2018-07-13 / Business

City Snippets

Retaliatory tariffs could threaten S.C. economy

An analysis (https://www.uschamber.com/tariffs) by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found retaliatory tariffs from Canada, Mexico, the European Union, and China threaten $3 billion in S.C. exports, including passenger vehicles, refrigerator-freezers, and steel. South Carolina could be among the hardest hit states.

Farrow Road bike lanes abandoned

The City of Columbia is restoring Farrow Road to four lanes in the wake of public complaints that new bike lanes created confusion and effectively reduced travel to three lanes.

ALDI opening new Lexington store

ALDI has opened its newest store at 5548 Platt Springs Road in Lexington as part of a $3.4 billion investment to expand to 2,500 stores nationwide by the end of 2022.

S.C. Community Bank rebrands

S.C. Community Bank is changing its name to Optus Bank in a rebranding that focuses on the bank’s historic mission as well as its future. The bank also is relocating all operations from 1545 Sumter Street to 1241 Main Street.

Peruvian restaurant opening

Locos4Chicken, a Peruvian wood charcoal rotisserie restaurant, has opened at 2361 Augusta Highway, near Lexington High School.

Fusco restaurant opening

Michael Fusco has opened a new restaurant, d.w. Fusco’s, at 2914 Dreher Shoals Road.

Lexington pizzeria opening on Main

Nicky’s Pizzeria, which offers New York-style pizzas, is opening at 102 East Main Street in Lexington in the space formerly home to longtime embroidery and crochet business The Needler.

Chick-fil-A rebuilding restaurant

Chick-fil-A is rebuilding its 21-year-old Lexington restaurant at 5560 Sunset Boulevard.

Forest Acres Lowes opening July 18

Lowes Foods is opening its third Midlands-area store on July 18 at 4711 Forest Drive. The 51,500-square-foot store will employ approximately 150 persons.

District Two getting digital billboards

New digital billboards are expected to be installed in front of all Lexington Two schools by the start of classes Monday, August 20.

Thai eatery opens in old fire station

Kao Thai Cuisine has opened in the former Columbia Fire Department Headquarters at 1001 Senate Street. The menu features classic Thai street food and dishes.

Jeweler closing Bower Parkway store

Satterfield’s Jewelry Warehouse has decided not to renew its lease and is shuttering its Bower Parkway location in Harbison later this month.

Cayce Lizard’s Thicket remodeling

The Lizard’s Thicket on Knox Abbott Drive in Cayce is closed for renovations that are expected to take about six weeks.

New Steakburgers opening

Freddy’s Steakburgers is opening a third Midlands location at 10611 Broad River Road (across from San Jose).

PRT revenue up 11.9 percent

The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism says state parks generated $3,491,427 in total revenue, an 11.9 percent increase from April 2017 and a 14.6 percent jump in year-to-date revenue from the previous fiscal year. The department credited the increase to new camper cabins at Dreher Island State Park.

Southern-style café opens on Main

God’s Blessing Café, a new Southern-style eatery and caterer, is open at 1801 Main Street for full-service breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday.

Midlands Tech wins national awards

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) awarded Midlands Technical College (MTC) two Paragon Awards for outstanding achievement in marketing and communications. NCMPR’s Paragon Awards recognize excellence in design and communication at community and technical colleges. MTC was the only college in South Carolina to earn a Paragon Award from NCMPR this year. This year’s Paragon Awards competition drew almost 2,000 entries from 243 colleges across the country.

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