Mar. 19, 2015 @ 06:03 PM

Business is blooming

When Dale's Greenhouse and Garden Center closed its doors in April 2013, many of Dale McKinney's long-time customers were at a loss.

Mar. 18, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

The Pantry to lay off 250 over next 18 months

The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced Tuesday that The Pantry, a Cary-based convenience store chain originally founded in Sanford, will lay off 250 employees at the Sanford and Cary offices during the next 18 months.

Mar. 17, 2015 @ 04:06 PM

The Pantry announces 250 layoffs in Sanford, Cary

The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced today that The Pantry, a Cary-based convenience store chain originally founded in Sanford, will be laying off 250 employees at the Sanford and Cary offices over the next 18 months.

Mar. 15, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Coming weeks will see return, debut of several businesses

After the opening of Marshalls this week, other businesses in the works, including Rack Room Shoes and the Smoke and Barrel, are closer to their own grand openings.

Mar. 15, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Chamber Chat: Telling our story

In just a few weeks, the 2015 edition of Lee County Living Magazine will go to print.

Mar. 13, 2015 @ 05:03 AM

Marshalls expected to be 'magnet' for growth

Nearly 100 shoppers congregated Thursday at the entrance of Sanford's newest retail addition, Marshalls, as local officials cut the ribbon on what they deemed another symbol of Sanford's recovering economy.

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 09:02 PM

New York meets Sanford

After more than 20 years in the restaurant business in New York, Sanford resident Joe Ali will make his mark on Sanford when he opens Joe’s New York Deli and Lounge in about two weeks.

Mar. 08, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Shops at Cameron Place continues to grow

As more businesses open their doors in Sanford, other companies may follow suit, including Dunkin Donuts.

Mar. 08, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Comfort First Heating and Cooling to build new service center

After purchasing a commercial lot at the corner of Lark Lane and U.S. 1, Comfort First Heating and Cooling plans to build a new service complex and move in by year's end – signaling the growth of the Sanford business and new life for commercial lot sales.

Mar. 08, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: Volatile weather influences spending patterns

In like a lion and out like a lamb — is there any truth to this saying? Some weather sayings are based on years of observation and turn out to be accurate; others are simply rhymes from people I used to call “old folks.” Now, I am one.

Mar. 07, 2015 @ 05:41 PM

Owner of Dossenbach's Finer Furniture retires after 52 years

Among all the awards and achievements hanging on his office walls, Alan Dossenbach, the owner of Dossenbach's Finer Furniture and Mattress Center, has a needlepoint-style plaque hanging up that reads “Luck is when opportunity meets with preparation.”

Mar. 05, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

N.C. manufacturing industry shows signs of life

After the reveal of the new Sanford Area Growth Alliance and its logo this week, local business leaders and officials discussed how to further economic development on the back of the improving manufacturing industry.

Mar. 04, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Organization unveils new name, logo

The Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity now will be known as the Sanford Area Growth Alliance — with a new logo to signal this change — in a bid to draw new business activity to the area in the coming years.

Mar. 01, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: Chamber has full plate of events, priorities

Next Tuesday evening (March 3) at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, the Chamber will hold its Annual Banquet and Fundraiser. Our speaker is Rick Kaglic, senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank Richmond branch.

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Economic impact study shows value of CCCC

Central Carolina Community College and its students added $229.4 million in income to the college's service area economy in fiscal year 2012-13, according to data from a new statewide economic impact study.

Feb. 22, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: Let’s make this a better year

There were more clues this week that 2015 will be a much better year for small businesses on Main Street.

Feb. 20, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Storm puts freeze on local businesses

Snow and ice storms earlier this week left many local businesses shuttered on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the shop owners and restaurateurs of downtown Sanford felt the effects of potential customers choosing to stay indoors.

Feb. 15, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: Signs point to improvement

Here are some odds and ends from the business world over the past two weeks. Signs continue to point toward an improving state economy.

Feb. 08, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chamber Chat: Economic numbers give much reason for optimism

Economists have had a very busy week. The January jobs report released on Friday was so good, they were all busy trying to figure out what it means.

Feb. 08, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Five ways to make your employees love their jobs

During February, not even the workplace is immune to the hearts, chocolates, and flowers associated with Valentine’s Day.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Unemployment rates dropped in Lee, most counties in December

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 56 of North Carolina’s counties in December — including Lee — increased in 28 and remained unchanged in 16, according to figures the N.C. Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security, released Wednesday.

Feb. 01, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: Changing demographics call for new marketing approaches

As we mentioned last week, the marketplace is changing. Millennials — anyone born in the U.S. between the early 1980s to the early 2000s — are the new majority shaping the American economy.

Jan. 30, 2015 @ 04:58 AM

Federal Reserve guest to keynote annual membership banquet

A guest speaker with extensive expertise will give an economic forecast during the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Membership Banquet and Fundraiser, set for March 3.

Jan. 25, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: It's a millennial world

As a baby boomer, my generation has ruled the world for decades — until this week.

Jan. 18, 2015 @ 05:05 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Local J.C. Penney, Sears and Kmart report good holiday seasons

While J.C. Penney recently announced the company would close approximately 40 stores across the country this year, the Sanford store escaped the cut, and local residents say many Sanford stores, including J.C. Penney, saw an increase in Christmas sales this year.