Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hello, Hollywood Video: Chain Plans Stores Here

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hello, Hollywood Video: Chain Plans Stores Here

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VIDEO FLASHES: Look for the Portland, Oregon-based chain of 200 Hollywood Video stores to establish a beachhead here. Company brass are in town now, charting the opening of at least six superstores. . . .

Former alderman and television exec Steve Roberts and Pet Inc. golden parachutee Ray Deriggi are negotiating to purchase St. Louis Lithographing Co. Insiders have it that the price looms at about $30 million. If the deal is completed, the firm will become the largest minority-owned print shop in the nation.

NEWSOME TWOSOME: Charles Bussey Jr. and Mark Turken are huddling to do housing in part of LaClede Town. They already have a project under construction in the vicinity of Vandeventer Avenue at Delmar Boulevard. . . .

Some staffers with the St. Louis County Port Authority are doing double-takes upon checking out the proposal for Casino America at I-367 and the Missouri River. Whyzat? Because the name of investor Tom Green is identified as an attorney. Green hasn't practiced law in about 30 years. Other investors are Ray Barrett and Allan Hoffman (each with 10 percent). As attorney for the group, Green will not be required to complete the 65-or-so-page disclosure of his net worth and its source.

FULL OF IT: Execs of the local division of the American Cancer Society were nonplussed this week to receive the following instructions in a memo from Brenda Neely, director of Income Development, about the third phase of a new income development plan. The memo read: "This phase is C.R.A.P. (Crusade Retreat for Assessment and Planning). It will be held in a retreat-type setting at the Lake of the Ozarks, Tan-Tar-A Resort. C.R.A.P. will begin at noon, July 27 and conclude at noon, July 28. Travel expenses will be covered by the division."

READ ON: It was standing room only last week at the grand opening of Trattoria Marcella on Watson Road. Bossman Steve Komorek (formerly of Piccolo's and David Slay's La Veranda) held court behind the ovens, while his aunt and uncle, Ann Slay and 23rd Ward Democratic Committeeman Francis Slay, fawned over the gourmet pizza and lamb chops cacciatore. …

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