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Mel Funk and Brad Blumer are the owners of Fresh Chef

Fresh Chef, launched in 2014, could employ 200 by year end

By Dave Vieser.  Mel Funk and Brad Blumer, co-owners of the Fresh Chef restaurants, seem to have hit their stride with a restaurant concept that features fresh entrees for the casual diner. What started out in a single storefront in a strip mall is tripling in total size this year, with several new locations on the […]

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I-77 advisors express frustration over lack of progress

Feb. 25. By Dave Vieser. Frustrated members of the I-77 Local Advisory Group voiced their concerns loud and clear at the conclusion of their 90 minute meeting with the NCDOT: “Tell us where the obstacles are that are preventing the I 77 toll lane contract from being canceled.” The meeting was billed as an update […]

New NC entrepreneurial council includes CLT members

Feb. 23. Gov. Roy Cooper has established a North Carolina Entrepreneurial Council to support policies that encourage entrepreneurship, foster economic development, and support sustainable, high-quality jobs. “Entrepreneurs play a key role in stimulating our economy, creating new businesses and jobs and helping to revitalize communities across our state,” the governor said. “This diverse council will […]

BestCo will add 141 new jobs in Mooresville

Feb. 20. BestCo, a developer and manufacturer of consumer healthcare products, will invest $47.5 million in its Mooresville operations, creating 141 jobs. BestCo, which began as a confectioner known as Beacon Sweets in New Jersey, is now a leading developer of consumer healthcare products, including over-the-counter drug products and dietary supplements. The company creates new […]


Lakeshore Marketplace sells for $3.55 million

Feb. 18. A Cornelius retail landmark at 19501 W. Catawba has sold for $3.55 million. Known as the Lakeshore Marketplace, the mid-1980s strip shopping center has almost 30,000 square feet of space in two buildings. For a few years it was painted in colorful coastal hues, a la Rainbow Row in Charleston. The buyer was Arroyo […]

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The Red Line is the Dead Line

By Dave Vieser.  For well over a decade, transportation and planning officials have been hoping that a commuter rail line to North Mecklenburg and southern Iredell would become a reality. Mixed-use developments such as Antiquity in Cornelius and Bryton Town Center in Huntersville were built with the expectation that commuter rail would eventually whisk workers […]

Is N. Meck Alliance a ‘supper party with no supper?’

By Dave Vieser.  Analysis. It sounded good in theory: Create a regional transportation alliance for Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson. Officials in both Cornelius and Huntersville liked the idea, so back in 2017 they withdrew their funding and membership in the Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission (LNTC) to formally establish a new transportation group, known as the […]

Allison Emrey during the second round of the Symetra Tour's Florida's Natural Charity Classic at the Country Club of Winter Haven on March 11, 2017 in Winter Haven, Florida.

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River Run CC putts Symetra on 2019 calendar

Feb. 9. Women’s professional golf returns to the Charlotte area later this year when the Symetra Classic is held at River Run Country Club. The 54-hole event will be played May 13-17, 2019. This will be the second year the event is held at River Run. The tournament was held at Raintree Country Club in […]

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Ingersoll Rand will receive top honors for sustainability

Feb. 5. Ingersoll Rand, based in Davidson, will receive the Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development from the World Environment Center (WEC). “We are honored to be recognized by the World Environment Center for our contributions to a more sustainable world. Sustainability is core to who we are. The passion and commitment […]

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Todd Plyer and Associates join Potter & Co.

  Feb. 5. Potter & Co., an accounting and advisory firm with offices in Concord, Mooresville, Monroe and Charlotte, welcomes Todd Plyler along with five other accounting professionals formerly with Collins, Boike & Moore. “I am so excited to bring our practice and professionals to Potter,” Todd Plyler said. “We felt that Potter’s values and […]