Business Magazine Debuts

Doug Jackson of Woodbridge loves talking about business so much that he's starting a business magazine.

Jackson, president of Bimaritus Media Corp., plans to launch Prince William Business magazine next month.

The first issue of the color magazine is expected to hit more than 14,000 mailboxes in the county the first week of September. The free glossy magazine will feature profiles of two local businesses, advice for small-business owners and news of employee promotions at local companies, among other items.

"This is going to focus on the true mainstream small business that employs the highest percentage of workers not only in this area, but the rest of the U.S.A.," Jackson said.

Jackson, a longtime reader of business magazines, has wanted to publish a local business magazine for several years.

"I love business, and I like to talk business," Jackson said. "Some people talk sports."

Last year, Jackson purchased Bimaritus, which also publishes the Community Connection, an entertainment magazine reaching about 100,000 households in the county by mail. Five different editions target specific Prince William-area communities, with the recent addition of Manassas.

While expanding in Prince William, Jackson dropped a Stafford County edition.

Road Expansion Complete

The New Wellington Road is just 1,400 linear feet, but for Gainesville residents the $7.9 million link between Linton Hall and Wellington roads could shave several minutes off their daily commute by diverting traffic.

The Peterson Cos. constructed the road, which cost $5,642 per linear foot and separates its Virginia Gateway mixed-use development from its planned residential development. The road's grand opening was last week.

The shopping center is on about 500 acres that Peterson purchased more than a decade ago with the goal of building retail space and offices for the Walt Disney Co., which planned to build a theme park nearby. Opposition to the amusement park prompted Disney to call off its plans, and thus Peterson canceled the office space.

When the tech boom came to Prince William, Peterson planned a data center for the property -- but then the tech bubble burst.

The company focused on bringing retail to the growing area, and in 1999, Giant Food opened a grocery store at Virginia Gateway. Other stores and services followed.

Unemployment Dips

Prince William County's preliminary unemployment rate in June fell slightly to 2.9 percent, compared with 3 percent during the same month a year ago. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5,324 people in the county were unemployed in June in a labor force of 186,636.

Applebee's Expands

A new Applebee's restaurant opened at 3330 Pinebluff Dr. in Dumfries last week.

Building Changes Hands

Piedmont Square Development LLC recently purchased a 22,000-square-foot building at 9324 West St. in Manassas from the consortium of Grant Avenue Associates LC for $2.9 million. Grubb & Ellis represented the buyer.

-- JENALIA MORENO

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