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Car dealer buys lot in Mishawaka

Glenbrook Automotive Group of Fort Wayne has acquired a Chrysler dealership in Mishawaka for an undisclosed sum.

Owner Doug McKibben obtained Hall Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep this month. He will partner with longtime business associate Mark Shoe in operating the lot, which eventually will have 300 new and used vehicles.

“The market is fabulous right now, and we didn’t have to do anything to the dealership because it looks great, very modern,” Shoe said. “We are looking to fill a few key positions, like service manager and sales manager. We’re pleased.”

The business has about 50 workers.

Shoe, a Grand Rapids, Mich., native, has more than 20 years of industry experience, while long-time veteran McKibben has at least 40 years of experience.

The dealership will be called Michiana Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Besides co-owning the dealership, Shoe will serve as general manager.

McKibben was unavailable Thursday for comment.

Weekly jobless claims decline by 42,000

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 42,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 338,000, the biggest drop since November 2012. But economists say the figures from late November and December are warped by seasonal volatility around the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

The Labor Department reported Thursday that the less-volatile four-week average rose 4,250 to 348,000.

Claims had jumped 75,000 over the two weeks that ended Dec. 14 before plunging last week. The Labor Department struggles to account for seasonal hiring by retailers and other businesses and for temporary layoffs of cafeteria workers and other employees at schools that close for the holidays.

McDonald’s to close employee website

McDonald’s Corp. has shut down a website intended to provide employees with work and life guidance after it generated negative publicity for the fast-food company.

The McResource program has been criticized for creating unrealistic budgets and offering advice that was out of touch with its workers’ pay.

The website, which was run by an outside company, also reportedly discouraged workers from eating fast food.

McDonald’s, based in Oak Brook, Ill., said Thursday that it is having its vendor take down the website because links to irrelevant or outdated information, along with observers taking elements out of context, have created “unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary.”

Delta to honor cheap mistake fares

Some lucky fliers capitalized on a computer glitch Thursday and scored some really cheap flights on Delta Air Lines.

From about 10 a.m. to noon, certain Delta fares on the airline’s own website and other airfare booking sites were showing up incorrectly, offering some savvy bargain hunters incredible deals.

A roundtrip flight between Cincinnati and Minneapolis for February was being sold for just $25.05 and a roundtrip between Cincinnati and Salt Lake City for $48.41. The correct price for both of those fares is more than $400.

Trebor Banstetter, a spokesman for the Atlanta-based airline, said the problem has been fixed, but “Delta will honor any fares purchased at the incorrect price.”

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