Charlotte

Planning board OKs toll lanes for I-77

January 21, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization voted 50-12 in support of toll lanes, allowing a controversial project on a 26-mile stretch of Interstate 77 spanning northern Mecklenburg and Iredell counties to move forward.

Raleigh's Capital Bank could move HQ to Charlotte

January 21, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Capital Bank is considering relocating its headquarters to the Queen City after regulators approve its proposed $350 million acquisition of Charlotte's CommunityOne Bancorp. Capital Bank will have nearly $10 billion in assets when the deal closes, expected to be in the first quarter.

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.

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.

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.

Lowe's exits venture with Australia's Woolworth's

January 19, 2016

(Bloomberg Business)

Lowe's is bailing out of an unprofitable joint venture with Australia-based Woolworth's Ltd. after six years of struggling to compete in the market. The Mooresville-based company owns 33% of the venture, which operates more than 60 home-improvement stores in Australia under the Masters and Home Timber & Hardware brands.

Big projects on the agenda for Charlotte City Council

January 19, 2016

(Charlotte Agenda)

Charlotte City Council could vote on several big development projects at Tuesday's meeting, including rezoning a 27-acre parcel near SouthPark mall to allow for a project that would replace an aging apartment complex with 1,100 homes, more than 500,000 square feet of office and retail space and 300 hotel rooms.

To handle SouthPark's growth, Charlotte looks to outside experts

January 18, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte is hiring the nonprofit Urban Land Institute to study how to transform its SouthPark neighborhood from a suburban shopping district into a denser, urban area that is more pedestrian-friendly. Nearly 2,400 new apartments are planned for the SouthPark area, where about 67,000 people work.

Lowe's to hire 46,000 seasonal workers

January 15, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Mooresville-based Lowe's is betting on an improved housing market by planning to hire 15% more seasonal workers than last year. The home-improvement retailer, which employs about 265,000 people at more than 1,800 stores, is hiring now for jobs that will start in February.

China's Haier buying GE appliance business

January 15, 2016

(WRAL.com)

China's Haier Group will buy General Electric's appliance business for $5.4 billion. Electrolux, which has its North American headquarters in Charlotte, abandoned plans to acquire the unit in December after the federal government raised antitrust concerns. GE Appliances is based in Louisville, Ky. Parent company GE recently said it chose Boston over North Carolina for its new headquarters and 800 jobs.

Duke Energy's Weber moving to Lowe's

January 15, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Jennifer Weber, 49, will become chief human resources officer at Lowe's, overseeing the Mooresville company's 265,000 employees. Weber has worked for Duke Energy since 2008 and was most recently executive vice president of external affairs and strategic policy.

Wells Fargo cuts 39 technology jobs in Charlotte

January 15, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

The layoffs affect only a small percentage of the bank's workforce of 23,500 in Charlotte. Nationwide, 121 technology jobs will be eliminated. A Wells Fargo spokesman said the bank will try to help affected employees find other jobs within the company.

LendingTree topples 29% after raising growth estimates

January 14, 2016

Shares of Charlotte online lender LendingTree tumbled 29% Wednesday on another bad day for stocks. The decline came despite comments from the company that it expects to report annual revenue growth of 51% and operating gains of about 80% when it releases earnings later this month.

Parker Poe law firm opens Atlanta office

January 14, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte-based Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein has opened an Atlanta office, its sixth location and the first outside of the Carolinas. Several attorneys previously with McGuireWoods LLP have joined the firm, including Robert Florence, whose background is in the pharmaceutical industry.

Red Ventures invests in NY education site

January 14, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Red Ventures invested $4 million in New York-based CourseHourse, a site that helps adults enroll in educational programs from informal cooking classes to university courses. The Indian Land, S.C.-based marketing firm, which announced in December plans to add 500 jobs in Charlotte, has made several investments in educational providers over the last year.

MetLife plans to spin off life insurance business

January 13, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Insurer MetLife says it is considering a spinoff, sale or initial public offering of its life insurance business and the new company would be based in Charlotte, where the New York-based company employs more than 1,500. A company spokesman said the changes would have no impact on its Cary Global Technology Campus, which employs more than 1,000 people.

Panthers playoff game could have $5M impact on Queen City

January 13, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

If you're planning to attend this weekend's divisional playoff game between the Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks, it won't be cheap. The average ticket price was $465.65 on Tuesday. Fans traveling from Seattle weren't able to book hotels and flights in advance, which is typically less expensive, since the matchup wasn't set until Sunday when the Seahawks beat Minnesota 10-9.

Feds close investigation into Carolinas HealthCare System

January 13, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

The U.S. Department of Labor took no action in a long-running case against the Charlotte-based health care system, though it could revisit the case in the future. The investigation centered on MedCost, a for-profit health benefits company owned by CHS. A whistleblower asked the Labor Department to determine whether ownership of the company represented a conflict of interest.

Charlotte City Council backs I-77 toll lanes

January 12, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Council members voted 7-4 to support the $647 million project that will add toll lanes on 26 miles of Interstate 77 in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. Their vote means the project, already under construction, is likely to continue despite vocal opposition from leaders and residents of several towns in north Mecklenburg.