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Business

  • Two large home builders merge

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., and DALLAS – Pulte Homes and Centex Corp. announced last week a merger agreement under which Pulte and Centex will combine in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at $3.1 billion, including $1.8 billion of net debt.

    In 2008, Pulte and Centex delivered more than 39,000 closings with combined revenues of $11.6 billion. The combined company will have the strongest liquidity position among its peer group with more than $3.4 billion of cash as of March 31, 2009, a news release said.

  • Walgreens to open this summer

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land residents will have another option for picking up prescription drugs and daily essentials when Walgreens pharmacy opens this summer.

    The 14,820-square foot store, located at Jim Wilson Road and Charlotte Highway, is slated to open in the next few months.

    Walgreens’ spokesman Robert Elfinger said construction on the building and work on the interior are almost complete, although there are too many variables, such as weather conditions and remaining site work, to say exactly when the store will open.

  • Springs Memorial upgrades its MRI; says patients will benefit

    Springs Memorial Hospital has updated the software of its MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) system to a high-definition and highly enhanced version.  

    The Signa EXCITE 1.5T HD system provides doctors at Springs Memorial with highly detailed pictures of anatomy and pathology to help them evaluate a wide range of conditions, including stroke, muscoskelatal and heart disease.

  • More produce stands on the way?

    Fresh fruits and vegetables may soon be available along local roads and highways, as a new produce stand initiative rolls out across the state

    As part of the S.C. Department of Agriculture’s S.C. Certified program, 200 farm product stands are planned for the 23 distressed and least-developed areas in the state.

    A county must meet two criteria established by the Department of Revenue to be considered distressed – a high unemployment rate and a low per-capita income.

  • Lowe’s coming to IL soon

    INDIAN LAND – Lancaster County residents will soon have a new place to buy hardware and supplies for their construction, home-improvement and gardening needs.

    Construction of a Lowe’s home-improvement store, near the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 160, is progressing on schedule.

    The 103,000-square-foot store will have a 31,000-square-foot garden center, said company spokeswoman Karen Cobb. The $12 million investment will create 120 new jobs, the majority of which will be full-time.

  • Economy hits home at daycares

    Mark Burbee wasn’t sure how the declining economy would affect his daycare business. But despite Lancaster County’s high unemployment rate, he said he’s doing just fine.

    Burbee, owner of Burbee Early Care and Education Center in Lancaster, said enrollment leveled off for several months last year as the economy began to decline. The center normally holds a maximum of 125 children, but enrollment dropped to about 100.

  • Soliant color on cruiser

    Lancaster-based Soliant is adding its own special paint film to a new police cruiser, the E7, which is being built by an Atlanta company.

     Soliant makes the film at its 100-employee plant on S.C. 9. It’s a special paint film that’s applied to auto components during the parts-molding process, which will help automakers cut costs and reduce solvent emissions during production.

    The films will be used extensively on Carbon Motors Corp.’s E7 vehicles, says John Cupstid, Soliant director of sales and marketing.

  • Merle Norman sponsors Most Kissable Lips contest

    Pucker up, women. If you believe your lips are irresistible, there’s a chance you could go home with a basket of goodies.

    The Merle Norman Cosmetics at 949 N. Main St. is having a Most Kissable Lips contest. It started Tuesday and runs through Valentine’s Day.

    Store owner Toni Hicks said Merle Norman is having the event at all its locations. Three winners will be chosen at the store and will each receive a gift basket containing more than $50 in store products.

  • Harris Teeter to open

    INDIAN LAND – Seven years after Harris Teeter left Lancaster County, a new location is opening in Indian Land.

    Harris Teeter will celebrate its grand opening March 18 at the Carolina Commons shopping center off U.S. 521 at Sun City Carolina Lakes. The 48,000-square-foot store, which is larger than average, will feature a pharmacy and a Starbucks coffee shop.

    Harris Teeter had a store in Lancaster for many years, but it closed in February 2002. The store, located at 409 W. Meeting St., shut its doors after almost 40 years  due to declining sales.

  • Awards honor business, two individuals

    A funeral home, an auctioneer and Lancaster civic leader were honored at the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting Thursday night.

    The chamber holds its annual meeting to honor the county’s Small Business of the Year, the chamber’s Volunteer of the Year and hand out a citizenship and service award.

    Live and silent auctions are also held to raise money for chamber programs.

    Business of the Year

    The chamber’s Small Business of the Year is Crawford Funeral Home. The award is sponsored by First Citizens Bank.