GREER BUSINESS NEWS


Bass Pro Shops, regional mall may be coming to Greer
APR 15, 2014

Bass Pro Shops appears to be the focus of a

Spartanburg County economic leaders are expected to announce that Bass Pro Shops will build its long-delayed store in Greer at the intersection of Hwy. 101 and I-85 (exit 60).

A 4 p.m. press conference, with the public invited, is scheduled Wednesday in the lobby of the David Reid Theatre at the Chapman Cultural Center. A “significant economic development announcement” is scheduled to be heralded.

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Greer State Bank reports 10th consecutive quarterly profit
APR 15, 2014

Greer Bancshares Incorporated, the parent company of Greer State Bank, Tuesday reported first quarter net income of $1.1 million or $0.46 per diluted common share, an 80 percent increase over the same quarter in 2013. The bank reported first quarter 2013 net income of $641,000 or $0.26 per diluted common share.

It’s Greer State Bank’s 10th consecutive profitable quarter.

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Five Guys opening at Suber Commons in the fall
APR 15, 2014

Five Guys will open at Suber Commons on Wade Hampton Blvd. in the fall. 
 

Five Guys Burgers and Fries will open a restaurant in the fall in Phase 2 of Suber Commons at Wade Hampton Blvd.

“Five Guys in Greer will be slightly larger, 2,900-square-feet, than our prototype. There will be 20-25 jobs available and we’re looking at opening in about six months,” Molly Brown Catalano, spokesperson for Five Guys, told GreerToday.com. A typical Five Guys occupies 2,500-square-feet.

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Dave says: Being out of debt better than having a high credit score
APR 14, 2014

Dave Ramsey
 

Dear Dave,

I’m 20 years old, and I’m trying to get out of debt. However, I’m concerned about what might happen when I’m older and don’t have a credit score. My girlfriend says I won’t be able to get a job or rent an apartment without a good one. Is this true?

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Greer Chamber throws its support behind sales tax referendum
APR 11, 2014

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce has weighed in on road improvements by endorsing a referendum for voters to decide for or against a one percent sales tax to fund transportation improvement projects within Greenville.

Greer City Council approved, 6-1, Tuesday night to also support Greenville County for a referendum to allow voters to decide for or against the sales tax to fund the projects.

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Greer's Eden's Confections wins international VE Catalog competition
APR 11, 2014

Chanie Robinson-Cain, Makenzie Cain, Crystal Helton and Dezmon Scott won the Inernational Virtual Enterprise Catalog Competition in New York City last week. Their business, Eden's Confections, was sixth for best business plan.
 

Greer High School’s Virtual Enterprise business, Eden’s Confections, won first place in the Catalog Competition in the International Trade Show of the Youth Business Summit in New York City last week.

The team beat an international field that included teams from Brazil, Bulgaria and Indonesia.

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CBL Foundation gifts $5,000 to Quick Jobs With a Future
APR 10, 2014

Les Gardner, Greenville Tech Foundation, receives a $5,000 gift from CBL Foundation CEO Thomas Johnson. CBL Foundation Board members, left to right, are: Ralph W. Johnson Jr., Benjamin B. Waters III, Laurens I. James Jr. Steve Hand, GTC Quick Jobs Director is in the black sweater. Other CBL board members are Hayne P. Griffin Jr., W. Terry Dobson, and Paul J. Rogers.
 

The Citizens Building and Loan Foundation has given a $5,000 gift to the Quick Jobs With a Future program at Greenville Technical College. The gift will provide tuition assistance to Greer area residents participating in the training program that gives people skills to enter career fields with openings in the Upstate.

“With the rapid changes in the workplace too many people are without work simply because their skills don’t match an employer’s needs. We want to be a part of bridging that gap,” said Foundation CEO, Thomas Johnson.

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Tug-of-war over distracted driving ordinance passes first reading
APR 10, 2014

Police Chief Dan Reynolds enjoys a lighter moment during Tuesday's City Council meeting that discussed an ordinance on distracted driving. It passed 4-3 and moves to a public forum and second reading on April 22 at 6:30 p.m.
 

Greer is having a tug-of-war over the proposed distracted driving ordinance that City Council approved on first reading, 4-3, as written Tuesday.

The lines were clearly defined at the council meeting with Mayor Rick Danner casting the tie-breaking vote to approve the ordinance as written to move it forward for a public forum and second reading on April 22.

