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Bon Worth files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

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Bon Worth, the Hendersonville-based women’s clothing retailer that once operated more than 300 stores across the U.S., has filed for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in order to reorganize and try to save the company.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Loren Wells | Bon Worth | clothing stores

Henderson County Business

O'Cains' next chapter is for the birds

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As mayor of Laurel Park, Carey O’Cain helped guide the development of Rhododendron Lake Nature Park. The Audubon Society and National Geographic had designated 2018 as the Year of the Bird, O’Cain noted early last year as he talked about the large variety of birds visiting the lake and the bluebird boxes that attracted nesting birds. Lutrelle O’Cain’s work focused on four-legged animals, as executive director of the Blue Ridge Humane Society.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | birds | Carey Ocain | Lutrelle Ocain

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Family Dollar opening store in East Flat Rock

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EAST FLAT ROCK — Family Dollar is opening a new store on Spartanburg Highway in East Flat Rock next week.   Read Story »

Tags: Spartanburg Highway | retail | East Flat Rock | discount stores

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Ask Matt ... about open-box returns

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Tags: retail | Ask Matt | Amazon

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Planning Board endorses Walmart's color change

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Eighteen years ago, when Walmart announced its move from the Eastridge Crossing shopping center to the new Highland Square, the Hendersonville City Council held two different public meetings to discuss the look of the discount giant’s new store.   Read Story »

Tags: land-use planning | retail | Wal-Mart | Walmart | gateway corridors | sign regulations

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Family Dollar celebrating new store with gift cards for early birds on Nov. 24

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Family Dollar will celebrate its new store on Asheville Highway next week with giveaways and prizes and gift cards for earlybirds.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Asheville Highway | Dollar General | Family Dollar | discount stores

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Shoppers fill parking lot to sample new Publix

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Tags: supermarkets | retail | south gateway | Publix | South Market shopping center

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Loren Wells, who built Bon Worth empire on polyester, dies at age 76

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Loren W. Wells, whose startup business selling ladies smocks and polyester stretch pants out of a plain brick house on Four Seasons Boulevard eventually expanded into a chain of nearly 300 retail outlets, died on Saturday after a period of declining health. He was 76.   Read Story »

Tags: Bub Hyder | HHS Alumni Association | retail | Gary Jones | Loren Wells | Bon Worth

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Ask Matt ... why Walmart has so many buggies?

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Tags: retail | Highlands Square shopping center | Wal-Mart | Target

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Ask Matt ... about exodus of national retailers

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Tags: Blue Ridge Mall | retail | Ask Matt

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Mall launches initiative to 're-energize' shopping experience

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The owner of the Blue Ridge Mall has launched a series of promotions to "re-energize" mall shopping through events that will include a mural contest, shopping events that support of local nonprofits and Sports Zone, a youth-oriented night out at the mall.   Read Story »

Tags: Blue Ridge Mall | retail | Four Seasons Boulevard

Henderson County Business

Bon Worth marketing to younger audience

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While many shoppers were under the impression that the Bon Worth Factory Outlet had closed, the retailer's chief financial officer assured business leaders and the press that such talk was greatly exaggerated.   Read Story »

Tags: retail

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Shop local, win a prize

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Residents who shop and dine at Henderson County stores and restaurants through Dec. 18 can enter a drawing to win a gift package.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Christmas

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Singleton Centre is now Flat Rock Square

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FLAT ROCK — The Singleton Centre has been bought by a commercial real estate broker who promises improved signage and more coordinated shopping events by the center’s tenants.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | commercial property sales | Jane Singleton | Singleton Centre | Sid Blythe

Henderson County Business

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Goodwill store, BGW buys Webb firm, laurels for the Laurels

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Tags: retail | Goodwill Industries

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Ask Matt ... about Stillwell house, new Triangle Stop

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Matt Matteson, the Lightning's intrepid researcher, answers readers' questions.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Ask Matt | Triangle Stop | Erle Stillwell

