ACME General Store closed its doors and turned out the lights to the public for the final time Wednesday.
Remaining merchandise and equipment were moved to the bottom floor for an auction that would bring about one-quarter of the retail price. Clothing, shoes, games and toys, candy and store equipment mostly remained.
Capt. Josh Holzheimer of the Greer Fire Department is among six firemen who will be honored for saving lives using CPR.
Captain Bobby James, Scott Merrill, Scott Tompkins, Kevin Holtzclaw, Joe Borelli and Randall Hipp will join Holzheimer, the department’s training officer, at the May 10 ceremony at the Embassy Suites.
Roses for Relief raised $5,700 to benefit Greer Relief.
The silent and live auctions included direct service donations.
The Greer Commission of Public Works approved the purchase of two Water Treatment Plant Peerless High Level pumps for $99,820 today. Commissioners agreed with General Manager Nick Stegall to award the contract to PNUCOR, headquartered in Charlotte.
The purchase ($49,910 each) is to replace one worn and one broken pump, each with 40 years of service on them.
An onsite auction at ACME General Store will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. Furnishings, fixtures and remaining merchandise will be sold.
The auction follows one week the owners Chris and Denise VandenBerghe announcing the store’s closing with a going out of business sale. Some fixtures and furnishings were being removed last Thursday, hours after an email was sent about the store’s closing.
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“There were a lot high fives when I got that letter (Friday) and opened it,” said George W. Burdette, President and CEO of Greer Bancshares Incorporated and Greer State Bank. “It was a great feeling and recognition from the regulators what we have done.”
GreerToday.com was awarded second place for best website in its division in the South Carolina Press Association 2012 contest. It was the only news site honored in the division.
The award was announced Saturday at the annual SCPA convention held at Greenville’s Poinsett Westin.
Art and Wine On Trade has scheduled theme evenings for paint classes next week and has a children’s class on Saturday at 11 a.m.
The second Paint Your Pet Night is Saturday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. Pet photos will be sketched by staff on canvas for customers to paint.
ACME General Store, opening to much fanfare almost four years ago, is closing and will not relocate.
Owners Chris and Denise VandenBerghe announced the store’s closing this morning with a going out of business sale email. The store, at the corner of Victoria and Trade Street, will close as soon as the merchandise is sold. Employees were removing kitchen equipment and racks today as crowds of shoppers filled the store to purchase reduced goods.
A transformation has taken place with The Shoppes On Trade.
Kendra Glenn, Shoppes General Manager (211 Trade Street), has 37 vendors selling a variety of merchandise and $5 massages on Fridays. More vendors are expected to display their merchandise in the coming weeks.
Thomas Major has joined Dillard-Jones Builders LLC as Senior Project Manager. Major has more than 20 years of residential design and construction experience, and has handled numerous design/build projects throughout The Cliffs Communities, Waterford Pointe and other developments throughout the Upstate.
A native of Travelers Rest, Major earned a B.A. in Architectural Engineering from Southern Technical Institute. He previously served as a project manager for McClain-Houston LLC in Clemson and as a designer with Donald A. Gardner Architects.
BMW Manufacturing of Greer was a recipient of the 2012 Duke Energy Power Partner Award Wednesday in an award presentation in Spartanburg.
BMW has been using methane gas generated at a landfill located near the plant site to efficiently cogenerate electrical power and hot water. Methane gas is captured and converted to energy providing nearly 50 percent of the plant’s total energy needs. The landfill gas-to-energy project has saved BMW an annual average of $7 million in energy costs, the company reports.
Bosch Rexroth has committed more than $400,000 worth of training equipment to Greenville Technical College, in addition to a $20,000 Community Fund grant, to support the creation of a mobile hydraulic lab and college lab curriculum.
Through donations such as this, Bosch assists educational institutions in developing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills of the next generation.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley joined Bosch Rexroth Americas President Berend Bracht and executives from Robert Bosch LLC to formally mark the start of production at the company's newly expanded hydraulics manufacturing campus in Fountain Inn.
Headquartered in Charlotte, Bosch Rexroth is investing $80 million over five years to expand production in the new campus and convert an existing 260,000-square-foot industrial warehouse into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that will initially produce the Rexroth A10VO hydraulic pump. The pump is used in a variety of applications, including mobile construction and agricultural machinery, mining, materials handling, and heavy industries, such as steel and automotive production.
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Duke Energy’s requested rate increase of 15.1 percent for South Carolina customers would amount to an average of $18 more a month, according to the company, in a filing with the S.C. Public Service Commission (PSCSC) on Monday.
Duke Energy residential customers can expect to pay, on average, an additional $17.83 a month more per 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity based on the current monthly $100.45.
The Greer Planning Commission held a brief meeting Tuesday, approving applications for St. James Commons, a proposed 21-unit subdivision, and a single-family home at 130 Mockingbird Lane.
Commissioners approved (5-0) the 21-unit St. James Commons on St. James Road. Juha Parkkohen, representing Westminister Properties, attended the meeting but was not asked any questions. No one spoke in favor or opposed the subdivision, zoned R-10, on 7.3 acres that backs the city’s recycling center.
Greer is a phone call away from ACME General Store pulling up roots and becoming part of the Spartanburg downtown landscape.
Denise VandenBerghe said if Spartanburg doesn’t make the call this week she will remain in Greer and re-evaluate ACME’s future.