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Report: BMW planning 2nd North American plant
APR 9, 2014

BMW is planning a second North American factory to cater to the rising demand for its vehicles, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

The Munich-based carmaker is planning to build its bestselling 3-Series at the new plant and has been short-listing locations, with at least two sites in Mexico still being considered, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

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Riverwood Farms fire, text messaging, sales tax on City Council's agenda
APR 8, 2014

What caused a grass fire, that turned into a raging blaze that destroyed a 3-unit condominium (front) and jumped the fence (top) to completely destroy one house and scorch more than a dozen yards will be discussed by Fire Chief Chris Harvey at 6:30 p.m. at Greer City Council's meeting at City Hall. The public is invited and may speak at the event.
 
 

Greer Fire Chief Chris Harvey will make a presentation at City Council at 6:30 p.m. on a fire that destroyed one home and a 3-unit condominium last week at Riverwood Farms. There was no loss of life or reported injuries.

What started as a grass fire, allegedly started from a lit cigarette tossed from a vehicle, quickly raged out of control destroying homes for four families, scorching a wide section on Dillard Road with fire coming up to the doorsteps of many homes before it was brought under control.

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Dave Ramsey: Your bank's advice is bad
APR 8, 2014

Dear Dave,

I want to roll over a 401(k), and my bank is encouraging me to roll it over to fixed annuities. Is this a good investment?

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Distracted driving proposed ordinance
APR 7, 2014

ORDINANCE (DISTRACTED DRIVING) NUMBER 4-2014

To be considered April 8 at Greer City Council

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Hospitals lift temporary flu visitation restrictions
APR 7, 2014

Hospitals in Greenville, Anderson, Pickens and Laurens counties announced that they have lifted the temporary request that children refrain from visiting hospitalized patients.

The hospitals issued the request in January as a precaution against the spread of flu and respiratory viruses, which were at high levels in parts of the Upstate throughout the winter.

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Broome shares video message, is No. 2 at Reverbnation
APR 7, 2014

J. Adam Broome, a Dacusville native, talked with Dana Jordan at the Stomping Grounds on Sunday.
 

Local talent J. Adam Broome shared a video message to fans while speaking with former Greer Idol winner Dana Jordan.

Broome is a singer and songwriter who has opened for bands like The Piedmont Boys and Benton Blount.

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Hamby promoted to captain at GPD
APR 6, 2014

Captain Matt Hamby, promoted last week, is second in command behind Chief Dan Reynolds at the Greer Police Department.
 
 

Matt Hamby went to bed on Friday night as a Lieutenant and woke up Saturday morning as a Captain and second in command of the Greer Police Department.

Hamby fills the vacancy created when Captain Jolene Vancil retired after 23 years (1991-2014) of service.

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Howell gets recognition for students' service learning project
APR 4, 2014

Shane Howell’s 16 Web Design II students contributed over 284 volunteer service hours to building free websites for local non-profits valued at $1,500 per website.
 

Shane Howell, department head for Visual and Performing Arts and lead professor of Graphic Design at Greenville Technical College, has received the South Carolina Faculty Award for Service Learning given by South Carolina Campus Compact. The award was presented Friday for the project Howell instituted in which Web Design II students build websites for area non-profit agencies.

Howell’s 16 Web Design II students contributed over 284 volunteer service hours to building free websites for local non-profits, with an average of 45 hours spent on building the website per student. This service could typically cost a non-profit organization $1,500 if completed by a contracted graphic designer.

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Cabela's gives birth to new tradition founded at Greenville store opening
APR 4, 2014

Outfitters and customers were high-fiving each other when the doors at Cabela's opened Thursday morning. The store employs 235 full- and part-time workers.

• Weekend special events

Every Cabela’s that opens in the future will have a tradition born at Thursday’s opening in Greenville at Magnolia Park on Woodruff Road.

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Funds, donations are being accepted for displaced families
APR 3, 2014

Donations for funds and items are being accepted for the families displaced by Wednesday's fire that destroyed a home and three units of a condominium.
 

Four families displaced from a fire in Greer Wednesday night are being helped by several organizations.

The Riverwood Farm Homeowners Association has set up a fund to help raise money for the families who lost everything. Donations may be made at Bank of America locations to the Riverwood Farm Homeowners Associate Fire.

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Yes, that was the smell of bacon at Ryan's Thursday night
APR 3, 2014

Ryan's has joined the breakfast club on Thursday nights.

“Breakfast for Dinner” is being served Thursday night at  Ovation Brands restaurants. Gone are Chicken Alfredo and corn dogs to make way for the breakfast offerings at the Ryan's in Greer.

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Officials: Lit cigarette tossed from vehicle may be fire's flashpoint
APR 3, 2014

Fire totaled this house in the Riverwood Farm subdivision Wednesday when it was engulfed in an inferno aided by high winds, dry grass and pine needles.

• Funds, donations

• Fire was 'A little hairy for a while'

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