EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Lots of change in local business community

May. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Spring is a time of change.

Lee Builder Mart, a longtime fixture of the community on Horner Boulevard along with its owner Tony Lett, recently put up a large banner saying the store would be closing soon. More information was not immediately available.

A few hundred yards south of there, though, Sanford did get a new restaurant. Capital Chicken and Barbecue opened this week, and the place has seemed packed just about about every day since.

In downtown, however, Sanford lost a restaurant when The Red Sofa closed this week.

I spoke with owner Dana Atkins just a few weeks ago, and she told me she had just bought a TV to draw in sports fans and was looking forward to the U.S. Open crowds in June. Apparently that was too long to wait. And this comes right on the heels of another downtown restaurant, Wing Time Cafe, closing as well.

But if Sanford is losing local restaurants, it's gaining fast food. Work on the incoming Zaxby's near Walmart is moving quickly, a new Dairy Queen just opened up on Tramway Road, and Sonic is getting ready to move to a new, more accessible location a few blocks south. One Bojangles also opened up recently in Tramway, and another one will open May 14 in Pittsboro on 15-501 across from Northwood High School.

In other news...

* Speaking of fast food, a new pediatric dentistry clinic has opened up in Harnett County. Dr. Vincent Vissichelli opened Firehouse Kids Dentistry last month in the renovated former Anderson Creek fire station. The clinic is located at 2980 Ray Road, Spring Lake. Call the office at 910-778-8485.

* More dental news, but from Moore County: Dr. Mandy Grimshaw and the team from Kuhn Dental in Aberdeen recently got training on a new system for evaluating patients with jaw pain, clicking and popping. They claim to be the only dentist's office in the Sandhills region with the newfangled K7 system that deals with those symptoms.

* Homes By Vanderbuilt, a modular home business located at 3300 Jefferson Davis Highway in Sanford, was recently honored by regional distributor Commodore Homes of Virginia for selling more of their homes than any other dealer.

* More than half of the new energy infrastructure being built or developed in the U.S. right now is from renewable energy — and that's counting the estimated capacity, not just the number of projects. In North Carolina it's mainly solar with a few wind and biomass projects. Natural gas, according to the report by SNL Financial, will come in second to the combined strength of all renewable energy.

* Business fluctuations: In the past week, 10 new corporations formed in Lee County — 2515 Horner, Alemans Home Improvements and Roofing, Brothers Kitchen, Circle "S" Long Star, Cox's Towing and Recovery, Eco Fieldstone, JYMH, Kruck's Transport, The Marketplace at Tramway Master Association and Teeny Transport — and one was dissolved or withdraw, Robert's Cabinets & Countertops.

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