March 28, 2016
Mack Pearsall believes this month's opening of The Collider in downtown Asheville can bring high-paying jobs to the city and make it a hub for the climate-data industry.
March 25, 2016
A 795-acre parcel of land about 25 minutes from downtown Asheville is for sale. Asking price: nearly $24 million. The land is part of the Cliffs at High Carolina, a development announced in 2007 that was to include about 1,000 upscale homes and the first U.S. golf course designed by Tiger Woods ("Life after Tiger," April 2014).
March 23, 2016
Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery said Tuesday it has picked Roanoke, Va., as the location for its East Coast brewery. Buncombe County had spent $6.8 million to buy 137 acres for the project; David Gantt, chairman of the Buncombe County commission, said he believes the county will be able to sell the land without losing money.
March 22, 2016
Asheville wealth management firm Parsec Financial will expand in southwestern North Carolina and upstate South Carolina with the acquisition of Tryon-based Millard & Co. Founder Andy Millard is stepping aside to focus on his campaign for North Carolina's 10th Congressional District.
March 14, 2016
Three film productions, including a made-for-TV remake of the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing, are expected to spend more than $41 million in the Asheville area this year. The projects are expected to provide jobs for a combined 465 local crew members and 1,411 local extras.
March 9, 2016
Low-cost carrier Allegiant announced a new route between Asheville and Jacksonville, Fla. The flight will be available on Mondays and Fridays from May 27 to Aug. 15.
March 9, 2016
(The News & Observer, Raleigh)
Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger named 10 state senators that will explore possible ways to overturn a Charlotte ordinance that would allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. Meanwhile, Asheville City Council said Tuesday that city doesn't need a similar ordinance.
March 3, 2016
Tupelo Honey will open a restaurant in Denver, its first location outside the Southeast. The chain, started in Asheville in 2000, opened four new stores last year and has another planned in Atlanta this year.
March 2, 2016
Retail space is 90% full, while office space is 95% full at the 10-year-old, 1,000-acre Asheville development owned by Biltmore Farms. The company owns an adjacent 100 acres for future development. The area includes 650 single-family homes, 120 apartments and 72 condos. About 2,000 people live and work in the 43-acre Town Square, an urban village that is the commercial core of Biltmore Park.
March 1, 2016
The state Utilities Commission approved Duke Energy's $1 billion plan to build two natural-gas turbines to replace its coal-burning units at Lake Julian near Asheville. The commission rejected Duke's request to build a third unit, though the utility could seek approval for that project at a later date.
February 29, 2016
Lionsgate TV was awarded a $4 million state film grant for a remake of the 80s movie Dirty Dancing. Filming will take place in Buncombe and Jackson counties. The state Commerce department also awarded film grants for Shots Fired, a TV show that will film in Charlotte, and an independent movie titled Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which will film in western N.C.
February 26, 2016
The Haywood County school board voted this week to close Central Elementary at the end of the school year, a casualty of declining enrollment that is becoming common in some rural western N.C. counties due to the loss of manufacturing jobs.
February 23, 2016
A joint venture that includes Ontario-based auto-parts manufacturer Linamar will open a new plant in Mills River in mid-2017, hiring 350 people to make aluminum components for cars. The company will invest $217 million in the plant and could receive up to $4.7 million in state incentives.
February 18, 2016
New Belgium Brewing received about 200 applications for each of the 20 jobs at its Liquid Center tasting room in West Asheville. The brewery now has about 80 employees; a spokeswoman said that number should increase to 140-150 by the end of 2017. When the tasting room opens later this month, the Colorado company will become Buncombe County's 25th craft brewery.
February 16, 2016
(The Charlotte Observer)
Opponents of Duke Energy's plans to build two natural-gas power plants in the Asheville region will have to submit written critiques; a quick 45-day approval process requested by legislators leaves no time for customary hearings.
February 12, 2016
(The News & Observer, Raleigh)
The tale of an 86-year-old Asheville woman who applied for a photo ID so she could vote in next month's election — and was turned away — has sparked more debate over the state's voter ID law. "We messed that one up," state DMV Commissioner Kelly Thomas said.
February 10, 2016
Net sales declined 1.4% to $951.1 million, but gross profit increased to $225.6 million from $224.4 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2016 at Ingles Markets. The Asheville-based grocery chain is planning capital investments of $100 million to $140 million in 2016.
February 8, 2016
Columbia Energy says it can provide Duke Energy Progress with 523 megawatts of power produced at its Gaston, S.C.-based plant, a deal the South Carolina company says would lead to cheaper power bills for western N.C. residents than Duke's proposed natural-gas plants in Asheville.
February 5, 2016
Deschutes Brewery will announce in about a month where it plans to build its East Coast brewery. The Bend, Ore.-based beer company is believed to be considering Asheville; Roanoke, Va.; and Charleston and Greenville, S.C. The brewery would create 100 jobs and is expected to become a tourist destination similar to Sierra Nevada's Mills River brewery.
February 3, 2016
New Belgium has delayed the opening of its $140 million West Asheville brewery by a month. The beer-maker will open its tasting room in March and begin brewery tours in April.