Business

New Academy Sports + Outdoors to create more than 100 jobs

Hiring will begin in a few months for another new store coming to the Harbison area. Academy Sports + Outdoors has started to build on Park Terrace Drive in Columbia. Senior Communications Coordinator Eric Herrera said the 71,000-square-foot store is slated to be open by summer of 2014. The Columbia location is expected to generate about 150 jobs. Hiring will take…

Prudential Midlands Real Estate earned Angie’s List customer service award

The agents and staff members at Prudential Midlands Real Estate have helped hundreds of families find homes since the agency set up shop in 2006. Thanks to the superior feedback from those customers, Prudential Midlands Real Estate has earned its first Angie’s List Super Service award. An online database of consumer ratings, Angie’s List allows people share their experiences with…

Market Place of Chapin ready for shoppers to browse selection of antiques, furnishings

Janice and Scott Lane welcome shoppers to the Market Place of Chapin. (photo by Rachel Ham) Local artisans, collectors and crafters have a new place to showcase their wares with the Market Place of Chapin. The Market Place has filled quickly since it opened on Dec. 1 with trinkets, handmade décor, vintage furniture, memorabilia of decades past and more — much…

Belk at Columbiana Centre announces plan to expand into former Sears space

Belk will invest more than $6 million into its flagship store in Columbia starting this fall. As announced by the company Friday, the existing Belk store at Columbiana Centre will be remodeled and eventually will expand into the former Sears. Plans are to relocate the men’s apparel and shoe departments into the space previously occupied by Sears. When the renovations…

Nordstrom announces new Harbison store to open this fall

Less than a month after Barnes & Noble closed its doors in Harbison, a new store has announced it is moving into the space. Seattle-based Nordstrom revealed plans Tuesday to open a second South Carolina store at Harbison Court in Columbia. Nordstrom Rack is scheduled to open this fall. Also opening this fall will be a Greenville Nordstrom Rack location….

Lexington Medical welcomes new physician to Lexington Family Practice Northeast

Dr. Jeremy Crisp (photo provided) Staff and patients at Lexington Family Practice Northeast were joined recently by a new member of the physician team: Dr. Jeremy Crisp. Lexington Family Practice Northeast is a physician practice in the Lexington Medical Center network. The practice offers comprehensive medical care for all age groups, individuals and families. Services include mobile mammography, cardiovascular ultrasound,…

Sears stores at Columbiana Centre to close in March

The Sears and Sears Auto Center stores at Columbiana Centre mall on Harbison Boulevard in Columbia will close in early March, according to a spokesman for the company. Howard Riefs, corporate communications director for Sears, said Thursday that the store’s lease was not renewed. “Store closures are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce on-going expenses, adjust…

City of Columbia offers workshop for businesses to learn about 2013 federal tax credits

The city of Columbia is offering a free workshop to inform businesses in the Columbia-Sumter Empowerment Zone about tax credits and incentives to help create jobs. Partnering with the Columbia Empowerment Zone Inc., the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and business tax credit adviser RetroTax, the city will educate business owners on various tax incentives available through the U.S. Department…

New Cayce restaurant serving up family-style favorites

Willie and Mary Robinson invite you to enjoy home-cooked favorites from their kitchen at Down Home Café in Cayce. (photo by Rachel Ham) With her husband, Willie, by her side, Mary Robinson has returned to the restaurant game and is dishing up Southern specials from hamburgers to gizzards to pork chops. Robinson first operated The Snack Box on Charleston Highway…

USC grad making Devine Street sweeter with Silver Spoon Bake Shop

This peach pie is just one example of the handmade cakes, pastries and desserts crafted at Silver Spoon Bake Shop on Devine Street. (photo provided) After satisfying sweet teeth in New York and Charleston, Erin Nobles is creating delectable desserts in the heart of Columbia. Nobles says her passion for baking started during the Christmas holidays of her childhood. Nobles…

Photo Gallery: Columbia Marriott unveils $12 million renovation

The Columbia Marriott on Hampton Street just got a facelift with the hopes of helping to recharge the Main Street district in the downtown area. The hotel, which opened in 1983, underwent a $12 million renovation to completely transform the look of the lobby space and to update all guest rooms and suites. “We felt it was beneficial to introduce…

Photo gallery: BlueCross BlueShield South Carolina BLUE retail store opens for business

BlueCross BlueShield’s newest retail store celebrated its grand opening Saturday with a prize drawing, an appearance from Santa Claus and visits from University of South Carolina mascot Cocky and Clemson University’s Tiger. The South Carolina BLUE retail store in the Columbiana Station shopping center is the third location in South Carolina. The other locations are in Greenville and Mount Pleasant….

