There's opening and closings

Jun. 30, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

As several Lee County business close, others are opening or at least getting closer to doing so.

Pizza Inn, located at 1952 S. Horner Blvd., has a sign in the window saying it is closed for business, and phone calls to the restaurant ring unanswered. It’s unclear whether the restaurant will open back up anytime in the future — a representative from the company’s corporate office said she had no information on the Sanford location and wasn’t aware it had even closed in the first place.

In downtown Sanford, The Red Sofa — a bistro and bar attached to Added Accents on Steele Street — officially opened Thursday, but across the street, on Friday, The Design Studio closed its doors for good. The Red Sofa, which serves food and also has coffee, a full bar, craft beers on tap and about 20 wines by the glass or bottle, is open every day from 10 a.m. to midnight. People who want more information can go to or call (919) 774-0575.

In between the shuttered Pizza Inn and downtown Sanford lies the former Tony’s Seafood building, which has been swarmed with construction workers in recent days. Lee County Inspections Administrator Chris Riggins said no tenant is included on any of the permits for the work, so it’s his impression that the owner is simply trying to make the building more attractive to prospective renters. He said he believes the intention is for another restaurant to take over the space.

Finally, the Walmart Express in the middle of downtown Broadway is slated to open Aug. 21, and Broadway Town Manager Bob Stevens said that while rumors have been circulating about a fast food restaurant going into the lot next door, nothing is official yet.

In other news...

Furniture industry is alive and well: Gov. Pat McCrory was in Dunn on Thursday, where he announced that Rooms To Go will build a $40 million warehouse, distribution center and retail showroom in Harnett County that’s expected to hire 220 people over the next three years.

A rose by any other name: Thomas Leonard, M.D. and Marcia Ballard, a nurse practitioner, have joined the FirstHealth of the Carolinas network of family care providers and are renaming Leonard’s practice FirstHealth Family Care Center-Carthage. The phone number for the office, located at 304 Saunders St. in Carthage, remains (910) 947-3000.

Business fluctuations: In the past week, five new corporations formed in Lee County — American Sky Lifts, Carolina Pig Cookers, K&P Enterprise Company, Newtown Firearms Manufacturing and Trio Alarm — and no corporations dissolved or withdrew.

Have business news? Contact Will Doran at (919) 718-1217 or