Business

New construction will bring thousands to downtown Charlotte

January 21, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Construction in downtown Charlotte is booming, according to a report released Wednesday by booster group Charlotte Center City Partners. About 3.5 million square feet of office space, more than 2,200 hotel rooms and more than 8,700 apartments are planned or under construction. CEO Michael Smith said he's not worried about overbuilding.

Duke Energy sets solar record

January 21, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Charlotte-based utility installed more than 300 megawatts of solar power in North Carolina in 2015, enough to power 60,000 homes. Duke spent $500 million to acquire four large solar farms, mostly in eastern N.C., and buying solar energy from other developers.

Wegmans to open first NC grocery store

January 20, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Wegmans Food Markets, an 88-store chain based in Rochester, N.Y., plans to open its first North Carolina store in Cary. Consumer Reports ranked Wegmans, which has stores in New York, Massachusetts and across the Mid-Atlantic region, the No. 1 supermarket in the U.S. in 2015. The grocer earned high marks for produce, freshness, baked goods and overall shopping experience.

Entity with ties to PPD raises $71M

January 20, 2016

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

X-Co Holdings LP raised more than $71 million in a securities offering, according to an SEC filing. X-Co Holdings is listed a biotechnology entity that shares the same address as Wilmington-based Pharmaceutical Product Development, which is owned by private-equity firms The Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman.

Greensboro developer Marty Kotis buys downtown property

January 20, 2016

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Marty Kotis, the Greensboro developer who compares his approach to rehabbing buildings to the Extreme Makeover TV show, will pay $900,000 for the city-owned human services building in downtown Greensboro. Kotis said he has no immediate plans for the property.

Durham's Clinverse bought by Pennsylvania company

January 20, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Clinverse, a Durham-based software company with about 60 employees, has been acquired by Bioclinica, a privately held Pennsylvania pharmaceutical-services company with about 2,000 employees, for an undisclosed amount. Clinverse's cloud-based software is used by drug companies and CROs.

BofA stock slides after earnings report

January 20, 2016

Bank of America released its annual financial results Tuesday, showing that the largest N.C.-based public company is past its recession-era woes and ready for a big bounce once interest rates increase. Investors were so impress with the $16 billion in annual profit that shares declined 1.5%, with the company's stock now trading at the lowest level since 2013.

Cree shares rise in after-hours trading

January 20, 2016

(WRAL TechWire)

Durham-based Cree reported second-quarter earnings of $14 million, with adjusted earnings of 30 cents per share, beating Wall Street expectations of 24 cents per share. Shares rose more than 5% in after-hours trading on Tuesday. The LED-maker said it is delaying the spinoff of its Wolfspeed power and radio-frequency unit until later this year.

PLS Logistics Services opens Charlotte office

January 20, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Pennsylvania-based company plans to employ about 200 people in Charlotte over the next several years. PLS provides supply-chain management and brokerage services for the shipping industry.

Smokies, Parkway top national attractions

January 19, 2016

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

More than 15 million people visited the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2015, a 7% increase over the year before. The 469-mile parkway, which stretches from Cherokee to Shenandoah, Va., was the National Park Service's most visited attraction while the Great Smoky Mountains was the most visited national park with 10.7 million visitors, a park record.