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Co-Op prospers with bigger store

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The Hendersonville Community Co-op has “good problems,” said community outreach coordinator Gretchen Cummin. Sometimes the parking lot is full. Born as a buying club in 1978, the member-owned grocery is all grown up.   Read Story »

Tags: supermarkets | retail

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GROCERY WAR: Ingles revives superstore plans

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Ingles Supermarkets has revived its development plans for a new superstore on Spartanburg Highway in a high stakes retail battle with Fresh Market and a potential Publix to the west and Harris Teeter across the road.   Read Story »

Tags: supermarkets | retail | south gateway | Ingles

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Plans filed for a Starbucks on Four Seasons Boulevard

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Starbucks has filed a development plan to build its first standalone store in Henderson County.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Four Seasons Boulevard | Starbucks

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Is new outlet mall a threat to local stores?

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Does the new Asheville Outlets shopping center pose a threat to Hendersonville retailers?   Read Story »

Tags: retail | I-26 | Hendersonville Business Advisory Committee | 2015 economy

Henderson County Business

'Small Business Saturday' counters Black Friday

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A counter movement to the big-box store and shopping mall oriented Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is gaining momentum as a holiday event to encourage shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | retail | Black Friday

Hendersonville Business

Co-Op will double in size

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When leaders of the Hendersonville Community Co-Op began thinking seriously about a new building, they relied on a spirit that gave birth to the cooperative and has sustained it for 36 years.   Read Story »

Tags: supermarkets | retail

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Sporting goods store to hire 50 people

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A sporting goods chain store opening in the Blue Ridge Mall this fall is holding a job fair this week to fill 50 jobs.   Read Story »

Tags: Blue Ridge Mall | retail

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Sporting goods store taking old K-Mart space

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Michigan-based Dunham's Sports will anchor the eastern end of the Blue Ridge Mall with a 65,000-square-foot space devoted to sporting goods.   Read Story »

Tags: Blue Ridge Mall | retail

Hendersonville Business

Auction action set for Seventh Avenue

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A Hendersonville auctioneer plans to hold auctions and liquidation sales and rent small "microstore" spaces in a block building that used to house the All Creatures Great & Small animal shelter.     Read Story »

Tags: retail | Historic Seventh Avenue

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Questions remain on Seventh Avenue

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The Hendersonville City Council has got plenty of listening to do before it decides how to proceed with Seventh Avenue redevelopment.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Historic Seventh Avenue

Laurel Park Business

Sidewalk art show continues Saturday in Laurel Park

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Twenty-one artists are displaying their work in the 9th annual Laurel Park Village Sidewalk Art Show Friday and Saturday.   Read Story »

Tags: Laurel Park | retail

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Main Street shop opens wine cellar

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Sage Gourmet owners Laurie Bakke and Chrissy Filka have opened a lower-level wine cellar stocked with wines from all over the world. Many of the bottles are from small vineyards and are not available at area supermarkets.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | retail

Henderson County Business

Bass Pro Shops to open in Upstate

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Bass Pro Shops, the popular retailer specializing in hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor gear, announced plans Wednesday to open a store in Spartanburg County in 2016.   Read Story »

Tags: retail

Hendersonville Business

Shoppers flock to new Stein Mart

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Shoppers flocked to the new Stein Mart on Thursday and browsed among new lines of men's clothes and housewares in addition to women's clothing.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Southgate Shopping Center

Hendersonville Business

Falderal wine shop to close

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Falderal Winery, a downtown wine shop at 131 Third Ave. West, is closing next week.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | retail | Henderson County wine industry

Hendersonville Business

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Boyds thank builders, welcome customers

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The father-and-son Boyd team showed off their new dealership on Spartanburg Highway last Thursday and thanked customers, contractors and others who helped make it happen.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Boyd Chevrolet | Cam Boyd | Les Boyd | auto dealerships

