Updated: 2018’s top 50 stories (based on page views)

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With the Delaware Business Nownewsletter taking a break over the holidays, it ’s afitting time to look back on the top stories of 2018.

The ranking is based on page views and typically involves stories that were not covered (at least at first) by legacy media.

The ranking leaves out pivotal news events such as the merger-spinoff at DowDuPont and the demolition of the Boxwood GM plant site (No. 52). The site will become a logistics center.

The top post came over the summer when the Blood Bank of Delmarva declared an emergency as reserves fell below the seven-day level. The good news was that the legacy media did pick up on the activity and came up with stories of their own that helped attract donors.

Topicsran the gamut and included plans to redevelop the College Square Shopping Center in Newark, Sears closing its Prices Corner store, the opening of the LA Fitness Center in Bear, a 1916 post on the technology hub at JP Morgan Chase in north Wilmington and the tragic fire at Willey Farms in southern New Castle County.

Readers continued to like “what’s new” stories that included store, restaurant and entertainment openings. Whte collar crime also attracted page views.

The most viewed Our View was a look at the life of Meredith Chapman, the beloved social media pioneer at the University of Delaware who left us far too soon.

Another post that continued to draw page views was the 2016 closing of Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse, near Christiana Hospital. The home of the talking moose is now part of Miller’s Ale House, a sports bar-restaurant chain.

Here are the top 50:

    1. Blood Bank declares an emergency as reserves fall below the 7-day level
    2. Wilmington ranked as the 5th most dangerous city
    3. State Police using non-traditional vehicles in an effort to detect distracting driving
    4. College Square redevelopment announced
    5. Sears rolls out going out of business ads for a store for Prices Corner location
    6. Main Event, bowling-entertainment complex in Christiana to open on March 6
    7. Updated: Family members from New Jersey killed in Delaware Route 1 crash
    8. An inside look at the JPMorgan Chase tech hub
    9. (Updated) Hurricane Florence weakens as heavy rains continue.
    10. LA Fitness chain opens sign-up center as work continues on first Delaware location
    11. (Updated) Former UD marketing director remembered
    12. Top Trending: Safeway to shutter Naamans and Foulk Road store in early November
    13. Family member, former executive of company to buy DuPont Country Club
    14. DSM Commercial announces new tenants for Simons Corner in Smyrna
    15. Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse closes its doors
    16. Wingstop to land first Delaware store in Bear
    17. Our view: Firestone Roasting House getting a new name
    18. Congressional delegation to bring job fair to Kent County
    19. American Airlines adding flights to Zurich, Prague and other destinations
    20. Update: ATF at scene of fire that destroyed Townsend’s Willey Farms
    21. ATF seeks suspect, offers reward, after device reportedly ignites blaze at Dollar Tree
    22. Wooden Wheels bike shop will return on April 7
    23. Undercover prostitution sting at Newark hotel leads to 6 arrests
    24. Milford doctor faces federal indictment for allegedly operating ‘pill mill’
    25. Developer of former Claymont steel site donates 15.5 acres for rail station
    26. Steak ‘n Shake plans location in Middletown
    27. Troopers say fight, broken glass apparently triggered shooting report at Christiana Mall
    28. Delaware DMV announces five-digit tag release day will be Nov. 7
    29. Auction announced as Don Pablo’s says adios to Christiana restaurant
    30. (Update) Fashion Center adding Starbucks, Qdoba, Jersey Mike’s, Famous Footwear
    31. Fast-growing Greene Turtle opening Monday on Concord Pike
    32. What you need to know about getting into the food truck business
    33. Newark Police arrest Wilmington man on home improvement fraud, drug charges
    34. Former chief deputy to file in Attorney General’s race
    35. Update: Formosa Plastics to close Delaware City plant
    36. Delaware restaurateur David Weir dies
    37. Closing of Walther Road in Bear for bridge work will add to congestion
    38. Updated: Ashland to move headquarters to Wilmington
    39. (Photo gallery) Hotel & Lodging Association honors award winners
    40. Waite returns to morning drive at WJBR
    41. DowDuPont warns investors about a mini-tender scheme
    42. Yes, a limited variety of fireworks are legal in Delaware
    43. Partner at Wilmington pizzeria gets 2 years for tax fraud
    44. Aldi to open first store in Wilmington area
    45. Peruvian chicken chain to open restaurant in Christiana
    46. Last call for Tailgates in Ogletown
    47. 2018 Delaware Entrepreneurship Summit
    48. Massive Comcast outage reported; Del. customers say service is back
    49. DuPont shutting down product line at Chambers Works
    50. Blue Hen B&B co-owner Amy Eschenbrenner dies
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