2018-08-23 / Business

City Snippets

Lexington has family friendly score

Lexington was named seventh among the 10 best places in South Carolina to raise your family, according to a new Wallethub study. The study measured 50 Palmetto State cities using metrics like affordability and education. The Five Forks area of Greenville was rated tops in the survey. wallethub.com/edu/best-places-to-live-in-southcarolina for-families/51540/#main-findings.

Confederate flag to go on display

The Confederate flag taken from the State House grounds three years ago will be on display at South Carolina’s military history museum within the next few months, though exactly where remains uncertain. “We’ll frame it, and put it up,” said Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum Director Allen Roberson.

MUSC again ranked S.C.’s best

The Medical University of South Carolina was ranked the No. 1 hospital in the Palmetto State for the fourth year in a row, according to new rankings from U. S. News and World Report. Providence Hospital in Columbia was tied with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System-Greenville for fifth place.

S.C. not good place to have baby

Personal finance website Wallethub reports South Carolina is the third-worst state in the nation in which to have a baby. A study compared 26 areas of cost and health care accessibility ranging from delivery charges to pediatricians per capita. With a total score of 27.53, South Carolina ranked ahead of only Mississippi and Alabama.

New gastropub comes to Main Street

A new gastropub, The Aristocrat, has opened at 1001 Washington Street.

New café, caterer opening on Main

A new café and caterer, God’s Blessing Café at 1801 Main Street, has opened and is serving full-service breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday.

McDonald’s modernizing area restaurants

Midlands-area McDonald’s restaurants are included in a $109-million investment in the construction and modernization of 190 McDonald’s restaurants in South Carolina in 2018 and 2019. In total, McDonald’s and franchisees are investing $6 billion to modernize most U.S. restaurants by 2020.

701 Whaley renovating pool area

701 Whaley is launching a $2.5 million renovation of its pool area to include upgrading and glassing in the facility.

Indah opening Arcade coffee shop

Indah Coffee is opening its second coffee shop inside the historic Arcade building at 1332 Main Street. Rollout is scheduled for mid-September.

Waitr food delivery service debuts

Waitr, a food delivery app for local restaurants with a $5 flat fee, is opening this week in Columbia. The company says it expects to hire 200 workers.

Boxing Academy adds U-Haul affiliation

Robinson-Neal Boxing Academy at 1971 Legrand Road will offer U-Haul trucks, towing equipment, moving supplies, and in-store pick-up for boxes.

S.C. employment sets record

The number of persons working across the South Carolina increased by 1,651 people to 2,227,624, setting a new record level. Unemployment decreased significantly for the fourth consecutive month by 4,766 to 82,330. Nationally, the unemployment rate ticked lower to 3.9 percent from June’s rate of 4.0 percent.

Persona Pizza closes on Main Street

Persona Pizza on Main Street has closed after a less than two-year run in downtown Columbia.

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