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Business

  • From Albania to South Main

    The Chicken King is open for business in downtown Lancaster, bringing all forms of fried and grilled chicken, classic American burgers and seafood, some with a Greek culinary twist.

    “People are very excited about the food and us being here. It’s had a positive impact,” said Tom Canxh, one of the managers of the business. “We had 20 to 25 state troopers come in here, and the firefighters come here a lot. We can’t thank them enough.”

  • Let's go to the movies!

    Denise Johnston

    For The Lancaster News

    RedStone 14 theater in Indian Land celebrated its grand opening Friday. The theater boasts 14 screens and the only PDX Large Format Auditorium in South Carolina.

    The lobby of the theater was decked out in balloon arches simulating popcorn popping out of red and white striped boxes. Vases of flowers in the theater’s theme colors of blue, gold and yellow sat in the center of each café table. The atmosphere was warm and inviting with a sense of anticipation in the air.

  • RedStone opening this week

    Few of Indian Land’s development projects have stirred as much excitement in recent years as the RedStone shopping center, with its plans for a dozen new restaurants and the area’s first movie theater.

    And now, after three years in the making, the wait is nearly over – RedStone Theatre 14 will hold its grand opening Friday, along with at least one restaurant and others soon after.

    The project has been under way since 2015, a partnership between MPV Properties and internet marketing firm Red Ventures.

  • Joe Ghent Jr. wins state award for leadership in conservation

    From release

    Joe Ghent Jr., a third-generation leader in Lancaster County’s conservation community, has been named Outstanding Commissioner of the Year by the S.C. Association of Conservation Districts.

    Ghent has been a Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District commissioner for 16 years and currently serves as chairman. He received the state award Feb. 27 during the 2018 Conservation Partnership Conference in Columbia.

  • Clinking glasses: Renovation wraps up at ‘Best Craft Beer Bar in S.C.’

    The Craft Stand celebrated its post-renovation grand reopening this month with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a room packed with patrons and, of course, good beer.

    “Thank you, guys. We wouldn’t be here without you,” said Brandy Geraghty, co-owner of the Lancaster business along with husband Don. “You keep my lights on and my kids fed, so I don’t have to look for a real job.”

    The Main Street watering hole has also been named the 2018 Best Craft Beer Bar in South Carolina by the website CraftBeer.com. 

  • Crenco Food Stores sold

    Hal Crenshaw has sold one of Lancaster County’s most recognizable small businesses, Crenco Food Stores, which grew out of the company his father started a half century ago.
    The group of five convenience stores was purchased this week by Virginia-based GPM Southeast, the sixth-largest private owner of convenience stores in the country.
    The sale has been in the works for months – GPM applied for beer and wine permits several weeks ago – but Crenshaw had refused to talk about it until the transaction was completed.

  • Craft Stand expands its seating capacity

    Eighteen months after opening its doors, The Craft Stand, downtown Lancaster’s craft beer destination, has knocked down a wall and expanded its seating capacity.

    Owners Don and Brandy Geraghty took out the big red wall behind the bar to open up space in the back room. 

    “We don’t have an official number, but it will definitely increase our capacity,” Brandy said. 

    The cooler and sinks will be moved to the other end of the now L-shaped bar. The floor will be painted, and the lighting improved. 

  • Marcus Brown launches eatery using grandmom’s best recipes

    Miss Etta Brown’s famous fried chicken is back, along with a dose of her mouthwatering home cooking.

    Her grandson, Marcus Brown, has opened Daily Bread Family Restaurant at 1358 Flat Creek Road.

    “I got ’em, sure do,” Brown said of his late grandmother’s  secret family recipes. “That means some chicken and some good food in general.”

    Brown graduated from Newberry College in 2016 after playing football for the Wolves. He has a business degree and also owns a landscaping company.

  • Rick Wade gets U.S. chamber job

    From release

    WASHINGTON – Lancaster native Rick Wade has been named vice president of strategic alliances and outreach at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    “Rick’s wealth of knowledge enables him to give a megaphone to the voice of business across the country and to share the positive impacts of the free enterprise system,” said Suzanne Clark, senior executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber. 

    “We’re excited to welcome him to our talented team.”

  • Honors for Food Lion manager

    Adam Threatt, manager of the Food Lion on North Main Street in Lancaster, is one of four finalists for the 1,100-store corporation’s manager of the year award. 

    Threatt, 35, has already been named regional manager of the year out of the 24 stores in his region and division manager of the year, representing nine regions.

    On Thursday, he will be at the company’s Salisbury, N.C., headquarters, competing against three others for the Ralph W. Ketner Store Manager Award, which honors a manager for commitment to customers, employees and the community.