Greer Business News



Bridal Show features interactive ceremony and events
FEB 29, 2012

Lauren Kingstro knows all about the excitement leading up to the wedding day. She married Paul Kingstro on Aug. 18 last year. The reception was held at The Davenport on Trade Street. Krystal Grant provided GreerToday.com with the wedding photo of Lauren. 

The Greer Station Association and its vendors request the honor of your presence at their Bridal Show on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Greer City Hall Events Hall.

Guests will attend interactive events – ceremony, cocktails and reception –  with vendors showcasing their talents and services. A bride and groom will be featured with guests invited to follow them through the ceremony, cocktails and reception venues or visit the hall in any sequence. All staff will be dressed in formal attire.

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Greer gets part of $72.5 million contract awarded to Honeywell
FEB 29, 2012

Honeywell International Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., was awarded a $72.5 million contract  to provide for the sustainment and reset services of automotive gas turbine engine equivalents. 

Work will be performed in Greer, Anniston, Ala.; Phoenix and Rocky Mount, N.C., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 12.

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Downtown apartments favor fixed income 'elderly'
FEB 29, 2012

Cannon Street Elderly Apartments proposed by McKean & Associates Architects from Montgomery, Ala.

Greer City Council enthusiastically approved two parcels of land for rezoning tonight to accommodate proposed  apartment complexes. Skepticism quickly replaced the enthusiasm when it came time to approve first reading of the proposed 54 and 56 apartment units, respectively, specifically a 4-story complex planned across from Greer City Park.

The Cannon Street Elderly Apartments would be built on 1.6 acres owned by Greer Partners at 217 Cannon Street. The C-1 (Central Business District) property, was approved for DRD (Design Review District). A parcel of land owned by Brenda Medlock at 706 West Poinsett Street was approved to be rezoned to RM-2, residential multifamily, from its former C-2 and R-12.

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CertusBank clarifies titles for senior execs
FEB 28, 2012

The Board of Directors of CertusHoldings, Inc. and CertusBank, N.A. announced the following changes in titles for the senior executive management team. 

• Walter L. Davis and Charles M. Williams were named Co-CEO
• K. Angela Webb was named President
• Milton H. Jones, Jr. was named Executive Chairman

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Citizens Police Academy's first class is Thursday
FEB 28, 2012

The Citizens Police Academy begins Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Greer Police Department personnel teach a 10-week program designed to give citizens working knowledge of law enforcement.

Topics include patrol procedures (including a ride along), dispatch, detention, community outreach, criminal investigation, gangs, animal control, and K-9 and taser demonstrations. Classes are 6:30-8:30 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays.

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Lakes Robinson, Cunningham restrictions being reviewed
FEB 27, 2012

You could be seeing sculls soon on Lake Robinson and Lake Cunningham.

Sculls may soon be coasting along Lake Robinson and Lake Cunningham.

John Carroll asked commissioners of the Greer Commission of Public Works today to consider permitting the use of row boats on the lakes managed by the CPW. Carroll was specifically asking for permission to use sculls (rowing shells) which can be up to 27-foot long.

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Greer CPW recognized for safety practices
FEB 27, 2012

Greer CPW's Bill Hipp proudly points to the

The Greer Commission of Public Works reported today it received three safety awards from the Municipal Association of South Carolina amounting to $3,500.

Ken Holliday, Human Resources Director, made the presentation at today's regularly scheduled CPW commissioners meeting.

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Greer Relief gets Christmas cheer; Roses for Relief next
FEB 24, 2012

Kendra Kemp, president of the Greer Jaycees, presented a $1,000 check Thursday  to Caroline Robinson, Executive Director of Greer Relief. The proceeds were from the 2011 Jaycees Christmas Parade.

It was Christmas in February for Greer Relief when the Greer Jaycees presented a $1,100 check from the proceeds of the 2011 Christmas Parade.  Kendra Kemp, president of the Greer Jaycees, presented the check Thursday  to Caroline Robinson, Executive Director of Greer Relief. The Jaycees welcome guests to their meetings at 7 p.m. on every third Thursday at His Vineyard on Arlington.

Rose for Relief St. Patrick's Celebration is Greer Relief's next big event, scheduled on March 17 from 7 p.m. to midnight at 317 S. Buncombe Road. A silent auction, live band, Irish menu and bar will be part of the program.

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Oyster Roast, pound for pound, best bargain in Upstate
FEB 24, 2012

Eat a light lunch today and forget about dinner.

There is 1,000 pounds of oysters, hundreds of pounds of shrimp and more seafood gumbo than probably every cooked in Greer. We'll call it an unofficial record for a shrimp boil. All that adds up to an all-you-can-eat seafood extravaganza.

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Big turnout at Chamber for minority open house
FEB 23, 2012

William Grady has been a proponent of bringing diversity into the forefront of the business community. He helped organize today's Chamber of Commerce Minority Open House.

