Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx addressed a sold-out Lake Norman Chamber lunch Thursday, outlining the positive economic impacts expected from the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Meanwhile, Chinese tool manufacturer Positec is moving its North American headquarters to the Exit 18 area, and opening a distribution center at The Park, in Huntersville. Those items plus other local business notes.
MAYOR FOXX ADDRESSES CHAMBER
HUNTERSVILLE – The 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte will benefit business across the region, from the economic impact of visitors to contracts for local companies as the city prepares for the big event, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx told members of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Thursday.
“This convention will impact communities from Statesville to Rock Hill,” Mayor Foxx said. It will bring business to hotels, restaurants, attractions and local businesses.
Mayor Foxx spoke to a sellout crowd at Thursday’s chamber Power Luncheon at Northstone Country Club.
He also said local businesses are being encouraged to respond to Request for Proposals (RFPs) for convention-related work. Convention organizers are building a vendor network, with signups available online at on the web.
Local business officials say hotels already have received bookings for 1,000 of the 1,600 hotel rooms available in the Lake Norman area.
“There will be a great many ways for our local businesses to get involved,” Bill Russell, president of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, said in a press release Monday. “We are working with the Charlotte Chamber and Visit Lake Norman in coordinating with their hospitality partners to open those doors of opportunity.”
POSITEC ADDS JOBS
Positec Tool Corp., a Chinese power tool manufacturer, announced last week that it plans to move its Charlotte-based North American headquarters into a new office at 10130 Perimeter Parkway in north Charlotte, off I-77 Exit 18. The firm will also relocate its retail distribution facility from Santa Fe Springs, Calif., to about 120,000 sq. ft of industrial space in The Park at Huntersville. The expansion will add 30 new jobs, according to a July 15 announcement.
Headquartered in Suzhou, China, Positec employs makes power tools, lawn and garden equipment and accessories, including the Rockwell and Worx product lines. Positec has more than 100 employees in Charlotte. More info: www.positectoolgroup.com
There were long lines at the checkout this weekend at the Borders Books in Northlake Mall as bargain-hunters hoped to take advantage of the chain’s going-out-of-business sales. Books, DVDs and other items were marked down 10 to 20 percent or more. The company announced last week that it was liquidating its 399 U.S. stores after failing to find a buyer. The company had filed for bankruptcy in February. It’s not clear how long the liquidation sale might last. “We don’t have an exact closing date,” an employee at the Northlake Mall store said Monday.
Meanwhile, are there bargains here? Time magazine reporter Brad Tuttle says be careful. Writing on Time‘s Moneyland blog, he says Borders’ closeout prices may not be that much of a discount, if any at all. See also dealnews.com, “19 Out of 25 Items Increased in Price During the Borders Liquidation Sale.” That’s a report on a visit to a New York City store.
HICKORY FURNITURE FEST
HICKORY – Hickory Furniture Mart will host its annual Furniture Festival & Clearance Sale this Friday through Sunday, with furniture craftspeople showing off their skills, educational displays, a raku pottery demonstration, and other activities. The event runs Friday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, July 30, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, July 31, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. In one display, an Amish craftsman will build a nightstand from the ground up, and it will be given away in a drawing. Local wineries will be on hand, and the market will be offering discounts all weekend. Details: www.hickoryfurniture.com.
MERCHANTS MEET AUG. 5
The next Davidson merchants’ meeting is scheduled Friday, Aug. 5 at 9 a.m., in the board room at Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St. Downtown manager Kim Fleming says the agenda will include information about the town’s 2011-12 advertising support program, which helps business owners with advertising expenses in exchange for using the town logo in their ads.
Training Ground has opened in at 122 St. Alban’s Lane, across from St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. Frank Giancarli is the owner and personal trainer. More information: 704-641-6831 or fitnessatthelake.com.
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