Greer Business News



D&D Ford in final weekend countdown; new showroom opens Monday
SEP 28, 2012

Skip Davenport, President and General Manager of D&D Ford, left, visited the service area at the new site this afternoon. 

At the end of business today, D&D Ford at its present location will have seen its last Friday. After Saturday and Sunday the doors will be closed to the public and its staff for the final time.

D&D Ford, owned by the Davenport family since its origin, on Monday will be celebrating its 75th anniversary of doing business in Greer at its 36,642 square foot showroom and service department at 13645 E. Wade Hampton Blvd.

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Partnership For Tomorrow's plan: Keep Greer ahead of the curve
SEP 26, 2012

The Greer City Hall complex is the crown jewel that showcases the Partnership For Tomorrow and its partnership with the City, Chamber, businesses, economic development and individual community leaders.

Larry Wilson was holding court in the middle of the crown jewel of downtown, Greer City Hall, talking about the future of Greer – what it will be like in 2030. The past is history, Wilson said, Greer is on the move and there’s no time to waste.

Wilson is the chairman of the board of trustees for Partnership For Tomorrow, a community initiative for the future of Greer.

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BMW Greer plant remains largest vehicle exporter in the U.S.
SEP 25, 2012

The National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ) recognized BMW Manufacturing in Greer as its Exporter of the Year and the recipient of its Export Achievement Award for being the member that showed the most improvement in value. 

BMW Manufacturing Co. of Greer announced that the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ) recognized the company as its Exporter of the Year. In addition, the NAFTZ recognized BMW as the recipient of its Export Achievement Award for being the member that showed the most improvement in value. 

BMW's plant in Greer has steadily increased its export activity. According to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, based on the 2011 value of BMW exports from South Carolina, the company's Greer facility is the largest automotive exporter from the U.S.

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Chamber adds Fortenberry as membership specialist
SEP 25, 2012

Chamber adds Fortenberry as membership specialist

Jodi Fortenberry has been hired as Membership Development Specialist at the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.

Fortenberry, from Greer, has 10 years of sales, marketing and advertising experience. She holds a B.A. from the University of Delaware and Southern Cross University in Australia.

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The Davenport is now a part of Greer's historic architecture
SEP 24, 2012

The Davenport, at 230 Trade Street, has had the building's name etched in its brick for decades. The building is owned by Scott Stevens and is now, “The Davenport, a historic venue”, used for weddings, receptions and events. 

Bart Bishop, in collaboration with the Davenport family, is writing a history of the Davenports. This installment of the series traces The Davenport Building with its namesake etched into the top of the building.

Scott Stevens is a Web, eCommerce, Search & Social Media consultant that consults for Ad Agencies, PR Firms, & Web Design companies. His Web business, www.YourMark.com, is based out of a loft office in Greer, however, that has a history that long precedes the Internet. With his wife, Lindsay, they bought The Davenport at 230 Trade Street over 10 years ago, which includes the downstairs hall and the upstairs offices (and the loft apartment where they live). The name, however, wasn’t originally his idea, as it has been etched into the top of the building for decades.

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Nehemiah Corp. opens office Thursday
SEP 24, 2012

Nehemiah Community Revitalization Corporation opens its new offices at 2 p.m. Thursday at Suite C at 111 South Main Street.

Nehemiah is a faith-based non-profit corporation in the business of affordable housing development and neighborhood revitalization.  The helps provide housing for special needs groups such as senior citizens, persons with mental illness, and similar groups. 

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Langston handled leasing for Family Dental
SEP 24, 2012

Chuck Langston of Langston-Black Real Estate, Inc. handled the leasing on approximately 3,000 square feet of office space to Family Dental Health at Pearce Medical Center at Five Forks.  Family Dental is a full service Dental Services Provider.

Langston-Black is at 1001 W. Wade Hampton Blvd. Call 848-9070.

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Zaxby's opens on Wade Hampton Monday
SEP 23, 2012

Zaxby's employees have been trained and they are ready to serve customers at the new store at 920 W. Wade Hampton Blvd.

Zaxby’s opens Monday at 920 W. Wade Hampton and it couldn’t have arrived fast enough for owners Mike and Tarra Godfrey.

The Godfreys have made known their wishes to operate a Zaxby’s franchise for several years. When the Greer location became available Mike and Tarra vigorously pursued the opportunity. Terra is the owner of Chelsea’s Lady Apparel on Trade Street. Mike is a former beverage salesman.

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Fitness sign challenges City's interpretation of risqué
SEP 20, 2012

EFS has posted signage across its plate glass windown on Trade Street that depicts well conditioned men and women in fitness attire. The City of Greer has received one complaint and has notified EFS it may be in violation of the city signage ordinance.

EFS Fitness signage at 200 Trade Street is considered risqué by the City of Greer Planning and Zoning Coordinator, Glenn Pace.

That’s not so, objects EFS owner Matt Porter.

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China company sets up North American sales office in Greer
SEP 17, 2012

Lau Rubber and Plastics, of Guangzhou, China, has located its North American sales and operations office in Greer, at 711 W. Wade Hampton Blvd., near Greer Plaza Shopping Center.

The company, according to its website, produces products in the rubber and plastics industry and supplies parts to global companies and brands in the automotive, computer, communications, aviation, household appliance and packaging industries. Reports indicate the company has 10 employees.

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Quick Lane ribbon cutting precursor to D&D Ford's new showroom
SEP 13, 2012

Quick Lane Tire and Service Center at 13645 E. Wade Hampton Blvd. had its grand opening and ribbon cutting today.

