Business roundup: Big Lots now open in new location

  • Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 1:14 a.m.
    UPDATED: Sunday, May 26, 2013 1:44 a.m.
Barbara Garwood
Barbara Garwood

Big Lots made a $1,500 donation to Salisbury High School during its ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for its new Innes Street location.

Big Lots stocks merchandise that typically sells for 20 to 40 percent less than discount stores and up to 70 percent below traditional retailers.

The new store at 711 E. Innes St. is 23,000 square feet. It replaces one at 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd. West at the Salisbury Mall.

Kramer speaking to real estate investors

Rozalia Kramer from Dobry Investments will speak at the Rowan Real Estate Investors and Associates meeting Tuesday, May 28.   

She will speak on trusts and how they are often used in real estate transactions. 

The group meets at China Buffet in Salisbury at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  The meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend.  China Buffet is on Arlington street behind O’Charleys near Interstate 85 exit 76. 

Call 704-762-1117 for more information. 

Geriatric Care Management Program

Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC) is now offering geriatric care management services. Barbara Garwood, a certified geriatric care manager and the new director of community services for Lutheran Services Carolinas, is coordinating this effort.

The N.C. Synod’s Virginia Casey Fund and Michael Peeler Fund provided financial assistance to offset the cost of a care manager who is available to moderate- to low-income seniors.

“LSC works with folks who want to remain at home, or age in place,” says Garwood, who was previously the director of Trinity LivingCenter in Salisbury. “We want to help them stay at home for as long as they can.”

Care management services are available at an hourly rate. Preference for financial assistance through the scholarship fund is given to low- to moderate-income seniors, but anyone navigating the caregiving journey can contact Garwood to determine eligibility.

A member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, Garwood has facilitated collaborations with other certified geriatric care managers throughout North Carolina. Contact her at 704-603-1686.

McCorkle joins Tastefully Simple

SALISBURY — Heather McCorkle of Salisbury has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring easy-to-prepare foods.

As an independent business owner, McCorkle offers food samples at home taste-testing parties. Contact her at

Premier Federal Credit Union coming

GREENSBORO — Premier Federal Credit Union has purchased 1.48 acres of land at 940 Jake Alexander Blvd. West in Salisbury for a new branch location.

The site has nearly 37,000 vehicles passing by daily.

“We have been looking for the past two years to find the perfect site to relocate our existing branch. The proximity to our existing branch and the VA hospital, the ease of accessibility and the growth in the immediate area will provide exceptional opportunities for us,” said Lori Thompson, president/CEO.

The credit union plans to build a 3,600-square- foot building with drive through accessibility and a drive-up ATM.

Karen Alexander, architect, and Carrol Fisher Construction Co. will design and build the new facility. Construction will start later this year. The new office will be open in the second quarter of 2014.

Premier Federal Credit Union was chartered in 1963 and serves 23,697 members from seven locations in North Carolina and one in South Carolina. Deposits are insured by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund. The corporate office is located at 1400 Yanceyville St., Greensboro.

Delhaize eyes sale of two brands

Delhaize is looking to sell two of its U.S. businesses as it continues to cut costs, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The Food Lion parent has hired Lazard Ltd. to sell its Harveys and Sweetbay supermarket businesses, the sources told Reuters.

Delhaize made about 65 percent of its 2012 revenue of 22.7 billion euros ($29.7 billion) in the United States, mainly through its Food Lion and Hannaford chains.

Harveys has 73 supermarkets in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. Sweetbay has 105 stores in Florida and caters to the Hispanic market.

Delhaize Group, the Belgian parent company, has announced an annual dividend for stockholders of record on Thursday, May 30, of $1.8216 per share on Wednesday, June 5. That is an 18.59 percent decrease from the prior year and represents a dividend yield of 2.91 percent. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, May 28.

CommunityOne, Bank of Granite merger OK’d

CommunityOne Bank, the principal subsidiary of FNB United Corp., has received approval from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for the merger of its sister bank, Bank of Granite, into CommunityOne.

The merger is scheduled to be complete on June 8. Beginning Monday, June 10, all Bank of Granite branches will operate as CommunityOne.

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