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July 31, 2021

Shoe Palace purchased by British company

British company JD Sports Fashion announced Dec. 14 that it acquired Morgan Hill-based Shoe Palace for $325 million. Shoe Palace was established in 1993 by the Mersho family and currently has 167 stores, the vast majority of which trade under the Shoe Palace banner. More...

Caldwell’s Comics & Cards opens in downtown Gilroy

In his quest to bring superheroes to downtown Gilroy, David Caldwell got a lift from some everyday heroes. While hanging the awning in front of his new store, Caldwell was approached by a man and his young child, who volunteered to help with the effort....

Motion control company breaks ground in Morgan Hill

Watsonville-based Applied Motion Products broke ground on its new headquarters in Morgan Hill on Aug. 6. The facility, now under construction in the Madrone Business Park in north Morgan Hill, will consolidate all of the company’s U.S. operations, which are currently conducted in two separate...

Bike Therapy named best bike shop for second time

Bike Therapy in Morgan Hill earned the title of “America’s Best Bicycle Shops” for the second year in a row.

Delivery center proposed in Gilroy

Amazon is expected to be the tenant of a proposed delivery center at the intersection of Highway 152 and Camino Arroyo, adding to a sizable investment the online retail and web services giant is making in Gilroy and Hollister. According to conceptual plans submitted to...

Businesses, churches urge safe reopening

Business owners, city leaders and faith-based organizations implored the county health department Sept. 14 to give them a “fighting chance” to survive the pandemic by allowing indoor operations to resume safely. The Silicon Valley Chamber Coalition joined dozens of Bay Area faith organizations and small...

Property tax relief available for businesses impacted by Covid-19

The Santa Clara County Assessor’s Office is offering temporary property tax relief to businesses affected by Covid-19. “This recession is very different than the 2008 Great Recession when we reduced the property assessments of 136,000 homes,” County Assessor Larry Stone said. “The 2008 Recession was...

Garlic production kicks off, alleviates nationwide shortage

Garlic is back. For now, at least. Christopher Ranch in Gilroy announced that its garlic harvest season kicked off last week, and the 100 million pounds of its California-grown product will soon fill store shelves nationwide, providing relief for grocers and fans of the so-called...

Children’s Business Fair scheduled for July 31 in Morgan Hill

Local kids will get a chance to learn what it’s like to launch a startup business at the Acton Children’s Business Fair, scheduled for July 31 on the grounds of the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center. Children participating in the fair will have the...

‘Place branding’ grants offered for outdoor businesses

Through a new “Place Branding Partnership” grant program, the City of Morgan Hill aims to work with local business owners to commit to a long-term future of outdoor activity as the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines drag on with no end in sight.