Although the cost of gas was on the rise earlier this summer, prices across Virginia have remained relatively steady the past two weeks, according to the latest report from AAA Tidewater.
On Friday, Virginia motorists could expect to pay an average of $2.60 per gallon when fueling up, marking a marginal drop from last week’s average of $2.62. Despite the relative stagnation in pricing, the state average is still 45-cents more than this time last year.
Averages at gas stations in Hampton Roads paint the same picture, with Friday’s average being a nearly 3-cent drop from prices last month. Fuel-pricing website GasBuddy reports that motorists in Williamsburg can expect to see prices ranging from $2.52 to $2.69 per gallon.
According to the report, the steady gas prices could be due to a recent drop in consumer gasoline demand and a build up in gasoline inventories across the country, as reported by the Energy Information Administration.
“With prices staying flat, it suggests that gasoline supply and demand are in balance for the time being,” Georjeane Blumling, AAA Tidewater spokeswoman, said in a news release. “That’s not to say that we could not see spikes in demand closer to Labor Day as motorists squeeze in those final summer road trips.”
For up-to-date pricing information, visit gasprices.aaa.com.
James City County architectural firm GuernseyTingle reports the recent hiring of architectural engineers Antonina Pritchard, Logan Hall and Peyton Bright, who will will join the architecture, interior design and planning firm’s creative team.
The three new staff members come from diverse backgrounds, with some bringing a decade of experience to the firm while others are recent graduates.
According to the release, Pritchard is a recent graduate of Samara State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Samara, Russia, with a bachelor’s in architecture. Bright graduated from Virginia Tech earlier this year, and has previously served as an intern with Charlottesville’s Energy Alliance Program.
Hall, a Louisiana State University graduate, joins the firm with previous architectural experience with firms in Charlottesville and Baton Rouge, La.
Thomas Tingle, president of the firm, said the three new hires will work on architectural projects as far as South Florida and Texas, along with some development projects locally in Kingsmill.
“We helped Kingsmill with some redesign in Burwell’s Bluff, they’re also renovating the old Pettus House which is under construction right now and hopefully will be done in early fall,” he said.
Tingle also said the local architectural engineering and construction industry is doing fairly well in the current economic climate, which has allowed his firm to bring in recent grads.
“When we have somebody that happens to be moving to the area, we usually try to find out what their skillset is and if we think there’s a fit, we reach out and see if there’s an opportunity to have them work here,” Tingle said. “It’s a good time to be in business.”
For more information, visit guernseytingle.com.
Cindy Sarko has recently joined Busch Gardens Williamsburg as its new spokeswoman.
While the park’s owner, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, would not comment on recent changes in specific positions or specific parks, corporate director of communications Travis Claytor wrote that 125 employees across the company have been let go as part of a staff restructuring effort.
“On Aug. 7, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. implemented a company-wide restructuring program to better position it for continued growth and financial success. As part of this program, approximately 125 positions across the company will be impacted,” Claytor wrote in a statement to the Gazette. “For those employees who will be impacted by this restructure, we are offering severance benefits and transition assistance.”
Area commercial real estate firm RJS & Associates Inc., has announced a number of new lease transactions in the Greater Williamsburg area:
» Lightfoot Antique Mall and Country General Store, Inc. leased 5,000 square feet of retail space in the Candy Factory development at 6623 Richmond Road. The Antique Mall, previously in Toano, opened early July in its new location. Joe Singley represented the landlord in the negotiations for the transaction.
» Personal training and fitness center Power Endurance System, LLC has leased 4,460 square feet of space in the Candle Factory development at 7521 Richmond Road. Joe Singley represented the landlord in the negotiations for the transaction.
» Shapes to Come Fitness, LLC, also known as 9Round, has leased 1,365 square feet in the Monticello Shopping Center located directly across from the Midtown Row development. As previously reported, 9Round will open a circuit kickboxing workout facility at the location. Bobby Singley represented the tenant in the lease negotiations.
» Brittani N. Baldwin leased a 460-square-foot office suite in the SunTrust Building located at 4801 Courthouse Street in New Town, with plans to open her new law practice Baldwin Family Law, PLLC later this year. Joe Singley represented the landlord in the negotiations for the transaction.
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