Business in Broadway looks strong

Jun. 02, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

The News and Observer published a wide-ranging article Wednesday about the state's plans for economic development under the McCrory administration — which likely made many locals happy for officials' promises to focus on a list of things that read almost like a brief description of Lee County.

In that article, N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said "rural North Carolina needs to be at the center of the state’s focus," and that her office will focus much of its efforts on recruitment and development in four main areas: agri-business, manufacturing, small business and entrepreneurship.

It's no secret that Lee County has a strong manufacturing base and a long history of agriculture. Small businesses are picking up, as well, at least in one area of the county: Broadway's main strip, while small, has no vacancies. With recent additions of a new ice cream shop, antique furniture store, consignment store and beuatician — not to mention the quickly progressing Walmart Express construction — it would be hard to look at the town and guess that the county as a whole still has double-digit unemployment, at 10.6 percent.

Ronnie Deal, who just opened Pop's Shakes and Cones next to the Kangaroo gas station on Main Street, said he's looking forward to helping people beat the summer heat with cones, sundaes, shakes and splits. His store has 35 flavors of ice cream and is open from 12-9 p.m. every day.

Andrews said at the last Town Commissioners meeting that he's glad people are investing in Broadway: "We have a small main street, but if I'm looking at everything right, we don’t have any vacant buildings, and that’s great."

In other news...

Speaking of Walmart Express: The Coats Walmart Express, located at 429 N. McKinley St., is still hiring, and the Broadway Walmart Express, located at 112 N. Main St., has hired approximately 30 new associates for the store. People who want to apply for a job can do so at The Broadway store is scheduled to open in August, and the Coats store in July.

New day care near the Davenport facility: Small Hands Big Future Childcare opened recently at 1112 Broadway Road and is accepting children from 6 weeks to 12 years old. Open weekdays from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., owner Cindy Galyean said the service will be available year-round. To sign up or get more information, call the center at (919) 718-9434.

Triangulating growth: According to the Lee County Economic Development Corporation, which considers Lee County the southern edge of the Triangle, the Research Triangle Region has created three times as many net new jobs as the rest of the state combined.

Business Fluctuations: Since I wrote the last column, three new corporations formed in Lee County -- 5 Golden Girls, PPA Solutions and The Winter Group -- and one, SCOTT JENKINS LLC, dissolved.

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