EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: The latest news from Tramway

Mar. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

I haven’t reported much about the Tramway area lately, so here goes.

You might have noticed Allen and Son BBQ, which took over the former Jackson Brothers BBQ next to the Jackson Brothers store (which remains open) has changed its name to Stubbs and Son BBQ. But there has been no change in ownership — Jimmy Stubbs is the owner of Allen and Son in Pittsboro as well as this expansion in Sanford.

Just north of there, also off of U.S. 1, another barbecue joint opened up last fall next to the Palomino Motel. Well, Mo’s World’s Best BBQ has gone out of business, and the property is for rent once again.

Between the two barbecue restaurants, the Citgo at the Tramway Road intersection has a massive hole in the ground where its gas pumps used to be. The attached convenience store, Sanford Food Mart, is still open. An employee said Monday she didn’t know if they were getting rid of their gas service or just getting new pumps.

And, unfortunately, still nothing new to report on the massive development across the street from there.

In other news...

• The Fort Bragg Small Business Outreach Event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Embassy Suites Fayetteville/Fort Bragg, located at 4760 Lake Valley Drive, Fayetteville. It’s free, but attendees must register beforehand. Visit ncmbc.us/2014FortBraggSmallBusinessOutreachEvent.php to register or learn more.

• According to the National Education Association, teachers in North Carolina have lost more pay when adjusted for inflation than those in any other state over the last decade. The group reported that 34 states have seen average inflation-adjusted teaching salaries decline since 2003 — but none more so than North Carolina, where the average teacher (who made about $45,700 last school year) has 15 percent less purchasing power than 10 years ago.

• Last week, I reported that the state took action against a whopping 112 corporations in Lee County, administratively dissolving most of them and revoking about a half-dozen. It’s unclear what exactly led to the deluge of dissolutions, and no one at the N.C. Secretary of State’s office has answered my phone calls. However, the state can dissolve a corporation if it doesn’t pay taxes or other fees, doesn’t submit an annual report or otherwise breaks the rules. It doesn’t necessarily mean anything is going out of business, though, since there is an appeals process.

• Business fluctuations: In the past week, three corporations formed in Lee County — After5 Drop-In Childcare, Ice Box and Person 2 Consulting — and four were dissolved or withdrawn (which is voluntary, while being dissolved is involuntary); they were Barron Hunter Enterprises, Estate Administration Services, La Montesina and Wilrik Hotel Apartments.

Have business news? Contact Will Doran at wdoran@sanfordherald.com or (919) 718-1217.