Skip Davenport cut the ribbon to Quick Lane Tire and Service Center at 13645 E. Wade Hampton Blvd. in GreerToday. Well-wishers and business and chamber of commerce colleagues attended what is the precursor to a much larger and historic opening in October.

D&D Ford will open its state-of-the-art showroom Oct. 1 and has tentatively scheduled Oct. 18 for the grand opening of the dealership that will celebrate its 75th anniversary at the same time. The $7 million showroom and service facility will be 36,642 square feet and located on 6.19 acres of land.

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Weaver is top 20 Lasik co-managing optometrists in North America
SEP 11, 2012

Dr. David E. Weaver landed a spot on TLC Laser Eye Centers top 20 of North America’s LASIK co-managing optometrists.  The ranking is based on the number of LASIK procedures Weaver co-managed in 2011.

Greenville EyeCare Associates, a provider of comprehensive eye healthcare services, announced that Dr. David E. Weaver landed a spot on TLC Laser Eye Centers top 20 of North America’s LASIK co-managing optometrists.  The ranking within this elite category of thousands of TLC affiliates is based on the number of LASIK procedures Weaver co-managed in 2011.

LASIK is a procedure that uses a laser to reshape the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.  Dr. Weaver is known to educate patients at a young age about the vision correction options available to them with LASIK once they reach adulthood. He performs pre and post-operative care for the patients he recommends for LASIK surgery.

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Buffets, Inc., parent of Greer's Ryan's Corp., add senior marketing execs
SEP 11, 2012

Amy LaFrank has been named Director, Calendars and Programs for Buffets, Inc.

Buffets, Inc., owner of Ryan’s Buffet Corporate headquarters in Greer, and HomeTown Buffet and Old Country Buffet have added two senior marketing executives to its team.

Amy LaFrank has been named Director, Calendars and Programs and Slaton Smith has been appointed as Senior Director, Field Marketing and Media. Both Smith and LaFrank will help fast track the rollout of the company’s marketing initiatives associated with “The Plan to Win,” the company’s strategic blueprint for growth that was rolled out earlier in August at its annual field leadership planning meeting.  The plan outlines a renewed emphasis in improving the guest experience through a series of investments in better facilities, better food, and better training and support for its employees.

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IHOP is the latest restaurant marketed for Hwy. 29 corridor
SEP 11, 2012

The intersection at Wade Hampton Boulevard and Suber Road is being marketed with IHOP being the tenant of the four unit development.

An IHOP (International House of Pancakes) is being promoted as the prime tenant locating in Greer at the corner of Wade Hampton Boulevard and Suber Road. IHOP will anchor a four-tenant complex that is being marketed by Greenville’s RealtyLink LLC.

IHOP would not comment and RealtyLink neither confirmed nor denied the report to GreerToday.com. However, RealtyLink has produced a brochure it is presenting to potential clients showing IHOP as the anchor tenant with additional 7,360-square feet of availability.

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Bilingual intake coordinator for Greer Relief
SEP 6, 2012

Greer Relief & Resources Agency, a non-profit serving people in crisis, seeks a dedicated individual to fill a full-time hourly bilingual intake coordinator position. Position involves various administrative responsibilities as well as direct contact with clients by phone and in person.

Applicant must be a high school graduate or equivalent, have a minimum of 2 years experience in an office environment, be able to work with little supervision, be a self starter to ensure clients and donors are helped in a timely fashion, have excellent communications skill and attention to detail, be proficient in Microsoft Office applications.

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Allegiant's 'Vote for Vacation' tour stop hits GSP on Sept. 11
SEP 4, 2012

Allegiant is taking its “Vote for Vacation” tour on the road and will be at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer on Sept. 11.

Allegiant will visit each city it serves (GSP and Asheville is the same date) and invite residents to vote for their favorite vacation destination.  One voter in each city will win two roundtrip tickets to the destination they voted. The first 100 people will receive a coupon for $21.60 ­– the amount of federal taxes for roundtrip airfare – for a future vacation package with Allegiant.

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New Belgium bringing fresh-brewed beer and new jobs to Asheville
SEP 4, 2012

New Belgium in Fort Collins, Colo., is home to the brewery's headquarters.

You’d be hard pressed to find someone around here that isn’t happy about New Belgium’s plans to build a brewery in Asheville. I asked a few existing microbrewery owners in Asheville for their thoughts regarding the incoming competition, and they all expressed enthusiasm about New Belgium, saying they are all after the same thing: creating delicious brews and generating new craft beer fans.

A trip to Colorado gave me the perfect opportunity to meet with New Belgium Spokes Model Bryan Simpson in Fort Collins to find out more about the plans for the Asheville brewery. (And the opportunity to try the latest brews they’re releasing, of course.)

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Trade Street becomes a portrait for BMW Z Roadsters
SEP 1, 2012

BMW Z Roadster owners visited downtown for lunch today as part of the 2012 ZFest, which annually meets over the Labor Day holiday. This group was having lunch at the Mason Jar.

Counting BMW Z Roadsters was as popular as looking at the license plates where the car owners were from today at the annual ZFest. Owners of the Roadsters came to Trade Street for a few hours to have lunch and visit shops.

Perry Williams introduced a new parking configuration to the visitors that gave Trade Street more vehicles parked than it previously had before. Ironically, the diagonal parking was also discussed by city council as an alternative to the current parallel parking.  Perry and his wife, Erin, are BMW Roadster owners.

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