Aug. 02, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Assisted living, Alzheimer's homes get new owners

Greensboro residents Carlos and Rebecca Garcia recently purchased an assisted living facility and Alzheimer’s unit, located at 1107 and 1115 Carthage St. respectively, with plans to renovate them for current and new residents.

Aug. 02, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: Lee positioned perfectly for growth

One of our biggest challenges in the coming decade is attracting and retaining young families in our area of the state.

Aug. 01, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Take 5: Joyce: Community is getting back its competitive edge

This week, we Take 5 with Bob Joyce, the new director of economic development for the Sanford Area Growth Alliance.

Jul. 30, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

New chamber leader appointed

The Sanford Area Growth Alliance announced Wednesday that Meg Moss, a former Lee County Industries executive director, has been named executive director of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce

Jul. 30, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Lee unemployment rate up from May, down from year ago

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 95 of 100 North Carolina’s counties in June — including Lee

Jul. 26, 2015 @ 05:04 AM

A passion for downtown

After 12 years serving as the executive director of Downtown Sanford Inc., David Montgomery will step down to transition into a new position with the city this week and a familiar face will take his place.

Jul. 26, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

General Shale’s Brickhaven site wins gold

General Shale, a longtime provider of brick for high-quality commercial and residential projects throughout the nation, has received North Carolina’s Gold Annual Safety Award for its Brickhaven manufacturing location.


Jul. 24, 2015 @ 07:07 PM

Sanford 'B-Dubs' opens Monday

As the staff of the new Buffalo Wild Wings on South Horner Boulevard greeted guests Friday with an enthusiasm matching Mel Gibson’s army of Scots in "Braveheart," it was difficult to tell that many employees were entirely uninitiated in the ways of "B-Dubs” just nine days ago.

Jul. 22, 2015 @ 06:52 PM

Making a better cooler

Locals who tune into CBS's television show “The Talk” today may see a familiar face — a Sanford native who has sold about 6,000 of his unique cooler since it hit stores in January.

Jul. 16, 2015 @ 05:29 PM

'Selling Lee County'

Bob Joyce is leaving the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce after eight years as its president, but his new role as economic development executive director for the Sanford Area Growth Alliance will keep him firmly rooted in Lee County's business community.

Jul. 12, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Local car wash to close

Sanford’s only not-for-profit car wash, Champions Car Wash, will close on July 31 after four years in business.


Jul. 12, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: Show off what you’ve got

In another indication that the economy is in really good shape, the National Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales jumped in May to their highest level in five-and-a-half years.

Jul. 09, 2015 @ 09:32 AM

‘A totally revitalized setting’

Local residents will welcome several new businesses, including Ross, Kay Jewelers and Buffalo Wild Wings, to Sanford this month — with at least half dozen more expected to launch by the end of the year.

Jul. 05, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Sanford gets plan for potential new grocery store

Sanford could be home to a new grocery store in the coming years after a preliminary site plan was recently submitted to the city of Sanford's Planning Department.


Jul. 05, 2015 @ 04:59 AM

Chamber Chat: Home buying resurgence fueling economy

There were a couple of good news stories about the rebound in the housing market this week.

Jul. 04, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Location, location, location

Joe’s New York Deli and Lounge, 103 Wicker St., has closed its doors after only three months — yet another restaurant to come and go at that location.

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Social media offer risks, rewards to local businesses

While Facebook and Twitter can fuel controversies such those brewing over the Confederate Flag and the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, social media also can provide opportunities to businesses not available through more traditional methods.

Jun. 28, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: Shortage of qualified workers is problem locally, nationally

Two things in the business world caught my attention this week.

Jun. 24, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Company takes over flea market site

Moving to a new home just got easier for Sanford residents with the opening of U-Haul Moving and Storage of Jonesboro at 2701 S. Horner Blvd. on Monday.

Jun. 21, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

Chamber Chat: 'Your success is our success'

As promised several weeks ago, I am happy to report that the Chamber division of the Sanford Area Growth Alliance completed a membership drive this past week.

Jun. 18, 2015 @ 06:32 PM

Playing it safe

The artwork lining the halls of Pfizer's Hawkins Avenue facility, much of which was done by the children of Pfizer employees, is meant to depict values like energy, creativity and family — words Pfizer employees see as core to their mission.

Jun. 17, 2015 @ 07:43 PM

Stanleys celebrate 40 years of business

On Christmas Eve, 1944, Burton Stanley missed a boat.

Jun. 14, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: City to kick off second Citizens’ Academy

The city of Sanford’s second Citizens’ Academy will kick off this summer to educate Sanford residents about the inner workings of their city government.

Jun. 14, 2015 @ 05:00 AM

Chamber Chat: No easy solution to parking problems

Orange barrels line our downtown streets this week as the construction of new sidewalks and crosswalks really picks up speed.

Jun. 07, 2015 @ 05:01 AM

EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS: Safe travel on the information superhighway

As part of Internet Safety Month, numerous businesses, nonprofits and other organizations are working to educate parents and their children about how they can be more secure online, whether its on a computer, tablet or smartphone.