Hendersonville Business

Moose Cafe coming to Walmart shopping center

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Moose Café, a breakfast-lunch-and-supper restaurant that specializes in a traditional Southern menu of cathead biscuits, sawmill gravy, buttermilk fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, collard greens and other country-style favorites, is coming to Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | retail | Highlands Square shopping center

Hendersonville Business

Ask Matt ... about gas prices, Atlanta Bread, 600 block

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Q. What are they going to put in the old Atlanta Bread restaurant? They are gutting the whole building from wall to wall.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Ask Matt | Highlands Square shopping center

Hendersonville Business

Old Towne Market moves to Seventh Avenue

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Old Towne Market has moved from Locust Street to 310 Seventh Avenue East beside Southern Traditions Florist.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Historic Seventh Avenue

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Moss column: Hurry up and chew. Black Friday is here!

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There is plenty to be thankful for this week, as long as we don't start outside.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Christmas

Henderson County Business

Here's how to avoid holiday theft, fraud

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Henderson County Sheriff Charlie McDonald has issued tips to shoppers on ways to avoid parking lot thefts, credit card theft and gift card theft during the holdiday season.   Read Story »

Tags: retail

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Ask Matt ... whatever happened to .... ?

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Q. What happened to the idea of a connector road and shopping center between Seventh Avenue and MLK Boulevard near Lowes?   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Historic Seventh Avenue

Green River Business

Developer pulls Tuxedo Dollar General request

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A development group that included Henderson County Commissioner Tommy Thompson has pulled a rezoning request that could have led to a new Dollar General store in Tuxedo.   Read Story »

Tags: Tuxedo | retail | Tuxedo Community Park | Henderson County Commissioner Tommy Thompson

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Ask Matt ... about Kellogg, fiberglass bears and auto parts

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Matt answers your questions.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | retail | Main Street Advisory Committee | Ask Matt | Kellogg Center | Bearfootin' | Asheville Highway

Green River Business

Dollar General eyes Tuxedo

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TUXEDO — If everything falls into place, residents of southern Henderson County could be getting a Dollar General store.   Read Story »

Tags: land-use planning | Tuxedo | retail | Tuxedo Community Park | Henderson County Commissioner Tommy Thompson

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Ask Matt ... about Blue Ridge Mall

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Q. I have heard rumors that Kohl's department store is moving into the K-Mart space at the Blue Ridge Mall. True or false?   Read Story »

Tags: Blue Ridge Mall | retail | Ask Matt

Hendersonville Business

Fresh Market unveils new look, food-to-go options

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Fresh Market, the popular upscale grocery store anchoring Southgate shopping center, on Saturday officially unveiled its newly remodeled and enlarged space that includes more prepared food to go, locally made products and expanded food sections.   Read Story »

Tags: supermarkets | retail | Southgate Shopping Center | Fresh Market

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'Ask Matt': How come our meters cost more than Asheville's?

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Q. Why did Hendersonville's new water meters cost twice as much as Asheville's?   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Lightning | supermarkets | retail | water issues | Ask Matt

Henderson County Business

Publix coming to Asheville

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Publix Super Markets Inc. announced Friday it is opening a store on Hendersonville Road in south Asheville, a move that could add to the speculation that the popular Florida-based supermarket will next target Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: supermarkets | retail

Henderson County Business

Trader Joe's sets Asheville opening for Sept. 27

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Trader Joe's, the specialty food store known for its discount wine and creative snacks, plans to open its new Asheville store on Sept. 27.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Trader Joe's

Hendersonville Business

Parking solutions include signage, smart meters, employee spaces

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Wayfinding. Log it in. It's the newest buzzword to solve downtown parking problems.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | retail | downtown parking

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Belk anniversary features gift card giveaway

