EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Jonesboro grocery is up for sale

Feb. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

If you've been through downtown Jonesboro lately, you've probably noticed one longtime establishment is closed and up for sale.

O'Connell's Supermarket, which was owned and operated by local Rep. Mike Stone (R-Lee/Harnett), is no more. Stone explained recently that he actually intended to sell the store several years ago but was forced to delay his plans because of the recession.

"I promised my wife when we got married that when I turned 40 I would quit," Stone, who is 44, said. "Anyone who's worked in retail knows how much of a strain it can be."

He said the future of the building, located at 109 E. Main St., still has not been decided — nor has his own future.

"I've got 1,000 plans," he said. "I just need to figure out which direction I'm going to go."

In other news...

* The Carolina Artists Colony in downtown Sanford is holding what it calls its first ever sale, with major discounts on local artists' work this coming Saturday and Sunday. The store at 148 S. Moore St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday for its so-called "Starving Artists Sale."

* While much of the rest of the state government was shut down by the snow, the State Employees' Credit Union was taking proactive measures to be good. The bank waved approximately a quarter of a million dollars in overdraft fees which members incurred during this week's snow, when people were potentially unable to make it to the bank to deposit checks. The bank branded this as "doing the right thing," and it would be hard to argue otherwise.

* Gov. Pat McCrory has given his thoughts on the massive industrial park being developed on the outskirts of Siler City, saying that it and another site, near Asheboro, are North Carolina's two best hopes for landing the economic powerhouse that would be an auto manufacturing plant. And while he has reportedly been silent on whether the state would pony up any of the tens of millions of dollars in incentives possibly needed to draw such a large employer, he did recently say he's personally working on recruitment efforts, according to the Greensboro News and Record.

* The deadline for businesses with 50-99 employees to come into compliance with the Affordable Care Act has been pushed back to 2016. Policy experts have said the delay was likely to help Democrats running in 2014 — including N.C. Sen. Kay Hagan, who faces a potentially tough reelection campaign — avoid any negative fallout.

* Business fluctuations: In the past week, no new corporations formed in Lee County while three — Craig & Company, LGZ & DAZ Enterprize and Set Apart Christian Counseling Center — were withdrawn or dissolved.

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