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Gary Dinges

Entertainment/retail reporter

Gary Dinges covers bars/restaurants, movies, music, radio and TV -- plus a bunch of other fun stuff -- for the Austin American-Statesman. He joined the American-Statesman in 1999 and has, over the years, worked as editor of austin360.com, a content producer on statesman.com, editor of the Lake Travis View community newspaper and a copy editor/page designer. A native of The Woodlands, just north of Houston, and a graduate of the University of Texas, Gary began his journalism career while still in high school, working as a reporter at The Woodlands Villager newspaper. While Mom and Dad are quite proud of the many awards Gary has won, they're not listed here because he’s pretty sure you couldn't care less.

Latest from Gary Dinges

Report: Walmart won’t make rival bid for Whole Foods
 A week after Amazon unveiled plans to acquire Austin-based Whole Foods Market in a deal valued at $13.7 billion, Walmart has decided it won’t put in a rival bid, according to published reports. The Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant is one of several companies that had reportedly been looking at trying to match or beat Amazon&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

A week after Amazon unveiled plans to acquire Austin-based Whole Foods Market in a deal valued at $13.7 billion, Walmart has decided it won’t put in a rival bid, according to published reports. The Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant is one of several companies that had reportedly been looking at trying to match or beat Amazon&rsquo...
Walmart won’t submit rival bid for Whole Foods, report says
 A week after Amazon unveiled plans to acquire Austin-based Whole Foods Market in a deal valued at $13.7 billion, Walmart has decided it won’t put in a rival bid, according to published reports. The Arkansas-based discount chain is one of several companies that had reportedly been looking at trying to match or beat Amazon’s $42-per-share...

Posted: 2 days ago

A week after Amazon unveiled plans to acquire Austin-based Whole Foods Market in a deal valued at $13.7 billion, Walmart has decided it won’t put in a rival bid, according to published reports. The Arkansas-based discount chain is one of several companies that had reportedly been looking at trying to match or beat Amazon’s $42-per-share...
Downtown club Speakeasy sues landlord, claims bogus eviction bid
 The owners of Speakeasy are heading to court, claiming their landlord is trying to force the popular bar out of its current location under false pretenses. Rally in the Alley Limited, the entity that owns Speakeasy, filed suit in Travis County’s 419th District Court on Monday against Bears & Sons USA LLC, asking a judge to intervene...

Posted: 4 days ago

The owners of Speakeasy are heading to court, claiming their landlord is trying to force the popular bar out of its current location under false pretenses. Rally in the Alley Limited, the entity that owns Speakeasy, filed suit in Travis County’s 419th District Court on Monday against Bears & Sons USA LLC, asking a judge to intervene...
Low-cost German grocers Aldi, Lidl plan Central Texas stores
 German grocery chains Aldi and Lidl have their eyes on Central Texas as part of aggressive plans to expand across the United States Both chains are known for their low prices, offering an assortment of primarily generic store brands. Lidl, in its marketing materials, claims shoppers can save as much as 50 percent compared to a traditional...

Posted: 5 days ago

German grocery chains Aldi and Lidl have their eyes on Central Texas as part of aggressive plans to expand across the United States Both chains are known for their low prices, offering an assortment of primarily generic store brands. Lidl, in its marketing materials, claims shoppers can save as much as 50 percent compared to a traditional...
Analyst: Whole Foods won’t be Amazon’s only big deal
 Many people were surprised when online retail giant Amazon.com on Friday announced plans for a $13.7 billion acquisition of Austin-based Whole Foods Market. Ryan Deiss wasn’t one of them. The founder and CEO of Austin-based DigitalMarketer.com said he’d been expecting Amazon to make a brick-and-mortar purchase for...

