Business

Military veterans bring new business to Columbia

When Marcus Scarborough completed his service with the U.S. Navy, he decided to take on corporate America. Scarborough stepped into the world of entrepreneurship after four years working in marketing and recruitment for a financial banking institution then selling medical devices. Scarborough, a former nuclear submarine officer and now owner of Save-A-Lot on Harden Street, is one of several of…

Freight brokerage firm to create 100 jobs in downtown Columbia

A Cincinnati-based freight brokerage firm is setting up operations in downtown Columbia and bringing 100 new jobs. Total Quality Logistics is making an $565,000 investment that will establish a logistics and sales operations office in the Bank of America Financial Center at 1901 Main St. “We have experienced great success in South Carolina with our Charleston office. We’re excited to…

Photo Gallery: New dance studio opens in the Vista

  People are captivated with getting down on the dance floor, which is apparent by the popularity of shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With The Stars.” A local dance instructor has opened a new studio in the Vista to teach the professional movers and those with two left feet how to move. “I want people…

Chick-fil-A breaks ground on new location at Killian Crossing development

Chick-fil-A is bringing its popular chicken strips and Polynesian sauce to northeast Columbia. Restaurant officials and Richland County leaders broke ground Thursday on the new location in the Killian Crossing development off Interstate 77. Along with the Chick-fil-A mascot, Richland County Council Chairman Torrey Rush (center) and owner and operator Aaron Jackson (right) celebrate Chick-fil-A’s newest location on Clemson Road….

Hot Shots Archery combines elements of dodgeball, paintball

There’s a new game in town intended for kids and adults, and it combines elements of archery, dodgeball and even paintball. Hot Shots Archery combines dodge ball, archery and paintball all into one. (photo provided) Josh Rivers brought Hot Shots Archery Games to the Columbia area with his wife and co-owner, Christina. Rivers said he owes the inspiration to an infomercial. The…

Golden Hills Country Club unveils renovated, ‘more playable’ golf course

Golfers are back on a Lexington course after it underwent extensive renovations designed to improve the experience for both amateurs and professionals. Golfers enjoy the scenic views at Golden Hills. (photo by Rachel Ham) Golden Hills Golf and Country Club unveiled its new greens in early August after 11 weeks of construction. Every one of the 18 holes received at…

Lexington family aims to ‘breathe life’ into Main Street building with family-friendly eatery

Jason and Milana Frye know “everyone loves a good dog” and have brought all-American flavors to Lexington’s Main Street with a brand-new restaurant. The husband-and-wife duo took up residence in a family-owned building that has been a barbershop, print shop and more over the years. With help from Jason’s mother, Joann, they’ve transformed it into the retro-style Top Dogs. Jason…

More jobs coming to Lexington County with Shaw Industries expansion

More than 50 new jobs are coming to Lexington County through an expansion at Shaw Industries. Company officials announced Wednesday plans to add capacity to the existing carpet fiber operation for nylon and polyester production with a $45 million investment. Shaw is the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floorcovering provider. The plant on St. Andrews Road will feature new polyester extrusion operations to…

Cromer’s celebrates 80 years of being ‘guaranteed worst in town’

  Cromer’s is as much a part of Columbia’s food culture as it is a testament to the success of a locally grown and owned product. The family-owned business, known for the “guaranteed worst” roasted and boiled peanuts, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year with a special event this Saturday. Julian Cromer founded Cromer’s in 1935, and the Lexington…

Local manufacturing facility to produce 2,400 military firearms at Columbia factory

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson was in town Monday to announce a contract between the U.S. Department of Defense and Columbia’s FN Manufacturing. The contract will authorize the local facility to produce more than 2,000 M240B medium-size machine guns for military use. The contract will secure more than 400 jobs at the factory. (photo by Ali O’Hara) “I am humbled and inspired by the people…

County-approved Costco site plan waits for OK from state

Costco is a step closer to breaking ground on a Columbia location. South Carolina Department of Transportation officials are reviewing an encroachment permit application from Costco to ensure the store’s site plans comply with the agency’s road requirements. Richland County officials approved Costco’s plans to set up shop on Piney Grove Road in the Harbison area this week. The national warehouse…

Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson says Costco should go in Dutch Square Center

