Greer Business News



Michelin top-ranked in 3 J.D. Power segments
MAR 30, 2012

Michelin tires are ranked highest in customer satisfaction in three segments in the J.D. Power and Associates Original Equipment Tire Customer Satisfaction Study. The 2012 honors, released today, brings Michelin's lifetime total of J.D. Power and Associates awards to 69, more awards than any other tire manufacturer since the study launched in 1989.

Michelin received the industry's top honors in the luxury, passenger car, and truck/utility segments, scoring above the industry average in each segment.

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104 Business Center celebrates opening, LEED certification
MAR 29, 2012

David Langley, the architect of the 104 Business Center, and Sam Danner, Greer Economic Development, joined in the grand opening celebation today of the LEED Certifed building.

Glenn Pace said the 104 Trade Street Business Center was one design he couldn’t quite visualize at the outset. Pace, Planning and Zoning Coordinator for the City of Greer, gets dozens of plans to review before passing them along to City Council.

“I had a hard time to grasp the initial concept,” Pace said. “After a while I could look at our downtown buildings and thought ‘this can fit.’”

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'Stand Up For Stan' concert Thursday at Grace Hall
MAR 26, 2012

A “Stand Up for Stan” benefit concert Thursday at Grace Hall at 108 Trade Street is all about giving back, Stan Christofferson said.

Christofferson, owner of the Great Bay Oyster House (GBOH), was the recipient of the first benefit last year as friends, customers and business acquaintances helped raise over $6,000 for medical expenses.

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Dogs get Easter Bone hunt
MAR 24, 2012

An Easter Bone Hunt fundraiser is scheduled Saturday March 31 at the WoodRUFF Pet Resort and Spa in Greer.

The small dogs event is 10 a.m. to noon and large dogs are 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. The $10 entry fee includes the Easter egg bone hunt, prizes, vendors and best dressed. Portraits are available for a fee.

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Barney Fife pokes fun at public safety officials
MAR 23, 2012

Barney Fife had the Greer City Hall event laughing and enjoying the inaugural City of Greer Public Safety Appreciation Dinner tonight. He mugged for his fans at the end of the dinner.

Barney Fife came close to offending some people in front of the wrong crowd tonight.

Fife was the featured entertainment at the inaugural City of Greer Public Safety Appreciation Dinner at Greer City. Police, fire and emergency medical responders were honored with a free dinner and all the ridicule from Fife they could handle, in good-natured fun.

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BB&T receives inaugural Greer Development Chairman's Award
MAR 22, 2012

John Bolt, Vice President of BB&T in Greer, accepted the inaugural Greer Economic Development Chairman’s Award today on behalf of the bank at the GDC's 10th anniversary luncheon at City Hall.

Reno Deaton, GDC Executive Director, gave the annual report that reflected positive gains in 2011 and good early growth in the first quarter this year. Dennis Hennett, vice chairman of the board is rotating off to concentrate on his duties as CEO at Greer State Bank. Hennett retired and was recalled to lead the bank. Dave Edwards, Executive Director at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport in Greer, has been approved as Hennett’s replacement.

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Belk is rethinking remodeling Greer store this year
MAR 22, 2012

Belk is targeting approximately 30 stores for remodeling and expansion in 2012. The Greer store was being discussed as part of the company's 2013 capital program. Since Kohl's, Walmart Neighborhood Market and the upgrade to other facilities and parking lots is ongoing, Belk may move up the Greer store's timetable for remodeling.

Belk department store at 873 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. is rethinking its decision to remodel the store this year instead of 2013. When the Charlotte-based company earlier committed to remodeling 30 stores in 2012 the Greer store was not one of them.

Greer’s Belk remodeling was projected in the 2013 corporate plans. However, major retail events in Greer may be changing that timetable. GreerToday.com first reported Kohl’s (Jan. 22) setting up as the centerpiece at Piedmont Plaza and Walmart putting South Carolina’s first Neighborhood Market (Jan. 18) in the Greer Plaza.

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Animal Rescue party at The Davenport Thursday
MAR 20, 2012

Jessica Monroe is turning her 30th birthday into a party Thursday at The Davenport to benefit animals.

Saved by the Heart Companion Animal Services is the fundraiser host from 8 p.m. – midnight.

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Deadline nears for Family Fest vendors
MAR 20, 2012

The Village Hospital Greer Family Fest is taking applications for vendors for the May 4-5 event that features Aaron Tippin as the marquee entertainment.

Arts, crafts, business, and restaurant vendors can apply to occupy a booth during the two-day event that is Greer’s signature annual festival.

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Bills would strip newspaper exemptions
MAR 19, 2012

Bills were introduced in the House last Tuesday that would remove the current sales tax exemptions for newsprint and circulation.

The bills were part of a seven-bill tax package introduced by the GOP caucus.

