Three possibilities in a Sprint/cable tie-up

Sprint Corp. reportedly agreed to exclusive talks with Charter Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp., according to an anonymously sourced report by the Wall Street Journal. A Sprint (NYSE: S) spokesman stated Friday night the Overland Park-based carrier was “not commenting one way or the other” on discussions.

In May, Philadelphia-based Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) and Stanford, Conn.-based Charter (Nasdaq: CHTR) agreed to cooperate with their respective wireless businesses, with an interesting caveat:…

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Big area mall's $200M loan transferred to special servicing

The Kansas City Star reports that the owner for Independence Center doesn’t expect to pay off a $200 million loan on the mall.

Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. (NYSE: SPG) has owned Independence Center since 1994. According to the Star, the loan matures on July 10 and has been transferred to a special servicer.

Independence Center, which currently has more than 130 stores, ranked fourth on the Kansas City Business Journal’s list of top area shopping centers in 2011, with 1.03 million…

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Blanc Burgers + Bottles serves up last meal

Once named one of Missouri’s best burgers, Blanc Burgers + Bottles has closed its final location.

The restaurant, which opened its first location in Westport in 2008, is now closed, the Shawnee Mission Post reports. Blanc opened its second location in Mission Farms, which is a Leawood mixed-use development that is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.

According to the Shawnee Mission Post, a sign in the window of the Mission Farms restaurant read:

“After almost 10 years in business Blanc…

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WSJ: Sprint enters talks with Charter, Comcast

Sprint Corp. has agreed to exclusive talks with Charter Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp., The Wall Street Journal reports. The article, based on unnamed sources, said Overland Park-based Sprint (NYSE: S) has agreed to talk about combinations exclusively with the two cable companies for a two-month period.

While much of the speculation has been about some form of merger between Sprint and T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (NYSE: TMUS), any such effort will have to wait, according to the report.

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