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Business

  • Gas station, Domino’s, Dairy Queen planned for N.C. 211 intersection

    SUPPLY—A new Minuteman Food Mart, Dairy Queen and Domino’s combination is being planned at the intersection of U.S. 17 and Southport-Supply Road.

    The new gas station-convenience store-restaurant combination is scheduled to be complete this fall.

    According to Wesley Campbell, vice president of Campbell Oil-Minuteman, headquartered in Elizabethtown, construction on the project is scheduled to begin Monday, and the 4,000-plus-square-foot building should be complete by November.

  • Raspet co-edits estate manual

    Two Smith Moore Leatherwood trust and estate attorneys, Tanya Oesterreich, based in Charlotte, and Jill Raspet, who lives in Brunswick County and is based in Wilmington, served as co-managing editors of the seventh edition of the North Carolina Estate Administration Manual as a part of their service on the Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

  • Groundbreaking for new First Bank location set for September

    Officials expect to break ground on the new First Bank location in Shallotte this September, and the building should take about six months to complete.

    According to First Bank City Executive Dave Kesterson, the company’s engineers are going through some last-minute revisions to the original plan to meet the town of Shallotte’s specifications.

    He said a new building on the 1-acre property off Whiteville Road would be a welcome change from the temporary location now in use on Main Street.

  • Ocean Isle Inn manager says staff, location make all the difference

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The friendly way customers are treated at the Ocean Isle Inn is one of the main factors in the resort’s success, manager Lee Shapiro says.

    The fact that it’s on a wide, uncrowded beach doesn’t hurt, either.

    Recently, resortandlodges.com named the Ocean Isle Inn the number one resort destination on the Atlantic Coast.

  • Coca-Cola moving Wilmington distribution center to Leland

    Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated is moving its regional distribution center in Wilmington to the Leland Industrial Park by the end of the year, the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission (EDC) has announced.

    The company has agreed to purchase the 80,000-square-foot former MarKraft building in the industrial park and invest more than $2 million in the project, EDC director Jim Bradshaw said.

  • May home sales up over April, down from last year

    Home sales in Brunswick County increased last month over April, going from 119 to 151, but the number was a drop from May 2009 when the total hit 170.

    Even with the up-and-down numbers, local Realtors and developers say they are seeing increase in buyer interest—mainly in the less-expensive homes and properties.

    “Things have picked up some,” Linda Stephens of Rampage Realty on the Holden Beach mainland said this week, but, “It’s not what it should be.”

  • Dosher opens new sleep disorder laboratory

    Dosher Memorial Hospital, 924 N. Howe St. in Southport, has opened a sleep disorder laboratory for the diagnosis and treatment of potentially serious sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, excessive snoring, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder.

  • Officials break ground on International Logistics Park

    BRUNSWICK/COLUMBUS COUNTY LINE—Government and business officials from across the county, region and state braved the rain and mud to celebrate the groundbreaking of the International Logistics Park of North Carolina Tuesday morning.

    The 1,000-acre park is a unique venture between Brunswick and Columbus counties and the state.

  • County logistics park receives state rail site award

    The N.C. Railroad Company and a private consulting firm have selected the Mid-Atlantic Logistics Center in northern Brunswick County as the best distribution site in the recent recognition of the Great Freight Rail Sites in North Carolina.

    Brunswick County’s Economic Development Commission is hoping the recognition will lead to more industrial prospects for the now-incomplete park.

  • Business partners attempt to revolutionize Internet filtering

    Local business partners Kevin Skipper and David Little have created something unique in the computer world—a way for families and businesses to block access to certain websites without using expensive software.

    Little, the owner of Knosys Computers in Calabash, and businessman Skipper have created WebFilterPro, which uses domain name system (DNS) technology rather than software to block certain sites.

    Both fathers, the two men said they like the idea of creating an affordable way for families to control Internet use in a household.