Triangle

Highwoods plans $40.9M office building in Cary

February 10, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Highwoods Properties will begin construction of a 167,000-square-foot office building in Cary in the second quarter. The $40.9 million project, in the Weston area, should be complete by the third quarter of 2017. The Raleigh-based REIT reported fourth-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street estimates by a penny a share.

BioCryst shares slump after failed drug trial

February 9, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Shares fell 71% Monday after Durham drug developer BioCryst Pharmaceuticals reported that its experimental treatment for a rare genetic disorder failed to help patients in a clinical trial.

Triangle Town Center sells for $174M

February 9, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A joint venture has acquired Triangle Town Center, a shopping mall in north Raleigh, for $174 million. DRA Advisors is the majority owner with a 90% stake; CBL & Associates, which previously held a 50% stake in the mall, now owns 10%. Anchors include Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's and Sears.

Mark Cuban bets on Southern Pines retailer

February 8, 2016

(The Pilot, Southern Pines)

R. Riveter, a Southern Pines-based handbag company started by two military wives, snagged a $100,000 investment from Texas billionaire Mark Cuban on ABC's Shark Tank. The national TV exposure alone could boost business for the small retailer: Producers told the company to expect 100,000 website hits when the show aired Friday.

Nationwide drops Durham ad agency

February 8, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Nationwide has dropped Durham-based McKinney after a seven-year partnership. McKinney CEO Brad Brinegar said losing the Ohio-based insurer — one of the ad agency's larger clients — will trigger some layoffs though he said it's too early to say how many jobs will be impacted.

Amazon rolls out one-hour delivery service in Raleigh

February 5, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

For just $7.99, Amazon Prime members in Raleigh can have their orders delivered within an hour; two-hour delivery is free. Raleigh is among 25 cities where the e-commerce retailer now offers the expedited service. The Prime loyalty program costs $99 a year.

Southern Pines retailer to appear on ABC's Shark Tank

February 5, 2016

(The Pilot, Southern Pines)

R. Riveter, a retailer of handbags and accessories in Southern Pines, will pitch their business to investors on ABC's Shark Tank Friday night at 9 p.m. Co-founders Cameron Cruse and Lisa Bradley, both military spouses, started the company in Cruse's attic making handbags out of recycled military materials. The company now employs 12 people and 12 contractors.

ChannelAdvisor reports record Q4 revenue

February 5, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Morrisville-based ChannelAdvisor surprised analysts when it reported a 24% increase in revenue in the fourth quarter. Quarterly revenue for the e-commerce company totaled $29.4 million, up from $23.8 million a year ago and higher than the $26.5 million analysts had projected. Annual revenue topped $100 million for the first time.

Earnings report roundup

February 5, 2016

Old Dominion finished 2015 on solid profit note, Winston-Salem Journal
Hanesbrands posts record 2015 despite softer fourth-quarter sales, Winston-Salem Journal
Credit Suisse announces 4,000 jobs cuts amid big Q4 loss, The Charlotte Observer

Triangle Capital promotes Poole to CEO

February 4, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Triangle Capital co-founder Garland Tucker III has stepped down as CEO; Ashton Poole, president and chief operating officer, will succeed him. Tucker will stay on as chairman of the Raleigh-based investment firm with nearly $1 billion of assets under management.

Wells Fargo cuts more mortgage jobs in Charlotte, Raleigh

February 4, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

The San Francisco-based lender is cutting 87 jobs in Raleigh and 68 jobs in Charlotte and Fort Mill, S.C., due to declining foreclosure rates and fewer people defaulting on their home loans. Wells, the largest U.S. mortgage lender, also announced Wednesday it will pay $1.2 billion to settle a mortgage dispute with the federal government.

Google Fiber will be free for pubic housing residents

February 4, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Google Fiber will offer high-speed Internet service to residents of public housing at no charge in the cities where its network is available. The tech giant is rolling out its gigabit Internet service in Charlotte and the Triangle, but has not provided specific dates when the service will be available.

Southern Pines lands on list of America's 50 Best Small Towns

February 3, 2016

(Newsmax)

Southern Pines (population 12,334) in Moore County ranked 25th on a list of the 50 Best Small Towns in America, published by Newsmax, a conservative media organization. Topping the list are Lebanon, New Hampshire; Los Alamos, New Mexico; and St. Augustine, Fla.

Former NationsBank exec joins Raleigh's Paragon Bank

February 3, 2016

(The Charlotte Observer)

Rusty Page is a senior vice president and business-development officer at the Charlotte office of Raleigh's Paragon Bank, which provides private- and commercial-banking services for affluent customers and small and midsized businesses. Page is the former head of investor relations for Charlotte' NationsBank, now Bank of America.

Tax credit could save CSX millions

February 3, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

If CSX follows through with plans to build at $272 million cargo hub in Johnston County, the company could benefit from a 50% state tax credit for railroads that spend at least $30 million on terminals. The N.C. Department of Transportation also is considering whether to provide $100 million to help pay for the terminal.

SAS continues streak of annual revenue growth

February 2, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Cary-based software company SAS Institute reported 2.3% revenue growth in 2015 to $3.16 billion. The company has posted annual revenue growth every year since it was founded in 1976. SAS added more than 1,800 new customers last year. Sales of risk software, which helps customers detect and minimize fraud, rose 17%.

UNC REX names new COO

February 2, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Susan Sandberg, 55, was named chief operating officer at Raleigh-based UNC Rex Healthcare, filling a position vacated 10 months ago by Steve Burriss, who was promoted to president. Sandberg comes from Community Health Network, an Indianapolis system with eight hospitals and 12,000 employees.

Blue Cross predicts ACA losses will top $400 million

February 1, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state's largest health insurer is projecting a combined loss of more than $400 million on Affordable Care Act customers in 2014 and 2015. Blue Cross and Blue Shield said it is eliminating agents' sales commissions on ACA plans and will stop advertising the policies.
Also: Insurance companies struggle financially as ACA deadline looms

Former UNC president begins Duke fellowship

February 1, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Tom Ross was named the first Terry Sanford Distinguished Fellow at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, where he will work on changing the way political district boundaries are drawn. Ross, who stepped down as president of the UNC system in January, plans to return to UNC Chapel Hill as a member of the faculty after a one-year sabbatical.

Construction to begin on 27-story tower in downtown Durham

January 29, 2016

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Construction on the 27-story City Center building will begin Feb. 15 and is expected to take 27 months. The skyscraper will include 21 floors of residences, 155,000 square feet of office space and ground-floor retail. Austin Lawrence Partners is the developer of the $70 million project.