Columbia Star

1963        Celebrating 60 Years      2023

City Snippets

Riverbanks has another record year

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden welcomed a record 1,053,377 visitors during the 2013- 2014 fiscal year that ended on June 30. This is the fifth consecutive year that Riverbanks has attracted more than onemillion visitors. Riverbanks is the largest gated attraction in South Carolina and ranks as one of the largest mid-sized zoos in the nation. Riverbanks generates more than $60 million in business sales and is responsible for creating more than 700 jobs in the Midlands.

Beltline Lizzards getting facelift

After 32 years, the Lizzards Thicket restaurant on Beltline Boulevard is getting a $500,000 facelift with a new roof, a front porch, a freshened interior, as well as work on building issues, including its air-conditioning unit. The Columbiabased family business, which has 15 South Carolina locations, is slowly working its way through remodeling all of its older restaurants, owner Bobby Williams said. Work begins on the Beltline location August 3.

Fort hosting military career fair

Ft. Jackson will host a military career fair featuring more than 60 employers and colleges from 9 a.m. to noon August 5 at the Solomon Center. The fair is open to all military personnel, military spouses, veterans and Department of Defense civilian employees. Those attending the event should dress in business or professional clothing and bring along multiple copies of their resume. For more information, call (803) 751-5452.

Google has impact on economy

In 2013, Google helped provide $650 million worth of economic activity in South Carolina with 15,000 Palmetto State businesses and nonprofits benefitting from its on-line tools and ads. Additionally, the site provided $297,000 of free advertising to South Carolina nonprofits via Google Ad Grants program. For more information, visit reports/sc.html.

Retailer to build at Corley Lumber site

Florence-based specialty retailer Tomlinson Stores plans to build a 20,000- square-foot store on part of a 70-acre section of the former Corley Lumber Mill site on east of Lexington. The store is part of the first phase in a mixed-use project that calls for a 236,000-square-foot commercial center with retail and office space as well as 10 additional outparcels. Plans also include a multiple-screen theater and a 250 to 300-unit multifamily apartment complex.

Gun store opening Lowcountry branches

Columbia-based firearms and outdoor gear retailer Palmetto State Armory has two large gun stores under development in Mount Pleasant and Summerville. The 21,000-square-foot Mount Pleasant store will offer firearms, outdoor equipment, and fishing gear. The store opens in October. Work is yet to begin on the 31,000-square-foot Summerville store that includes a firing range.

S.C. gets “F” from parents group

The National Partnership for Women & Families awarded South Carolina a grade of “F,” ranking it among the worst states in the country for state policies affecting new parents in the workforce, a guarantee of pregnancy accommodations for expectant mothers, job protection under a state-level family leave act, and paid family and medical leave. A Partnership study also cited chronic poverty for families who are at the highest risk of financial crisis after birth.

Aircraft service company moving

Aircraft Maintenance Services relocated from Camden to the Jim Hamilton – L.B. Owens Airport in Columbia. The company’s five licensed technicians inspect and repair aircraft. Though the company still maintains two technicians at Camden’s Woodward Field, moving the headquarters and core operations to Richland County puts the business in a more centralized location with 10,000 square feet of hangar space, said company president Frank Schumpert.

Investor buys Columbia Place loan

Moonbeam Capital Investments, a Las Vegas real estate company that specializes in buying non-performing loans and distressed properties, purchased a loan collateralized by the Columbia Place Mall. The amount of the note nor the seller were released. “We are experts at reviving distressed properties and turning them into shopping and entertainment destinations. We hope to see the same positive changes at the Columbia Place Mall,” said Steven Maksin, Moonbeam Capital CEO. A headline in last week’s Columbia Star incorrectly reported that the mall had a new owner.

USC, Palmetto Health join stroke network

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Palmetto Health have joined a national network of 25 stroke centers researching the prevention, treatment, and recovery from stroke. The network, headed by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on streamlining stroke research and improving the efficiency of clinical trials.

Orangeburg getting Walmart-lite

The City of Orangeburg is selling a 7.48- acre tract to Cypress Development that intends to build a 41,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market on the site located immediately behind CVS, with frontage on both U.S. 301 and Stonewall Jackson Boulevard. Walmart operates similar facilities in Greer and Myrtle Beach. The markets are about one quarter the size of a typical Walmart and usually employ about 95 persons.

S.C. logs fewer construction jobs

South Carolina lost 600 constructionrelated jobs between May and June, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. The state had 80,700 construction jobs in June compared with 81,300 for the previous month, a 0.7 percent decline, the trade group reported. South Carolina was among 27 states that lost construction jobs between May and June, the association said.

SCDOT to analyze Midlands’ interstates

The S.C. Department of Transportation plans to conduct an analysis of the Midlands’ interstate highway corridor to addresses needs of the area to sustain economic growth. The analysis will be similar to studies the agency has done on the Interstate-526 corridor in Charleston and the Interstate-85 corridor in Greenville.

Warming to devastate S.C. coast

South Carolina’s coast is likely to see extreme floods of more than four feet above high tide within 40 years in a danger zone that includes 54,000 homes and $24 billion in property, according to Climate Central of Princeton, N.J., a nonprofit group that surveys and conducts climate change studies. The information is available on an interactive map on the organization’s website 1rjkMsv where visitors can enter their zip code and see various flooding scenarios.

Brewing company brings 400 new jobs

California brewer Stone Brewing Co. has passed on opportunities to build an East Coast production facility at sites in South Carolina that included Lexington and Greenville, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce. Stone is the 10th largest brewer in the nation and wants to add a facility closer to the East Coast. The facility is expected to bring around $31 million in investments from Stone and could deliver 400 new jobs for the state that lands the deal.

Google assisting Columbia startups

The USC-Columbia Technology Incubator and its Tminus6 startup accelerator have entered into a partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs, a unit of Google Inc. that will give Columbia area startups broad exposure on the World Wide Web. Raghav Badiger, director of Tminus6, said the Google connection will give Columbia startups access to an array of Google products and services and the potential to receive equity investments from Google’s venture capital arm.

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