40th anniversary in March.

The business, with one location on Wetmore near the Tucson Mall, is holding a two-day celebration March 13-14, during its annual Spring Sale and Outdoor Expo.

"We are taking this opportunity to expand on our wildly popular annual tent sale to create an educational experience for our loyal visitors," a release said. "It is our obligation, as a locally owned and locally grown retailer, to make sure we educate any inquisitive person who steps into our store."

Attendees can vote on which outdoor-focused non-profits are the fall recipients of Summit Hut's Decline-a-Bag program. Customers can choose not to take a bag for their purchase, and in turn the company donates the cost of the bag to one of two selected charities. In the year since the program began, thousands of bags have been saved, and donations to local organizations approach $2,000.

For more information, contact Frank Camp at 520.618.1482 or via e-mail at frank@summithut.com.

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