The best place for Costco to set up shop in Columbia is Dutch Square Center, according to Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson. Dickerson represents District 2, which includes the Broad River Road and Harbison communities where officials with the national membership retail warehouse club want to set up shop. The councilwoman said she emailed County Administrator Tony McDonald three months ago…

Anna’s Linens stores in Columbia close as company officials file for bankruptcy

Anna’s Linens, a home goods retailer, is closing locations in Columbia as the company files for bankruptcy, and stores across the country are currently holding going-out-of-business sales to clear merchandise. Anna’s Linens had three locations in Columbia — on Two Notch Road, Forest Drive and Harbison Court. The Harbison location closed in February and was replaced with a Five Below in…

Development on former Kline property faces setback in design approval process

Developers of a proposed mixed-use development hit a snag in Columbia’s planning process Thursday. The city’s Design Development Review Commission denied a certificate of design to Homes Urban Property Co. for the mix of housing and retail at the corner of Gervias and Huger streets. A rendering of the potential development at the corner of Huger and Gervais streets (photo…

‘There’s a new steak in town’: Lexington family revamps Main Street eatery

The Mediterranean food and décor are gone, and in their place are steak and potatoes, as a Lexington family has overhauled a popular Main Street spot. Bob and Jannice Whitworth relocated to Lexington about six years ago to be closer to family. When another round of transfer orders came in from Bob’s job with Home Depot, they didn’t want to leave behind the…

New development on Forest Drive to bring Petco, Panera Bread near Fort Jackson

Construction is nearly complete on a development expected to bring several restaurants and retail stores to the Forest Acres community. Columbia Development is constructing a retail and restaurant space on Forest Drive. (photo by Kelly Petty) Columbia Development Group LLC will complete work on the 25,000-square-foot, single-story building on Forest Drive near Fort Jackson in late November. “We are truly…

New York Butcher Shoppe to offer meat, wine at Gervais Street location

A Greenville-based market known for its quality cuts of meat is setting up shop near the Five Points area. New York Butcher Shoppe will open its doors at the corner of Gervais and Woodrow streets offering customers meats,cheeses, prepared foods and wine. “This is an excellent market for us,” said Jim Tindal, CEO of parent company Butcher Shoppes International LLC….

Five Points, Devine Street businesses work to keep people shopping local during tax-free weekend

South Carolina’s tax-free weekend sends shoppers flocking to stores each year, and a group of Columbia business owners have joined forces in an effort to keep as many of those dollars in town as possible. Shoppers were greeted warmly at The OOPS! Co. (photo by Allen Wallace) Devine Street and Five Points merchants teamed up for the second annual Summer Sidewalk…

Midwood Smokehouse brings Texas-style barbecue to Columbia

Texas-style barbecue is making its way to Columbia. Charlotte-based restaurant firm FS Food Group is bringing one of its popular restaurants, Midwood Smokehouse, to the Cross Hill Market off Fort Jackson Boulevard. “We are excited to be part of the Culinary Community in Columbia for many years to come,” said Frank Scibelli, founder and owner of FS Food Group. “This…

Columbia organization marks 50 years of support, education for women in construction industry

People who’ve shopped at a new retail store, dropped their children off at a new school or worshiped in a new church are connected to five decades of history in the Columbia area. Members of the local chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction are celebrating the organization’s 50th birthday this year, and the women hold key positions at…

Marketing veterans bring Flaire to Columbia’s Main Street

Columbia’s newest Main Street business officially opened its doors Thursday evening. Flaire Inc. Executive Director Sarah Lewis (left) and CEO Jenifer Maldonado Wells welcomed guests like Hal Stevenson to their new office Thursday. (photo by Allen Wallace) Flaire Inc. has made its home in a loft-style office suite at 1537B Main St. and welcomed visitors with refreshments and live music during…

Marshall’s to open new location near Fort Jackson later this month

Officials with Marshall’s, a national discount retail clothing and goods store, announced a grand opening Aug. 20 for a new location at Rosewood Crossing. The store is relocating from Parklane Road to Rosewood Crossing on Fort Jackson Boulevard. “The new Columbia store will be stocked weekly with a new, fresh assortment of the brand name and designer merchandise that our…