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Belk in the Blue Ridge Mall kicks off a 125th anniversary celebration Wednesday morning with a birthday cake, awards to longtime employees, a three-piece country band and gift cards ranging in value from $5 to $1,000 for the first 100 customers.   Read Story »

Tags: Blue Ridge Mall | retail | Belk department stores

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PEP's Rogers rips board over Dollar General decision

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Larry Rogers, the executive director of the Partners for Economic Progress, has hair-trigger radar for government decisions that block or hinder business.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County land-use plan | retail

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Biltmore Square transforming into outlet mall next year

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Biltmore Square Mall will become an outlet mall next year, a developer says.   Read Story »

Tags: retail

Hendersonville Business

City Council OKs road closing for new Ingles

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The Hendersonville City Council voted Thursday night to close unused right-of-way to make way for a new super Ingles on Spartanburg Highway — over the objections of property owners who said the road closings and development would limit access to their property.     Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | retail | south gateway | Ingles

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Humane Society opening second thrift store

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The Blue Ridge Humane Society is opening a second thrift store that will sell appliances, power tools, yard implements and building supplies.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Blue Ridge Humane Society

Hendersonville Business

Downtown shops announce 'Love our Locals' promotion

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Historic Downtown Hendersonville merchants are launching a new program aimed at encouraging local residents to shop downtown.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | retail

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Get ready, girls ...

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Get ready, girls.   Read Story »

Tags: Finders Keepers | retail | thrift stores

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A tribute to Shipman, frozen custard shop opens

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Richie Burlett's grandfather, Clif Shipman, had a dream.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | retail

Hendersonville Business

Ingles to replace old store with big new one

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Southside retail continues to pop.   Read Story »

Tags: supermarkets | retail | south gateway | Ingles

Hendersonville Business

Co-op plans new building on Spartanburg Highway

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The Hendersonville Community Co-op plans to open a new store open next year, having closed last month on the purchase of two acres across Spartanburg Highway from its current South Grove Street building.   Read Story »

Tags: supermarkets | retail | Hendersonville Community Co-Op

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Downtown merchants report uptick in holiday shopping

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Downtown Hendersonville businesses were encouraged by the foot traffic and buying over the Christmas holidays.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | retail | Main Street makeover projects | Main Street Advisory Committee

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Council OKs Fresh Market, Stein Mart expansions

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The Hendersonville City Council approved big changes to Southgate Shopping Center, clearing the way for Fresh Market and Stein Mart expansions  and improvements that will make the parking lot more orderly and attractive and less like a life-size bumper car floor.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Southgate Shopping Center

Henderson County Business

YEAR IN REVIEW: Booze becomes big business

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The biggest business news of the year could be summed up in a word that local leaders would not have associated with economic growth 30 years ago: alcohol.   Read Story »

Tags: business | Sierra Nevada | Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards | retail | Burntshirt Vineyards | Southgate Shopping Center | construction

Hendersonville Business

WTZQ announces winner of $1,600 shopping spree

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WTZQ announced the winner of a $1,600 Holiday Shopping Spree on Wednesday.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | WTZQ

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Fresh Market, Stein Mart to renovate and expand

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A year from now, shoppers may not recognize Southgate shopping center.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | retail | Southgate Shopping Center | south gateway

Hendersonville Business

Doctors are in, for Finders Keepers sale

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The Doctors of Junkology are at it again.   Read Story »

Tags: Finders Keepers | retail

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Striving to serve fickle diners

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A visitor from South Carolina drove up to the Tractor Shed on Labor Day weekend, unaware that it had gone out of business. She was shocked to learn that it had closed.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | retail

North Carolina Business

Former Earth Fare CEO opens market in Brevard

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BREVARD — Mike Cianciarulo learned the supermarket trade at upscale market Gooding's and sharpened his marketing skills competing with the popular Publix supermarkets in Florida. Fletcher-based Earth Fare hired him as CEO in 1998.   Read Story »

Tags: Food Matters Market | supermarkets | retail