Kimberly Pierceall, The Virginian-Pilot

Kimberly Pierceall

The Virginian-Pilot

Norfolk, VA, United States

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Past articles by Kim:

Norfolk ponders tearing down MacArthur Center mall in 2030 plan for downtown

Until the mall's owner, Starwood, and its debtholders decide what to do with it, nothing will happen. → Read More

Virginians still waiting months for unemployment benefits after waiting on hold for hours

Some Virginians who first sought unemployment benefits in November and December were still waiting for payments as recently as the first week of March. → Read More

Dollar Tree launches new store concept, announces $25.5 billion in sales last year

The new store design that's targeting small towns with a few thousand people, carves a single storefront in half with one side carrying Family Dollar items and the other featuring Dollar Tree, with both brand names featured prominently on the outside. → Read More

Virginia to allow up to $100,000 in business expense deductions for recipients of some COVID relief

The tax change was part of a normally uncontroversial annual tax conformity bill that lays out how the state will follow or depart from IRS federal tax filing rules. → Read More

Apple store at MacArthur Center mall in Norfolk to close

The maker of iPhones and iPads opened a location at the mall in 2006. Now, the only remaining Apple store in Hampton Roads will be at the Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia Beach. → Read More

First-time unemployment filings fell in Virginia last week

Adding up claims for both traditional unemployment benefits and pandemic-related relief, the number of Virginians seeking some form of unemployment fell to below 300,000 for the first time as of Feb. 13. → Read More

Virginia Beach’s Liberty Tax to be sold for $243 million, will offer consumer loans through LoanMe

The buyer, Canada-based NextPoint Acquisition Corp., was formed in mid-June with the goal of buying businesses in the alternative lending and financial services sector. The sale is expected to close in the second quarter of this year and is dependent on NextPoint also completing the purchase of LoanMe, an online seller of consumer loans based in Anaheim, Calif. that has been criticized for its… → Read More

Virginia, U.S. see uptick in new unemployment filings last week

The number of Virginians seeking new claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance jumped 28% last week to 3,553 compared with the week prior. → Read More

Italian aircraft carrier comes to Norfolk to train for new F-35B aircraft

The crew is expected to stay on board because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Before arriving, the carrier was met in the Atlantic Ocean by the crew of the Norfolk-based USS Stout destroyer to conduct three days of exercises. → Read More

Norfolk airport traffic still down by more than half amid pandemic in January

Until vaccination rates are higher, the airport expects travel demand to continue to lag amid the global health pandemic. There were 803 fewer departing flights in January than there were a year ago. → Read More

Regal movie theater in Virginia Beach Town Center gets new lease to reopen

The lease is only good through the end of the year, at which time Regal will need to decide if they want to return to business as usual or if they want to walk away. → Read More

Virginians who ran out of unemployment benefits could see new payments as early as Thursday

The Virginia Employment Commission said it would be ready to re-launch the federal Pandemic Extended Unemployment Compensation program beginning Tuesday at 4 p.m. → Read More

Another roaring 20s? Defense spending and vaccines will drive Hampton Roads’ economic recovery, say ODU economists

“There could be a significant possibility that this could be another roaring 20′s,” if the country plays its COVID-19 vaccine cards right, said Old Dominion University economist Robert McNab. → Read More

Sports betting comes to Virginia, with FanDuel first to win permit

While Virginia had anticipated approving permits for sports betting operations by January after 25 operators applied, just FanDuel alone had been approved for a temporary permit as of Wednesday. The state must approve at least four and no more than 12 permits. → Read More

A Hampton Roads mental health practice closed suddenly, leaving staff and patients scrambling

Christian Psychotherapy Services had more than 100 employees and thousands of patients spread across four offices in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News and Suffolk. It closed without warning Jan. 8. → Read More

Initial unemployment claims jumped in Virginia last week

The Virginia Employment Commission, which released the weekly data Thursday, said the spike could have been due to seasonal hiring patterns after the holidays. → Read More

New owner of tolled tunnels linking Portsmouth and Norfolk suspends toll hike in 2021

The rates are currently $1.85 or $2.33 per trip for passenger cars and motorcycles with an E-ZPass transponder, depending on the time of travel, or $5.54 or $6.02 for those without. → Read More

In Virginia Beach, Santa waits inside a snow globe for visitors

In Virginia Beach, he’s had his own bubble, a large inflatable snow globe in the heart of Town Center. There, the North Pole’s finest can still radiate some warmth and love through his plastic shell in what’s become a three-to-four-hour one-man stage show with brief intermissions for a milkshake break. → Read More

Virginia businesses that laid off, furloughed workers during pandemic won’t face tax penalty

Taxes on employers fill the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund, which pays out benefits to those who find themselves out of work and eligible. → Read More

Virginia shouldn’t expect economic recovery until 2022, ODU economists say

“Permanent unemployment is rising faster than during the Great Recession, suggesting that a recovery may take years, not months,” according to Old Dominion University's annual State of the Commonwealth report. → Read More