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce with Allen Smith and John Mansure paving the way, are trying to put a new face on the business organization.

"We've been male, pale and stale for too long," Smith, President and CEO of the chamber, repeatedly tells audiences at his public speaking engagements.

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Quik Trip is open for business in Greer
FEB 23, 2012

Jerry Brooks, of Lyman, said he visited the QuikTrip in Greer today because of its easy access. 

QuikTrip made its entry into the Greer market at 6 a.m. with its newest store opening at W. Wade Hampton Blvd. and Buncombe Road.

There was virtually one QT corporate representative for every customer in the store, at times. Carolina Division Manager Tom Takach was overseeing the company's newest concept, generation three store.

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Oyster Roast scheduled Friday
FEB 22, 2012

The 8th annual Oyster Roast is Friday night at 842 S. Buncombe Road, next to Greer Memorial Hospital, at 6-9 p.m.

The networking event is one of the biggest of the year in Greer. It’s all you can eat oysters and shrimp boil. Beverages include soft drinks, beer and wine.

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56-unit apartments planned for Cannon, W. Poinsett streets
FEB 20, 2012

The Cannon Street Apartments would be constructed at the corner of Cannon and Jason Streets. These buildings would be razed.

Two proposed apartment complexes with 56 units each, one across from City Park in downtown Greer, and another on W. Poinsett Street, cleared their first hurdle tonight. 

The City Planning Commission approved property at 217 Cannon and Jason Streets to be rezoned from C-1 (commercial) to DRD (Design Review District). That property is owned by T.L. Baldree of Greer. The 1.62 acres was previously listed by Coldwell Banker Caine at $1.5 million.

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Greer business luncheon Tuesday at First Baptist
FEB 20, 2012

The February Business Luncheon at Greer First Baptist will meet at 11:50 a.m. today. Business owners, friends and associates are invited for a meal, music, fellowship and Pastor Rick Ezell talking about “Living with Broken Dreams”.

The event is held at the church’s Family Life Center at 201 W. Poinsett Street. It lasts one hour.

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Residential growth takes root near Village at Pelham
FEB 20, 2012

Dillard Creek Crossing has sold almost half of its 50 homes constructed behind Village at Pelham Hospital on Westmoreland Road.

A residential building uptick has Greer city and business leaders taking notice. Most importantly it has families purchasing newly-constructed homes as fast as they are marketed. 

Dillard Creek Crossing has 50 new homes either completed or in construction phases while Village at Bent Creek has begun construction for 58 new homes. At the same time Mungo builders remain committed to 52 single-family patio homes to be built off Brushy Creek Road and S. Suber Road.

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Pole dancing comes to Greer
FEB 17, 2012

The North Pole Dance Studio has opened at the Depot. Yolanda Morton, owner, learned pole dancing in Atlanta and opened her first studio in Greenville before relocating in Greer.

The North Pole Dancing Studio has Greer in a flutter. With instructor names like "Vanity", "Patience", "Sapphire" and "Foxy" there was plenty to talk about.

Women in a downtown restaurant were talking about the "Pole/Flirty Laptease" coupon for the new Greer business on a social media website.

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Greer CPW issues warning for untreated sewage discharge
FEB 17, 2012

The public is advised to avoid contact with waters around and downstream of a tributary of Frohawk Creek in Greer after 45,000 gallons of untreated sewage was discharged Thursday and today, according to Greer Commission of Public Works.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control was notified by CPW of the discharges.

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2013 X6 SAV headed to showrooms in spring
FEB 16, 2012

The new design of the 2013 X6 SAV was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show today.

BMW presented its 2013 BMW X6 Activity Coupe today at the Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle has two engines featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and xDrive, the intelligent all-wheel-drive system.

Since its market launch three years ago, more than 150,000 SAVs have been sold globally with over 20,000 sold in the U.S.

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Advance America sale valued at $780 million
FEB 15, 2012

Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, Inc. and Grupo Elektra, S.A.B. de C.V. today announced that Advance America and subsidiaries of Grupo Elektra have entered into a definitive  agreement under which Grupo Elektra will acquire control of all of the outstanding shares of Advance America, a leading U.S. short-term lender, for $10.50 per share in cash, representing a 32.7 percent premium to the company's closing price of $7.91 today. The total transaction value is approximately $780 million, including the company's outstanding debt as of Dec. 31, 2011.

The acquisition of Advance America represents Grupo Elektra's first major investment in the U.S. financial services market. Advance America is the leading provider of non-bank cash advance services in the U.S., with approximately 2,600 centers in 29 states, the United Kingdom, and Canada. 

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City Council approves purchase of land for recreation
FEB 15, 2012

Greer City Council  gave its approval Tuesday night to purchase land for recreational purposes. The action was approved in executive session and the price and location of the property was undisclosed.

"As Greer is expanding we need to look for opportunities to offer our citizens expanded services. Parks and Recreation needs land and this is an opportunity for us to acquire it," Mayor Rick Danner said.

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