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New deep-fried offerings at Carnival Confections
MAR 19, 2012

Deep-fried Chocolate Cherry Bombs and Peanut Butter Cups are being offered during March at Carnival Confections Food at 1209 W. Poinsett Street.

Kelvin Miller, owner of the restaurant, has installed a Coke beverage fountain to offer coke products  with ice. The snow cokes machine, Miller said, has been a big hit during the warm days and it appears the warmer coming week.

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Greer's Kohl's represents company's new focus
MAR 18, 2012

Langston & Black puts out the welcome sign for Kohl's and Walmart as the Wade Hampton corridor becomes one of the hottest markets in the upstate.

The Kohl's department store in Greer will feature the retail chain's focus on its 60,000-square foot format that has proved to be more profitable since its launch 10 years ago.

Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) will up fit the former Kmart store at Piedmont Plaza at 1326 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. Kmart's square footage is 66,233-square-feet and fits squarely in Kohl's format. The Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based company launched the smaller stores in 2012 in smaller communities. The smaller stores returned better financial reports than the chain's 90,000-square-foot prototype, thus the national shift.

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Tankers on Trade auction raises $850 for museum
MAR 16, 2012

The Tankers on Trade silent auction raised $850 for the Heritage Museum, the Greer Station Association announced today.

Businesses taking home the prized tankers and the cars’ names are:

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Block party planned for The Shoppes' open house Thursday
MAR 14, 2012

A mini-festival is brewing at The Shoppes at The Grapevine open house Thursday.

Wanda Garcia, owner of The Shoppes, has planned an evening, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., that will include music, appetizers and wine. About 40 small business owners will showcase their products that include clothing, arts, crafts, repurposed furniture, candles and signature handcrafted merchandise.

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Southwest toasted by GSP on one-year anniversary
MAR 13, 2012

Alli Belk fits so she is definitely a carry on. Alli and her family were returning home to Texas after visiting in the Charlotte area.

Dave Edwards led a toast to Southwest Airline’s one-year anniversary today at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer.

"Southwest has spurred tremendous growth and revitalized the airport," Edwards, Executive Director at GSP Airport District, said. "Air traffic is up 38 percent since last year and we're up 40 percent in January. It's hard to keep with it. It's exciting to be in this growth mode."

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GSP taking parking reservations beginning Thursday
MAR 12, 2012

Reservations for 110 parking spaces will be available for passengers leaving Greer's Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport beginning Thursday.

GSP Board of Commissioners approved $1.5 million toward the Rental Car Relocation budget and was brought up-to-date with the $101 million Terminal Improvement Project (TIP) during today's meeting with GSP Executive Director Dave Edwards.

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Bi-Lo moving headquarters to Jacksonville
MAR 12, 2012

This Bi-Lo at 1365 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. is among 206 stores in the grocery chain that was merged with Winn-Dixie Friday. Bi-Lo is moving its headquarters from Greenville to Jacksonville, Fla.

Bi-Lo is moving its corporate headquarters to Jacksonville, Fla., company officials announced today.

The move follows a completed merger Friday when Bi-Lo bought Winn-Dixie for $9.50 a share in cash, a total of $560 million. The shares, which will now cease trading, added a penny to close at $9.51 on Friday.

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Redeemed Furniture gives furnishings a second chance
MAR 11, 2012

Debbie Dather created Redeemed Furniture to restore the value and life of quality pieces of furniture.

Makeovers, facelifts and restoration are the key elements in Debbie Dather's Redeemed Furniture business at The Shoppes at The Grapevine.

Redeemed Furniture specializes in restoring the value and life to quality pieces of furniture.  "We start by finding well-built pieces that are unique and functional but are in need of some love," Dather said. "Then we dream.  What would add value, character, and make this piece something everyone will talk about?  Out of that comes redeemed furniture."

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Paige's Decorating takes advantage of location, vendors and merchants
MAR 11, 2012

Paige and her husband, TL Baldree, own Grace Hall on Trade Street.

Paige's Decorating gives The Shoppes at The Grapevine a unique vendor with Paige Baldree's interior decorating business.

Paige set up a shop to generate leads for interior decorating. It also provides an outlet for a unique shopping opportunity to seek upper-end goods at reasonable price points for her clients. 

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Shaw named to state Business Hall of Fame
MAR 11, 2012

Minor Mickel Shaw is Chairperson of the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Commission. 

Minor Mickel Shaw, Chairperson of the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Commission, is among three named to the 2012 South Carolina Business Hall of Fame. Shaw is the President of Micco LLC and Mickel Investment Group, a family investment corporation.

Bill L. Amick, real estate developer and former chairman and CEO of Amick Farms, Inc., and the late Jerry Zucker, founder of The InterTech Group will also be inducted. The induction ceremonies are May 24 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

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