Business

The landmark restaurants of West Columbia

West Columbia is not a really big place, but it has some high-profile restaurants, along with some iconic eateries that have become landmarks. From the elegant Al’s Upstairs and the down home deliciousness of Zesto, to the must-have fare at Cafe Strudel, West Columbia attracts a wide variety of palates. The restaurant opened in March of 1979. It was founded…

Finklin Pharmacy cuts ribbon at North Main Plaza

Finklin Pharmacy had a ribbon-cutting Monday at the North Main Plaza. On hand for the event were representatives of the Columbia Empowerment Zone (CEZ), Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, along with other city officials. The pharmacy is part of the growth that is happening in the North Main area.  Leon Finklin is  owner of the pharmacy. It was opened because Finklin needed a…

Duck Donuts lets you create your own sweet, draws crowd

1/3Duck Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Duxk Crowd Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Yummy Show Caption Hide Caption By Karamie Sullivan Hundreds of people came to the grand opening of a new business in Columbia over the weekend, and waited in a line that overflowed through the door. They came to try a new donut. Duck Donuts is located on Cross Hill…

Plex HiWire plans to open location in Lexington

Plex HiWire is planning to open a facility in Lexington. According to a press release issued Tuesday, the company is currently looking at several locations in Lexington for a more than 25,000-sq.ft. location. It currently has two locations in the Midlands. Those are in Sandhils and Irmo. Plex HiWire has more than 150 employees now, according to the release. Plex…

Plans for Capital City Stadium property change, without Kroger

By Karamie Sullivan The development of the Capital City Stadium property on Assembly Street in Columbia has experienced another delay. The plan for a Kroger grocery store to be built has now changed after Kroger pulled out of the deal about a month ago. According to Bright-Myers, the Atlanta-based contractor for the development, Kroger officials decided not to build in…

Electro-Spec, Inc. launching new operations in Lexington County, creating 53 jobs

Electro-Spec, Inc., a specialty plating manufacturer, is locating new production operations in Lexington County. The new development is projected to bring $3.1 million of capital investment and create 53 new jobs. With a customer base in North America, Asia and Europe, Electro-Spec is an industry-leading provider of gold, silver, nickel, copper and Tri-M3™ (tri-alloy) electroplating. Serving the aerospace, medical, telecommunications…

AllSouth Federal Credit Union cuts ribbon at remodeled branch, Cayce

A Ribbon Cutting and After Hours was held Tuesday at AllSouth Federal Credit Union. The newly remodeled branch is at 701 Knox Abbott Dr, Cayce. Pictured are: Tom Gottshall (AllSouth board member) Bill Koehler (AllSouth CEO) Renae Downs (AllSouth branch manager) Bill Mooneyhan (C-WC Chamber Board) and Gregg Pinner (C-WC Chamber CEO.) Photo: Pretty Pictures/Vickie Lovett

Lowes Foods schedules opening of second Lexington store

Lowes Food photo Lowes Foods will open a second store in Lexington, according to a company release. The new store will be off at Hope Ferry Road and Sunset Boulevard ( U.S. 378.) The opening day celebration is scheduled for July 21. Lowes opened its first Lexington store on May 24 at Charter Oak Road and Augusta Road. Lowes plans…

S.C. Department of Corrections holding Job Fair, Friday

The South Carolina Department of Corrections is holding a Job Fair from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday (July 14.) The SCDC is seeking Cadets ages 18-to-20, and Officers, ages 21-and-up. Also wanted are Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and qualified mental health professionals. Other employment opportunities include food service, administrative, trades specialists and teachers. The Job Fair is…

Property to be cleared soon in West Columbia for parking

  Old out-buildings that will be removed to facilitate more parking. (ColaDaily photo) Things are slowly changing in the West Columbia River District. The City of West Columbia has been in the process of acquiring more property for parking. “We are moving cautiously, but deliberately, to help make sure there is more parking to facilitate our thriving businesses in the…

Lexington County Councilmen Tolar, Yarborough issue statement as Chapin B&T Park controversy intensifies

On Friday evening Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum issued a press release. He responded to criticism over the pace of progress at which the Chapin Business and Technology Park is being built. Link to Lexington County Council Chairman Todd Cullum’s statement Saturday night, two Lexington County Council members responded. Their statements are included below: Statement from Lexington County Councilman…

Gas tax implemented Saturday, SCDOT reveals some details of roads plan

Saturday is the day the new state gas tax goes into effect. On Thursday, the South Carolina Department of Transportation has issued a graphic showing road improvements in the Midlands. According to the graphic, the interstate system around Columbia will be improved, including Malfunction Junction (I-126/I-26/I-20 interchange)  in Columbia. Click on SCDOT graphic to enlarge Also included on the list is…

