2017-11-10 / Business

City Snippets

Duke to spend $3B in S.C.

Duke Energy plans to spend $3 billion over the next decade to strengthen the power gr id in South Carolina, supporting 3,300 jobs and $116 million in new tax revenue

North Columbia development announced

Columbia businessman Willie Tompkins has announced plans to develop Azurest at Heritage Creek, a 37-acre residential and retail development at 1307 Mason Road in North Columbia

Ice rink returns on Thanksgiving

Main Street ICE, Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, will return for its sixth season on Thanksgiving Day at Boyd Plaza at the corner of Main and Hampton streets. The facility will remain open until January 15.

Community center underway

Construction is underway on the eight-acre Busby Street Community Resource & Training Center, a facility with a conference room and recreation area, a new police substation and, in a second phase, walking trails, playground, and plazas.

Business magazine ranks state

South Carolina ranks No. 6 in Site Selection magazine’s business climate rankings. Georgia continues its string of No. 1 rankings followed by North Carolina, Texas, Ohio, and Tennessee.

BMW brand U.S. sales decline

Despite a 9.5 percent gain in sales of the Spartanburg-produced X5, BMW brand sales were down 3.4 percent in the United States for the month of October.

Huge solar projects announced

Cypress Creek Renewables of Durham, N.C., says it wants to invest more than $1.5 billion to build 2 GW of solar energy facilities across South Carolina. The effort is expected to create nearly 10,000 construction jobs and power for more than 600,000 homes.

Ports Authority buys new cranes

Record growth in container shipments has led the S. C. State Ports Authority’s to spend $69.5 million on six new ship-to-shore cranes at its Charleston facilities.

Shoe Carnival store relocates

Shoe Carnival has relocated its Columbia store to Harbison Court, 264 Harbison Boulevard, near Nordstrom Rack and Marshalls.

Salvation Army opens Irmo store

The Salvation Army has opened its second Family Store in the Midlands at 1341 Dutch Fork Road in Irmo.

Chamber honors three businessmen

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce has recognized Michelin North American Chairman Pete Selleck as 2017 Business Leader of the Year, Rep. Gary Simrill as Public Servant of the Year, and William L. Bethea Jr., chairman, South Carolina Military Base Task Force as winner of the Sgt. William Jasper Freedom Award.

Developer buys downtown lot

908 Group Holdings of Tampa, Florida, a developer specializing in student housing, has purchased the five-acre lot at 1400 Huger Street that once housed Richland County’s traffic court and the Columbia magistrate, for $4 million.

Chamber head stepping down

Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center president and CEO Gregg Pinner has decided to step down effective immediately to pursue other interests.

Clemson building new business college

Clemson has begun construction of an $87 million, 176,000- square-foot College of Business across from Bowman Field. The building is expected to open in early 2020.

Woman led car repair shop opens

Claudia Donnelley is opening Minnie’s Auto Repair at 6220 St. Andrews Road with a majority-female technical and office staff. The company’s motto is: "Auto care and repair by women, for women."

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