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Companies eager to buy into Vegas growth

Furniture retailer IKEA, which recently closed on land along the 215 Beltway, isn’t the only company that is recognizing the Las Vegas metro market as a great place for growth.

Here are three stories that make the point:

Delivered Dish

Albuquerque, N.M.-based Delivered Dish, a food delivery and catering service, is set to expand its operations into Las Vegas after purchasing Nevada’s Roadrunner Food Delivery.

Last year, Delivered Dish merged with another Albuquerque-based food delivery service, Just Dine In. The company works with more than 1,000 restaurants in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, California, Oregon, and now Nevada, to deliver food to corporate and residential customers.

Roadrunner Food Delivery customers can now take advantage of new service offerings such as reordering and order tracking as a result of the merger.

“It’s a very exciting time for us to be able to expand into another huge market,” Delivered Dish partner Ron Patel told Albuquerque Business First.

ClassPass

Sin City fitness enthusiasts have a reason to celebrate as ClassPass announced its expansion into the Las Vegas market.

ClassPass members can visit each participating boutique fitness studio three times a month and have access to more than 1,000 classes for a monthly fee of $79.

Las Vegas studios include Sweat Squared, Pure Barre and Surfset, among others.

“We are excited to make a positive impact in the Las Vegas community by providing users with a membership program that represents a complete lifestyle revamp,” Chief Executive Officer Payal Kadakia said in a statement. “From spinning to CrossFit to yoga and barre, your workout options are endless.”

ClassPass is available in 20 cities including New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Hometown Health

Northern Nevada health insurance provider, Hometown Health, has purchased OneHealth, a preferred provider organization that covers Las Vegas and the surrounding areas.

“The purchase of OneHealth will allow us to operate more efficiently and create further opportunities to meet customers’ needs,” Hometown Health CEO Ty Windfeldt said in a statement. “As more Nevada companies expand their employee base to northern and southern Nevada, Hometown Health will have more comprehensive products available.”

Hometown Health, a Reno-based insurance division of Renown Health, is a not-for-profit insurance company that has provided medical coverage since 1988. Las Vegas-based OneHealth is provider network that identifies high performing physicians with innovative programs in an effort to produce a cost effective health care delivery system.

Windfeldt said that the purchase of OneHealth won’t affect Hometown Health’s business practice. It will give them access to an owned provider network in Southern Nevada and offer Hometown Health’s current customers more control and flexibility.

“OneHealth was developed based on the current demand from the market to have a product that is different from what is offered in the marketplace today,” Shelli Lara, previous CEO of OneHealth, said in a statement. “

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Financial cheating?

Keeping financial secrets seems to be a more common practice.

According to a CreditCards.com report, 7.2 million Americans have hidden a bank or credit card account from their live-in spouse or partner and one in five Americans have spent $500 or more without telling their partner.

“These secrets are a recipe for disaster,” Matt Schulz, CreditCards.com’s senior industry analyst, said in a statement. “If you and your significant other aren’t honest with each other about what you’re spending, you never really know how much money you have and that can lead to big problems.”

Financial secrets can lead to added stress on a relationship, increased credit card debt and the inability to draft an accurate household budget.

The survey, conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, also found that men were likelier to hide a bank or credit card account from partners and spend $500 or more without telling them.

The biggest secret spenders have annual household incomes between $50,000 and $74,999 and are ages 18 to 29.

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