West Columbia gets good credit rating news from Moody’s Investor Service

Moody’s Investor Service has assigned an Aa3 issuer rating to the City of West Columbia’s water and sewer enterprise system. “The credit rating has a direct impact on the interest rate that an entity receives on its financing,” according to First Tryon Advisors, the city’s financial advisor. The rating indicates that the City is a very low credit risk. “I’m very pleased…

Mungo Homes launches monthly food drive

Mungo Homes is pleased to announce the launch of a “Feed Your Neighbor” food drive to take place the first weekend of each month. Non-perishable food items will be collected at any one of the 16 area model homes, and donations will be transported directly to Harvest Hope Food Bank. Steven Mungo said that it’s easy to forget that there…

Samsung to open $380 million plant In Newberry County, bringing 950 jobs

Samsung announced Wednesday, via a governor’s office release, that it is opening a new home appliance manufacturing facility in Newberry County. Newberry County is in close proximity to Richland and Lexington counties. The $380 million facility will produce some of Samsung’s most popular, appliances and generate more than 950 new jobs over the next three years. Located at 284 Mawsons…

BMW announces expansion, Gov. Henry McMaster issues statement

Gov. Henry McMaster  released the following statement Monday in response to the announcement of BMW Manufacturing Co.’s $600 million expansion and the creation of 1,000 new jobs in South Carolina: “BMW is the company that, in many ways, put South Carolina on the map when its leadership decided to build its first North American manufacturing facility in Spartanburg 25 years…

First Heritage Credit in West Columbia cuts ribbon

There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday for First Heritage Credit.  First Heritage Credit is at 2406-G Augusta Road, West Columbia. In the photo are: Michael Calvert, special assistant to U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson; and from First Heritage: David George: West Columbia Branch manger; Melissa Shirey: West Columbia Account Manger; David Hoard: District Manager of Columbia Area; Brant Davis: Lexington Branch…

Palmetto Health Foundation honors Bill McDaniels with naming of lobby

Palmetto Health Foundation and Palmetto Health leaders presented The Bill McDaniels Lobby at Palmetto Health Tuesday. The lobby, located on the 11th floor at Palmetto Health Richland, honors McDaniels for 27 years of support. He has supported Palmetto Health Cancer Centers through the McDaniels Golf Classic, an annual signature fundraising event. McDaniels has been instrumental in raising more than $4.5…

State’s unemployment rate at record low

South Carolina’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in May. That is the lowest rate the state has had since December 2000, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. The state’s rate was 4.3 percent in April. Richland County’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in May, rising from 3.5 percent in April. Lexington County’s unemployment rate rose to 3.1…

Two Columbia businesses complete contracts for industrial properties

Two Columbia businesses have completed contracts for industrial properties via NAI Avant this week. ADL Logistics, has leased 15,000-sq.-ft. at 1505 Key Road near Williams-Brice Stadium. Southern Lubricants has purchased an approximately 66,500-sq.-ft. industrial building at 1703 Atlas Road. NAI Avant announced the ADL deal in a press release, Thursday. The Southern Lubricants transaction was announced earlier this week. ADL Delivery…

Lexington Hometown Sears store plans “refresh”

Sears Hometown Store in Lexington is planning a refresh and a grand reopening celebration June 16-17. The announcement of the refresh came a day after Sears said it will close 72 Sears stores, auto centers and K-Mart stores. During the celebration weekend of the Sears Lexington store, customers will be offered discounts on almost everything in the store, according to a…

Batesburg-Leesville considering hospitality tax

The Batesburg-Leesville Town Council discussed the the feasibility of a hospitality tax, Monday at a work session, according to Ted Luckadoo, B-L’s town manager. Luckadoo detailed the hospitality tax meeting in a press release. A local hospitality tax of 2% sales tax would be added to prepared food and beverages. Its revenue would be used for projects related to tourism,…

Mungo Homes moves up in 2 building industry rankings

Mungo Homes, based in Irmo, has moved up in the 2016 National Home Builder rankings. The distinctions were included in a company press release, Thursday. Builder magazine, which bases rankings on units closed, lists Mungo Homes – with 1,512 closings. Mungo is ranked as the 35th largest builder in the country. It has moved up from a ranking of 38…

Columbia’s last Sears store closing, West Columbia K-Mart not on close list

Sears announced Wednesday that 72 more stores are being closed nationwide. On the list is the Sears store and Auto Center on Two Notch Road at the Columbia Place Mall. The closing list of stores includes 49 K-Marts, 16 Sears and and seven Sears auto centers. Click for closing list on Business Insider The Columbia Sears store will close in…

West Columbia on board with Congaree River Southern Lights Exhibit coinciding with eclipse

1/3lights 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Lights Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3lights 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Chris Robinson is an artist and professor at the University of South Carolina. He is creating a light-beaming art project that will be placed between the Gervais Street and Blossom Street bridges. Laura Ros, of “What’s Next Midlands” asked West Columbia City Council…