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Acme General opens deli, second floor
JAN 30, 2012

The second floor of Acme General Store will feature outdoor clothing and supplies and games. A new line of children's shoes and clothing are also part of the store's expansion.

Acme General Store is getting more general in merchandise and beefing up its food this week.

Denise VandenBerghe is opening the second floor of Acme Friday for outdoors clothing, camping gear and outdoor supplies and games. A deli will occupy the first floor adjacent to the ice cream bar.  Items moved upstairs made room for tables downstairs for customers who want to eat in for breakfast and lunch.

The hours, beginning Thursday, will reflect, the store’s expansion. Two part-time employees have been added and Jacob Danner will be the deli manager.

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Follow your nose to the Stomping Grounds
JAN 25, 2012

Before Lisa Suber could open the Stomping Grounds Coffee and Wine Bar in downtown Greer, there was much work to be done. Here she checks out details as work was progressing on the business.

The sunrise forecast for downtown Greer Thursday is mild temperatures, a 10 mph breeze and an aroma of fresh coffees percolating along Trade Street.

The Stomping Grounds Coffee and Wine Bar, at 208 Trade Street, opens at 7 a.m. as the newest addition to Greer’s “Restaurant Row”.  The grand opening next month will feature the launch of the wine bar

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MD360 under construction
JAN 24, 2012

MD360 under construction

The framework for the MD360 healthcare building is going up across from Riverside High School on Suber Road.

The facility will offer patients routine services under the Greenville Hospital System Medical Banner. MD360 is touting its convenient scheduling and healthcare on the patients’ timetable of work and school.

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Dillard is home builder of the year
JAN 23, 2012

Tom Dillard, left, of Dillard-Jones Builders in Greer, accepts the Home Builder of the year award from HBA President Robert Markel.

The Home Builders Association of Greenville has named Tom Dillard, president of Dillard-Jones Builders in Greer, its 2011 Builder of the Year, and Jason Freeman, CEO of J. Freeman & Associates, its Associate of the Year.

Dillard founded Dillard-Jones Builders, LLC in 2004. A member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program representing the national magazine in Greenville, and Asheville, Dillard-Jones was named the Southern Living Custom Builder of the Year in 2011 and 2009 – the first homebuilder to win the prestigious national award twice. Dillard is a past president of the Home Builders Association of Greenville.

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Ryan's parent company, Buffets, Inc., files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
JAN 23, 2012

Buffets Inc., parent to Ryan's steak-buffet brands, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, closed 81 restaurants and will recapitalize in an agreement with lenders that will convert debt into a controlling equity stake.

Ryan's at 1501 W. Poinsett Hwy. is not effected by the closures and will remain open.

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Southwest adding seats, retrofitting 737-700s cabin
JAN 23, 2012

Southwest Airlines has announced a $60 million cabin refurbishing that is expected to cut fuel use while increasing revenue by $250 million a year, according to the discount carrier.

Extra seats and lighter materials will save about $10 million a year in fuel, the company reported. The extra seats, with lighter and thinner padding, with fuel savings will offset the high cost of fuel and Southwest’s industry leading no baggage fees.

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Charter increasing prices $2 to $5
JAN 23, 2012

Charter increasing prices $2 to $5

Customers of Charter Communications in the Upstate will see price increases from $2 to $5 depending on the service selected. The company also had a price adjustment last year.

The costs, the company reported, reflects price increases it is paying for programming and equipment.

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Kohl's is setting up shop at Piedmont Plaza
JAN 22, 2012

Kohl's will be renovating the former Kmart building at 1326 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. to open its first Greer store. Demolition is completed and the interior is ready to be be renovated.

Kohl’s has finished demolition of the vacated former Kmart store at the Piedmont Plaza 1326 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. and will begin its upfit in time for its expected opening in the fourth quarter of this year.

The retail store will add about 100 jobs, GreerToday.com has learned. Employees from other upstate locations began applying for managerial and hourly positions last fall.

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QuikTrip gets best business nod from Fortune
JAN 19, 2012

QuikTrip is scheduled to open mid-February. The gas/convenience store at Buncombe Road and W. Wade Hampton Blvd will feature a full kitchen to prepare food and 5 islands with 20 pumps for gas. The store is now hiring.

UPDATE (Feb 23, 2012): Read the follow-up story "Quik Trip is open for business in Greer" >>

QuikTrip has been selected as the 34th best company to work for, according to Fortune magazine’s rankings that were released Friday. QuikTrip has been selected as one of the best, 10 years in a row. 

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Walmart Neighborhood Market would bring 90 jobs to Greer
JAN 18, 2012

The Neighborhood Market in Greer  would be the first venture of Walmart's grocery store concept to be launched in South Carolina. 

A Walmart Neighborhood Market appears headed to Greer that would bring 90 jobs and mark its first venture into South Carolina.

“Greer is an area of interest,” Glenn Wilson, a real estate broker for Walmart properties in the southeast, said. “We don’t have any Neighborhood Markets in South Carolina or Georgia. This is a relatively new concept and we have an aggressive growth plan.”

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BMW announces nearly $900 million investment, adding 300 jobs at its South Carolina plant
JAN 12, 2012

BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer announced it is investing $900 million, adding 300 jobs and expanding its X-model family. Participating in the announcement are, from the left, Josef Kerscher, President of BMW Manufacturing, Gov. Nikki Haley and Frank-Peter Arndt, BMW Group Board Member responsible for Production.

BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer announced it is investing $900 million, adding 300 jobs and expanding its X-model family.

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