EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Sanford ranks high as spot to retire

Feb. 09, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Sanford is an official North Carolina retirement community, along with Pittsboro, and is also just a few miles away from Pinehurst, the golf capital of the state and possibly of the country.

But Sanford outshone both its neighbors — and almost every other city in the state — according to Movoto, a real estate website which ranked it the ninth best place to retire in North Carolina.

Morrisville took the top spot, followed by several other suburbs of Raleigh and Charlotte. The company used cost of living, weather (air quality and average summertime temperature), amenities (number of shops and restaurants), per capita crime rate and distance from an international airport to rank the 82 cities in the state with more than 10,000 people.

Sanford ranked very high in weather and was also better than average in crime and airport distance. However, it was around average in cost of living and worse than average in the number of amenities for people to patronize.

Pinehurst landed at 20th — it had the least crime per capita but was dragged down by its rank as one of the most expensive cities in North Carolina — and Southern Pines was 27th. No other city in Chatham, Harnett, Lee or Moore counties was big enough to make the list.

In other news ...

• Cameron will be holding its annual Winterfest sale, in which all of town’s antique shops will have special sales, on Saturday. For more information, visit antiquesofcameron.com or call (910) 245-3020.

• Low domestic demand for natural gas is one argument against North Carolina allowing hydraulic fracturing. So here’s something supporters of drilling might like: PSNC Energy, which supplies natural gas appliances (like heaters) said that because January was so darn cold — the coldest January in 25 years in its coverage areas, in fact — the company had its largest-ever monthly demand.

• While cold weather might be good for the natural gas industry, it’s not so great for the manufacturing industry. According to the Associated Press in early February, “U.S. manufacturing barely expanded last month, in part because cold weather delayed shipments of raw materials and caused some factories to shut down,” which in turn contributed to a stock market plunge.

RETIRE

• CVS, which has stores in Sanford, Cameron, Lillington and Siler City, announced it will stop selling cigarettes and other forms of tobacco by Oct. 1 because it is, you know, a health store. Most cigarettes are sold at gas stations and convenience stores anyway (pharmacies account for 4 percent of sales), but CVS estimated it will still lose about $2 billion. The company will also begin offering programs to help people quit.

• Business fluctuations: In the last week, five corporations formed in Lee County — Green Garden Landscaping, Grow Rich with Neadella, Hammerdown Tackle, Johnnys Trucking and MA Capital Resources — and two were dissolved, PRYOSHA Inc. and the Rocket Boosters Club.

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