• Behind the scenes of Chester Opportunity Zones

    Sometimes the variety of wine and the person who owns the vineyard gets all of the credit and the workers in the vineyard get little to none of it. The same might be said of the Opportunity Zone announcement for Chester that will take place today. U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman may have made the announcement (as Gov. Henry McMaster did in Ridgway earlier) but Chester City Councilmember Angela Douglas did the actual “grape-crushing.” In this case, that means Douglas found out about the Opportunity Zones in the first place.

  • Crenco Food Stores sold

    Hal Crenshaw has sold one of Lancaster and Chester County’s most recognizable small businesses, Crenco Food Stores, which grew out of the company his father started a half century ago.

    The group of five convenience stores was purchased this week by Virginia-based GPM Southeast, the sixth-largest private owner of convenience stores in the country.

    The sale has been in the works for months – GPM applied for beer and wine permits several weeks ago – but Crenshaw had refused to talk about it until the transaction was completed.

  • Natural Gas Authority opens new offices

    The gas carriage lamps outside of the new Chester County Natural Gas Authority offices and warehouse on Ballymena Road were burning brightly Thursday and Friday nights during tours of the new facilities, indicating that yes, as the saying goes, now the Chester County Natural Gas Authority (CCNGA) was really “cooking with gas.” That is, if the “gas” in question was the enthusiasm and excitement created by a new office and a new location.

  • Patrons can now make a ‘QuikTrip’ in Richburg

    There’s no better way to pick up something fast for a snack or a meal on the go than to make a quick trip to a full service convenience store, or maybe that should be a “QuikTrip.”

    The latest QT convenience store and the only one in Chester County, held their grand opening this week. The 24/7 convenience store is located off Lancaster Highway near Interstate 77, Exit 65.

  • One brick at a time

    The Chester County Chamber of Commerce wants to help small businesses build a strong foundation and they’re doing it just like you’d build a foundation for a house, one brick at a time. Five of them, in fact.

    Chamber President Brooke Clinton explained in partnership with York Tech and Winthrop’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the chamber is preparing to launch a series of five workshops designed to provide some foundational learning for small business owners.

  • New Chamber board chair wants to "fill up Chester County's glass"

    The new chair of the Chester County Chamber of Commerce pledges to focus her energies on connecting with businesses and showing Chester County students all of the job and career opportunities there are waiting for them on the other side of the schoolhouse doors.

    Abby Brunson, a Global Career Development facilitator with the Chester County School District, took over the gavel from 2017 Board Chair Chris Winters at the Chester County Chamber’s Annual Banquet.

  • Going once...going twice..(almost) gone!

    The people who raised their hands or nodded at Chester auctioneer Rick Cox as he conducted his monthly auction on Monday did so with a tear in their eyes and a fond farewell. After 18 years selling everything from boardgames to bulldozers, Cox is hanging up his gavel and closing the doors of Cox Auction.

    He said contractors will tear down the auction barn beginning in March and the plan is to construct a new Spratt Savings & Loan.

  • "Opportunities" keep knocking at Chester County's door

    Business and industry is alive and well in the county, says Chester County Economic Development Director Karlisa Dean. That new industry or business that comes in under the label “Opportunity” continues to knock at Chester County’s door.

    Dean sat down with The N&R recently to reflect on how 2017 treated Chester County and what was ahead for 2018.

    “In 2017, we had $231 million worth of investment, that was Roseburg Forest Products, Next Gen Alloys and ATI.”

  • Pope receives Duke Energy Citizenship Award at chamber banquet

    Tony Pope, senior vice president at First Citizens Bank, a man with an impressive resume as a business and community leader, was this year’s recipient of the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

    Duke Energy Vice President of Community Relations Rick Jiran presented the award Thursday night at the Chester County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet.

  • More than just taxes, H&R Block owners want to be part of community

    Julie Blalock wants to do your taxes, but more than that, she wants to help your community.

    Blalock is the area manager for the H&R Block franchise with offices in Rock Hill, Richburg and Chester. This Tuesday and Wednesday, the two Chester County offices held a drop-in Open House.

    Blalock, a mother of five, is originally from Michigan. She moved to the area when one of her sons got a job in Greenville.

    She has been with H&R Block, both on the corporate side and the franchise side, since 1993.