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Midlands Media Group named Business of the Year at Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Gala

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Hobby Lobby, Aiden Lane open in new Lexington Marketplace shopping center

New Hobby Lobby, Lexington (ColaDaily photos)  The new Hobby Lobby store in the Lexington Marketplace shopping center has opened. Aiden Lane, a ladies’ apparel store has opened, too. It’s the complex that will hold The Fresh Market that is coming to Lexington. Hobby Lobby held a grand opening last Monday and Aiden Lane opened last Wednesday. The shopping center is…

Diablo’s Southwest Grill opens in Columbia

Midlands Media Group photo Diablo’s Southwest Grill, boasting true Southwest flavors, has opened in Columbia. The new location is at 460 Killian Rd. Diablo’s, an Augusta GA based company, opened its doors last Saturday. “Our motto is Fast- Fresh -Authentic and we truly mean it” says Carl Wallace co-founder and culinary direction of Diablo’s. “Customers today demand fresh food served quickly…

The Tower on Gervais Street sold for $28 million

The Tower (CBRE photo) The Tower at 1301 Gervais, Columbia has been sold. The sale was arranged by CBRE, according to a company press release issued Tuesday.  The Tower is described by CBRE as a 298,926-square-foot Class-A office building. RealOp Investments, LLC, of Greenville acquired the property from Morning Calm Management for $28,125,000. CBRE’s Patrick Gildea, Aaron Dupree, Martin Moore…

Charter NEX Films establishing new Richland County manufacturing operations, with 110 new jobs

Charter NEX Films is locating new specialty film manufacturing operations in Richland County. The project is expected to bring $85 million of capital investment and lead to the creation of more than 110 new jobs. Charter NEX Films is one of North America’s leading independent producers of high-performance specialty films used in flexible packaging and other critical performance applications. With…

UPDATE – Chick-Fil-A sidewalk vending request at Main and Lady streets denied by city council

Columbia City Council denied the restaurant’s application for a food cart on Main Street Tuesday night. The Five Points Chick-Fil-A at 901 Harden St. was asking Columbia City Council for approval to operate a stationary sidewalk vending cart at the northeast corner of Main Street and Lady streets. Chick-Fil-A applied for a sidewalk vending license to sell chicken sandwiches, its waffle…

Residence Inn opens across from Lexington Medical Center

Residence Inn by Marriott in the greater West Columbia, Lexington area has opened. (ColaDaily Photos) The new 108-room Residence Inn by Marriott in the greater West Columbia, Lexington area has opened. Clancy Cipkala, managing partner and CEO of Solara Hospitality based in Columbia announced the opening Thursday. “Based on its location directly across from the Lexington Medical Center on Highway…

Panera Bread Cafes in South Carolina, Georgia helping hurricane victims via chocolate chip cookies

Beginning Friday, a portion of all Panera Bread’s Chocolate Chipper cookie sales this September will go benefit the Greater Houston Community Foundation in support of flood victims. Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, announced the special impromptu month-long promotion Thursday to support the relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Harvey’s recent devastation in the Houston, Texas area. The company,…

Great Southern Homes gives away a boat

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Lexington-based First Community Corp acquiring Easley’s Cornerstone National Bank

First Community Bank branch in West Columbia. (ColaDaily photo) Lexington-based First Community Corp. is in the process of acquiring Easley’s Cornerstone National Bank. The $25.8 million deal could close as early as Oct. 20. First Community Corp. and Easley-based Cornerstone Bancorp announced Wednesday morning that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the South Carolina Board of Financial Institutions have…

Eagle Aviation hosts 100-plus planes Monday for eclipse

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Chernoff Newman celebrates “The Big Spectacle” with big spectacles and the Fireflies

John Katz, Fireflies, David Campbell and Heather Price, Chernoff Newman. (ColaDaily photo)  Chernoff Newman, with the Columbia Fireflies, unveiled the world’s largest eclipse glasses at Columbia’s Spirit Communications Park on Friday. “It’s a big, once-in-a-lifetime event, and we wanted to be part of it,” said David Campbell, Chernoff Newman president, referring to the eclipse. Chernoff Newman is a Columbia-based marketing…

Columbia’s new Urban Cookhouse is home base for 13 restaurants

Urban Cookhouse at 3000 Devine Street in Columbia is open.  The restaurant opened for business Thursday, and it will hold a grand opening Saturday, according to a company press release. Will Gillespie, owner and president of Urban Cookhouse, is a Columbia native.  The building is a perfect addition to the large assortment of other locally-owned businesses, stated the release. “We…

Panera Bread to launch delivery service in Columbia

Panera Bread has announced the launch of their new small order delivery service. The company said it will bring more than 300 new jobs to South Carolina and Georgia. Panera Bread is owned by Ohio-based Covelli Enterprises. Covelli first launched delivery service in its Dayton, Ohio market. This was one of the first cites to offer Panera Bread delivery nationwide….

Jim Hudson Automotive Group donates $200,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank for hunger programs

Jim Hudson Automotive Group has provided the opportunity for one million meals to the hungry. Jim Hudson, Denise Holland and Keith Hudson, with members of the Jim Hudson Automotive Group at Harvest Hope Food Bank, Monday. (Terry Ward Photo)  Jim Hudson Automotive Group donated $200,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank. The charitable donation is a result of their successful Sixth Annual Jim…

Trane expanding Richland County operations, to add 700 jobs

Trane announced Thursday that it is expanding its existing Richland County operations. The business is projected to invest $96 million and create 700 new jobs to increase its overall flexibility in line with business growth. Trane has approximately 600 employees in South Carolina and offers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as…

Freddy’s Steakburgers opens in West Columbia

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Gov. Henry McMaster announces job fairs to help displaced VC Summer workers

Gov, Henry McMaster on Thursday announced the creation of a rapid response coalition of public and private organizations called “Employ SC.” The team will begin holding job fairs to assist those affected by the suspension of the VC Summer nuclear reactor project. The first event will be held in Chapin on Monday, Aug. 14. Employ SC will provide South Carolinians…

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…