EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Walmart opening in Chatham County

Jun. 09, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Last week this column reported on two local Walmart Express stores set to open this summer, and this week there's yet more news: the grand opening of a regular Walmart in Chatham County.

The store, located on U.S. 15-501 just south of the Orange County line, will hold a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony starting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. There will be a live beach music band and a color guard from the Chatham County Sheriff's Office. The county's transit system will provide a special shuttle service for people from all over the county who want to attend later on in the day.

Chatham Transit will run shuttles from Pittsboro, Siler City and potentially other locations for two-hour shopping trips starting at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Wednesday. People who want a ride need to reserve their seat by Tuesday; fare is $3 each way for Pittsboro and $6 each way for Siler City. People living elsewhere in the county need to call for more details. Chatham Transit's number is (919) 542-5136.

In other news...

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Department stores doing just fine: Last week, Belk celebrated its 125th anniversary, including more than 100 years in Sanford. Local officials praised the store's staff and corporate structure for doing well and providing good merchandise and customer service despite the bad economy. Now, Belk's neighbor in Sanford's Riverbirch Plaza, JCPenney, will throw its own party. The store isn't celebrating any notable anniversary. It's unveiling a new-look home department and advertising a handful of promotions to drum up interest. According to a press release, today's the last day to get to the store for "live demos, product giveaways and more," although the new brands and products will be available indefinitely.

Supremely Static: Sanford-based Static Control Components is currently embroiled in a lawsuit brought by Lexmark International that has now reached the U.S. Supreme Court. The Herald published a wire story on the legal battle on Tuesday, but no one from Static Control commented on the case. Now they have. Here's part of what general counsel William London had to say: "Static Control’s counterclaims allege that Lexmark targeted Static Control’s products with false advertising statements, and as a result Static Control incurred harm to its business and goodwill. ... [W]e are confident that at the end of the day Static Control will continue to have standing to pursue its claims and obtain redress for the harms caused by Lexmark’s unfair competition and anticompetitive practices."

For more on the Supreme Court case, see http://www.sanfordherald.com/news/x1134606845/U-S-Supreme-Court-takes-up-Lexmark-Static-Control-suit.

Business fluctuations: In the past week, three new corporations formed in Lee County: Harris & Sons Moving Company, Nancy Watkins Properties and Worsley Golf Properties. In that same time period, no Lee County corporations dissolved or withdrew.

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