EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Chatham getting new health care services

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Pittsboro has been in the news lately due to a massive, and controversial, mixed-use development on it borders called Chatham Park. At a recent public meeting on the development, one of the dozens of people who spoke out was Tommy Drake, a strong supporter.

Drake's commercial real estate business represents UNC Healthcare as well as the developers behind Chatham Park, Preston Development Company. He said UNC Healthcare is interested in building offices and a hospice facility in Chatham Park as soon as possible, and it is also one of five applicants to build a 90-bed skilled nursing facility.

Yet the Pittsboro Town Commissioners weren't swayed by proponents of fast action like Drake, meaning the development will be delayed several months at the least. Still, though, the county won't lack for new health care services. Piedmont Health SeniorCare is opening this week, and Chatham Ridge Assisted Living will open in the fall of 2014.

The Piedmont Health SeniorCare center, which will offer medical, social, nutritional, rehabilitation and other support services, is located at 163 Chatham Business Drive in Pittsboro. Chatham Ridge Assisted Living will offer memory care for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and it will be located in Polks Village, located off U.S. 15/501. This January, it will also open an informational center in the Chatham Downs plaza between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill.

In other news...

* A new Bojangles is opening Wednesday in Lee County, at the corner of Tramway Road and U.S. 1. The first 50 customers will receive a $50 gift card, since this is the 50th franchise opened by Tri Arc Food Systems, the same group that operates the Bojangles on Horner Boulevard. Doors open at 5:30 a.m. The restaurant created 75 jobs, according to a public relations representative for the company.

* A legal battle between Static Control Components, one of the largest employers in Sanford with its international headquarters on Lee Avenue, and Lexmark International, in which Static Control alleges false advertising by Lexmark, has reached the United States Supreme Court after more than a decade. Oral arguments were Tuesday, and Static Control claimed in a press release to be optimistic: "We are extremely pleased with how things went today," co-President Bill Swartz said. "We look forward to the court’s decision in June."

* If you a buy a stuffed bear from the "Bears that Care" line at Goody's — online or in a store, like the one on Lee Avenue in Jonesboro — by Dec. 24, the store will donate $1 to the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program. The bears are $6.98.

* Business fluctuations: Since Thanksgiving, two corporations formed in Lee County — Elite General Maintenance and Landscaping and God's Blessing III — and none were dissolved or withdrawn.

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