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina to open new retail center in Columbia

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina plans to help Columbia residents better navigate the Affordable Care Act as it celebrates the grand opening of its retail center this Saturday. The health insurance carrier will open its third retail center to offer customers an in-person experience when choosing insurance. The center also will provide health and wellness programs. The South Carolina BLUE…

Dynamic Health and Fitness celebrates first anniversary, future expansion

Dynamic Health and Fitness co-owner Matt Mollohan cuts the ribbon as the fitness center marked one year in business in Lexington. (photo by Rachel Ham) Just one year after opening its doors in Lexington, Dynamic Health and Fitness is ready to expand. Owners Matt and Nikki Mollohan and General Manager Jody Parks welcomed members of the Greater Lexington Chamber of…

Local agency launches Pay It Forward Hiring Drive

A local staffing agency is encouraging people to provide gainful employment for someone this holiday season through a newly launched hiring initiative. Express Employment Professionals, located in Lexington, opened the Pay It Forward Hiring Drive this month with the goal of putting 100 unemployed individuals to work before the new year. The company is asking that hiring managers consider people…

Chick-fil-A to open new Lexington location in 2014

(logo courtesy of Chick-fil-A) A new restaurant will break ground in a matter of weeks in Lexington, and company officials expect the eatery to be open before the summer months. Chick-fil-A is coming to Saluda Pointe, which sits off of U.S. Highway 378 at Interstate 20. The restaurant will join Chili’s, Moore Orthopedics and Wingate by Wyndham at the development…

Minority enterprise agency encourages small, minority-owned businesses to sign up for transportation projects

As Richland County gets closer to releasing millions of dollars from the Transportation Penny Tax Referendum that was passed during the 2012 presidential election, small business owners, female business owners and minority business owners are encouraged to sign up for future projects. Photo courtesy of the South Carolina Minority Business Development Agency. The South Carolina Minority Business Development Agency Business…

Two Midlands funeral homes merge

Starting this week, two locally-owned Midlands businesses are merging services at one location. Greenlawn Memorial Park and Thompson Funeral Homes announced Monday that Greenlawn Funeral Home now will be known as Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park will continue to offer including funeral services, on-site crematory and permanent memorialization. “We understand how…

Carolina Reiki Institute hosting celebration of healing Saturday

Margaret Self gave her first session of Reiki therapy 20 years ago. Now, the owner of Carolina Reiki Institute is inviting people to learn more about the alternative healing method this weekend. Carolina Reiki Institute will host a drop-in celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Self said she wanted to mark her anniversary as a Reiki practitioner with…

M. Gallery Interiors relocates to West Main in Lexington

Mandy Summers, owner of M. Gallery Interiors, welcomes family and friends to the shop’s grand opening at its new location. (photo by Rachel Ham) Over the years, the building at 202 West Main St. in Lexington has housed a mattress store, an art store, a thrift store and more. These days, local shoppers can find all they need for their…

Bojangles’ opens second of three new Midlands locations

Springdale Mayor Pat Smith, Drew Kennedy (field representative for U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson), West Metro Chamber Board of Directors Chairman and Director of Community Outreach at Lexington Medical Center Connie Watson, Bojangles’ Unit Director Debbie Raybon, Bojangles’ Area Director Tina Glover, and Chamber President and CEO Gregg Pinner cut the ribbon on Springdale’s new Bojangles’ location. (photo provided) The Town…

City of Camden looking to revitalize former Maxway Department Store site

Interested parties desiring to bring a portion of an historic city back to life are invited to work with officials in Camden. The city has sent out a request for proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of the former Maxway Department Store site. The property is on the corner of Broad and Rutledge streets in the downtown Camden. Featuring 265…

Lexington Chamber welcomes new member Compton’s Kitchen

The staff at Compton’s Kitchen are all smiles as they celebrate joining the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting Tuesday. (photo by Rachel Ham) The past and present of Compton’s Kitchen came out Tuesday to the new Lexington location as the local eatery was welcomed into the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce. Current owner Martha Cooke was…