EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Temple sells out opening night

Apr. 27, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Temple Theatre did something on Thursday that it has never done in 30 years of shows: It sold out a show on opening night.

The theater’s version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic “Cats” was the culprit. According to Chris deLambert, the Temple Theatre marketing director, they even had to turn people away.

The show runs every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from now until May 11. If there are still tickets left, they can be bought online, at the box office or over the phone at (919) 774-4155. As of Saturday afternoon, all but one of the remaining shows still had seats left.

In other news...

• Shoppers at any Belk department store in the country — including the Spring Lane store in Sanford — will have the chance to support local charities this Saturday, while the first 100 customers at each store will also be given gift cards ranging from $5 to $100. The company’s Spring Charity Sale lasts from 6-10 a.m. Saturday and has a simple premise: Shoppers at the store get $5 off their purchase if they present a $5 ticket. All ticket proceeds go to the charity of the shopper’s choice.

• Dairy Queen opened a new restaurant on U.S. 1 in Tramway on Thursday. It’s located inside the Kangaroo Express at 2206 Jefferson Davis Highway.

• Francis Chester, vice president of Sanford manufacturer Alotech, has joined the board of directors for the Sandhills Military Council, a group of businesses and individuals from counties near Fort Bragg. They work to broaden awareness of the military in this area, support military families and create more interaction and networking between local civilians and Fort Bragg leadership.

• Brandon Kivett, a Sanford man who previously worked with the Boys and Girls Club in Sanford and in Moore County, has been named sales manager for U.S. Cellular in Sanford.

• On Thursday, the N.C. Bankers Association launched the North Carolina Center for Financial Literacy with Gov. Pat McCrory and other state leaders in attendance. The new group will focus primarily on young people at first, announcing that the first step “will be to address standards and curriculum in the North Carolina public schools that will incorporate digital solutions to immerse the system with financial education.” It couldn’t have come at a better time, as North Carolina was recently ranked in the bottom third of all states in people’s grasp of financial literacy.

• Business fluctuations: In the last week, two new corporations formed in Lee County — Everything Pines and Life Camera Creation — and three were dissolved or withdrawn, including Carolina Microguard, Hughes-Larkin and Jersey Mike’s Boxing.

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