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Business

  • IL Walmart adding home delivery

    Whether you need a carton of eggs or a lawnmower, your local Walmart is gearing up to serve you in a way it never has before.

    Starting May 17, the Indian Land Walmart, located at 10048 Charlotte Highway, will become the first store in South Carolina to offer home-delivery for nearly everything the retailer sells, said Heidi Welch, assistant manager of e-commerce.

    The only exceptions? Alcohol and apparel. Aside from that, the store will deliver groceries and anything else it has in stock – no matter how big or small, according to Welch.

  • Keer America ramping up new plant

    A fresh infusion of manufacturing jobs is coming to Lancaster County.

    China-based Keer America is set to add 350 jobs when its newest yarn production plant on Old Bailes Road in Indian Land opens later this month and becomes fully operational sometime in mid-June, company officials said Tuesday.

  • Chamber wins top award from Carolinas group

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce has been named Outstanding Chamber of the Year by the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
    The local chamber competed against 27 other accredited chambers with 700 or fewer members. The award was presented at the CACCE’s annual management conference in Blowing Rock, N.C.

  • As developers arrive, IL couple giving up horse-riding business

    In 1996, Charlotte Cannon purchased Fox Point Farm in Indian Land and built it into a successful horse-riding business.
    She and her husband, Tommy Robinson, taught riding lessons five days a week and hosted summer camps at the 20-acre farm off Henry Harris Road.
    “It’s a very family-orientated business,” Cannon said. “I’ve taught the parents and the children. I just adore doing this job.”

  • Movement Mortgage lays off 75 in IL

    Movement Mortgage, a big driver of the Panhandle’s recent economic boom, announced layoffs of 180 workers Thursday, including 75 at its Indian Land headquarters.
    The company blamed lower loan volumes, a consequence of rising interest rates that have triggered a downturn in housing and mortgage markets across the country. It cited predictions for continued softening of loan demand in 2019.

  • 40 years and counting at Annette’s Hallmark

    Amy Glover and Barbara Wrape have been side-by-side at Annette’s Hallmark House since 1978, when Wrape and her husband, Fred, bought the business.
    The store, in Lancaster Square Shopping Center on North Main Street, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month.
    Glover, who now runs the business, grew up in the shop. She was 9 when her stay-at-home mom became a business owner and manager. The store had been in Lancaster for five years already, but the previous owners decided to sell it once their lease was up.

  • Chamber launches membership drive

    Business people packed The Craft Stand on Main Street on Wednesday to kick off the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership campaign.
    About 50 business owners and executives intermingled and struck up conversations over coffee at the morning gathering.
    “We represent all the businesses in the county, whether they invest in the organization or not,” said Dean Faile, the chamber’s president and CEO. “We’re trying to make Lancaster County an economically better place for businesses to thrive.”

  • Charley’s Cafe shuts down, new owners going casual

    Charley’s Cafe and Catering – downtown Lancaster’s only fine-dining spot – is no more.
    Owner and head chef Ken Killingsworth, who opened the restaurant in 2000 at 306 S. Main St., served his last dish Saturday night, said his friend and fellow downtown business operator Don Geraghty, owner of The Craft Stand beer pub and a huge fan of Killingsworth’s crab cakes.

  • Lancaster ranks No. 1 in Carolinas

    When it comes to attracting investment, few places have been better at it recently than Lancaster County.
    For the third time in the past four years, Lancaster has ranked first in incoming economic investments among all 46 S.C. counties, according to Smart Asset, a New York-based financial technology and investment information firm. This year, we outpaced all 145 other counties in the Carolinas.
    Nationally, for 2018, the county ranked 26th out of the 3,007 counties in the continental United States.

  • Victory lap for county

    What a difference a decade can make.
    It was just 10 years ago, as the Great Recession took hold, that Forbes magazine listed Lancaster as the “most vulnerable” town in America.