Posted: 6 days ago

Many people were surprised when online retail giant Amazon.com on Friday announced plans for a $13.7 billion acquisition of Austin-based Whole Foods Market. Ryan Deiss wasn’t one of them. The founder and CEO of Austin-based DigitalMarketer.com said he’d been expecting Amazon to make a brick-and-mortar purchase for...
Denver TV exec to lead KVUE’s newsroom
Tim Ryan (KVUE photo) A new boss will soon be calling the shots in the KVUE newsroom. The city’s ABC affiliate has hired Tim Ryan to serve as news director.

Posted: 6 days ago

Tim Ryan (KVUE photo) A new boss will soon be calling the shots in the KVUE newsroom. The city’s ABC affiliate has hired Tim Ryan to serve as news director.
Whole Foods, an Austin original, is snapped up by Amazon
 Austin’s homegrown grocer has joined the e-commerce corporate world. Whole Foods Market, which got its start nearly four decades ago with a single store on a flood-prone stretch of North Lamar Boulevard, is being acquired by Amazon in an all-cash deal valued at $13.7 billion, the two companies said Friday. Whole Foods, which...

Posted: 9 days ago

Austin’s homegrown grocer has joined the e-commerce corporate world. Whole Foods Market, which got its start nearly four decades ago with a single store on a flood-prone stretch of North Lamar Boulevard, is being acquired by Amazon in an all-cash deal valued at $13.7 billion, the two companies said Friday. Whole Foods, which...
Amazon buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion
 Austin-based Whole Foods Market is being acquired by Amazon in an all-cash deal valued at $13.7 billion, the two companies announced Friday. Amazon had looked at Whole Foods last year, but initially decided not to make an offer. PHOTOS: WHOLE FOODS THROUGH THE YEARS The online giant will pay $42 per share — 27 percent more than Thursday&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

Austin-based Whole Foods Market is being acquired by Amazon in an all-cash deal valued at $13.7 billion, the two companies announced Friday. Amazon had looked at Whole Foods last year, but initially decided not to make an offer. PHOTOS: WHOLE FOODS THROUGH THE YEARS The online giant will pay $42 per share — 27 percent more than Thursday&rsquo...
In interview, Whole Foods CEO calls agitators ‘greedy bastards’
 Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey comes out swinging in a new Texas Monthly interview, calling the agitators who’ve pushed for the Austin-based grocer to make a host of changes – including possibly putting itself up for sale – “greedy bastards” looking to make a quick buck. Mackey tells the magazine he was just...

Posted: 11 days ago

Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey comes out swinging in a new Texas Monthly interview, calling the agitators who’ve pushed for the Austin-based grocer to make a host of changes – including possibly putting itself up for sale – “greedy bastards” looking to make a quick buck. Mackey tells the magazine he was just...
JUST IN: Ride Austin lowers fares to better compete with Uber, Lyft
 Homegrown ride-hailing service Ride Austin said Tuesday that it has lowered prices to better compete with competitors Uber and Lyft. The move comes after Ride Austin reported a significant drop in ridership since the two companies returned to Austin on Memorial Day. The first week Uber and Lyft were back, Ride Austin says its drivers gave...

Posted: 12 days ago

Homegrown ride-hailing service Ride Austin said Tuesday that it has lowered prices to better compete with competitors Uber and Lyft. The move comes after Ride Austin reported a significant drop in ridership since the two companies returned to Austin on Memorial Day. The first week Uber and Lyft were back, Ride Austin says its drivers gave...
JPMorgan Chase pulls ads as Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview sparks controversy
 The largest bank in the nation has reportedly yanked its ads from all NBC News broadcasts on a temporary basis amid an uproar over host Megyn Kelly’s upcoming interview with controversial Austin, Texas-based radio host Alex Jones, according to published reports. The Hollywood Reporter and other news outlets reported Monday evening...

Posted: 12 days ago

The largest bank in the nation has reportedly yanked its ads from all NBC News broadcasts on a temporary basis amid an uproar over host Megyn Kelly’s upcoming interview with controversial Austin, Texas-based radio host Alex Jones, according to published reports. The Hollywood Reporter and other news outlets reported Monday evening...