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Business

  • Business on the bypass

    Bo Thai Cuisine had its regular, devoted customers.

    But the exotic eatery, known for its fresh stir fry dishes and flavorful curries, recently closed its doors on S.C. 9 Bypass after almost three years of business.

    A “Sorry, we’re closed” sign hangs in one window, a “For sale” sign in another.

    Those may be signs of the times.

    Another restaurant on the S.C. 9 Bypass with a more familiar name, Dairy Queen, announced its closing with a sign, too.

  • Wanted: new supervisor for Lancaster airport

    For the second time in a year, the administration at the Lancaster County Airport is changing.

    Sandy Laubscher, a county employee who took over as airport supervisor in December, is stepping down from the post today to accept a management position at a Rock Hill company.

    Laubscher took over at the airport after Lancaster Aviation, a private business that oversaw the day-to-day operations at the airport for more than six years, shut down its operations there at the end of 2009.

  • Kershaw set to get its first tattoo business

    KERSHAW – Tattoo enthusiasts may soon be able to get their ink in Kershaw.

    Kershaw Town Council passed first reading of an ordinance Aug. 16 to allow tattoo facilities in its  general commercial zoning district.

    C.J. Brower, 23, wants to open a tattoo shop and rented a store next to Town Hall before council passed the ordinance to allow tattoo facilities. However, the zoning district where that building is situated in a more restrictive zoning district.

    Mayor Wayne Rhodes expressed concern about the shop being right next to Town Hall last month.

  • New ALDI store draws crowds

    INDIAN LAND – Margaret Barfield carefully scanned the shelves for deals as she pushed her cart through the new ALDI food market in Indian Land.

    Barfield, who lives just miles from the store, was one of many shoppers swarming the aisles of the store during its grand opening Thursday morning.

    She has been traveling to the Rock Hill ALDI for years to take advantage of the chain’s unique discounts and brands, and couldn’t wait for her favorite store to open near her home. The new store is at the intersection of Marvin Road and U.S. 521.

  • Verizon building office here

    Customers of Verizon Wireless will soon have much spacier confines to browse products and take care of other cell phone-related business.

    Verizon Wireless in Lancaster is having a new office built on S.C. 9 Bypass near the Founders Federal Credit Union headquarters. It will replace the space it’s been using across from Walmart since it took the place of Alltel last year.

    Louis Streater, code enforcer for the city of Lancaster, said a building permit was granted May 4 to WT DuBois Construction Inc. of Tennessee, the contractor for the project.

  • Three common myths about retirement security

    Retirement Strategy is the roadmap that shows us where to go, provides signposts along the way and gets us back on track if we make a wrong turn. With a Retirement Strategy in hand, you have a better chance of getting where you want to be. Without it, you may flounder or even remain stuck in the same place you are today.

    Today most of us expect to live longer, healthier and more active lives. How are you going to spend your time in retirement? Will you visit family? Travel? Volunteer?

  • Selena Catoe believes in Goodwill’s job training

    Selena Catoe wanted a change.

    Despite the poor economy and the fact that she already had a stable nursing job at Springs Memorial Hospital, the lifelong Lancaster resident was looking for a new profession. Catoe, 38, said she loves nursing but wanted to express herself in a “happier setting.”

    “Event planning has always been something I wanted to do, but going into nursing was a career I could depend on,” she said.

  • Truck-driving trainer hopes to bring jobs

    VAN WYCK – It’s taken him more than 20 years, but Steven Muratore is ready to make his and several aspiring truck drivers’ dreams come true.

    Muratore opened the KDS Commercial Driver Training Institute in Van Wyck on June 25 with the hope that he could help reduce the county’s high unemployment numbers.

    Through extensive classroom and on-the-road training, Muratore said students will be able to earn their Commercial Drivers License, Class A, allowing them to drive tractor-trailer trucks.

  • Haile Gold Mine celebrates its five-year safety record

    KERSHAW – Haile Gold Mine employees, county officials and media representatives entered an air-conditioned tent at the mine on June 29, not knowing why they had been called there.

    Diane Garrett, chief executive officer of Romarco Minerals, which owns about 4,000 acres of land at the mine, soon made an announcement to the curious crowd.

    The company was celebrating five years with no reportable injuries, Garrett said. She thanked the employees for helping achieve the safety record.

  • IL Walmart to open Aug. 18

    INDIAN LAND – A prototype Walmart store is almost ready to open in Indian Land.

    Shoppers are getting ready for the new store, located off U.S. 521 just before the state line, to open its doors on Aug. 18. Store manager John Clevenger said Walmart will begin moving into the 180,000-square-foot building on July 12, stocking shelves and readying for the grand opening.

    This will be one of Walmart’s new prototype stores, which will feature a new logo, a more natural outdoor color and a revamped in-store design.