• Wal-Mart Supercenter is coming to Chester

    A Walmart Supercenter is on the way to Chester but a definite date for construction to begin has not been scheduled, said Chris Neeley, senior manager for public affairs for Walmart of South Carolina. Neeley confirmed Tuesday that a store is planned at 1677 J.A. Cochran Bypass, the former Kirby Auto Mall site.
    “It does appear we will be putting a Supercenter in Chester,” Neeley said. “The goal is to have a grand opening mid-2012.”

  • Bringing the beach home

    When Melissa Williford was laid off two years ago, she didn't whine about it, she got busy planning her new career. Williford, who previously managed payroll accounts took a chance at becoming a retail business owner. Her new shop, T-shirts, Tags & Decals at 648 Lancaster Highway, Suite D, has her both excited and nervous about her new venture, she said.
    “It's scary,” Williford said. “I wonder am I going to be able to pay bills and worry about just getting the customers.”

  • The Blackstock Depot: Where time stands forward

    It's located where, 100 years ago, the old Blackstock train depot used to be and it is today where modernity meets old-fashioned. Just across the street from it is the now defunct Blackstock Hotel, standing weathered and indicative of the not-so-distant past. Whether you farm, fish, hunt, drink beer, need a few groceries, want fast food or just need gas, the depot probably has some of what you  might be looking for.

  • Extreme makeover: Chamber of Commerce edition...maybe

    Wishes and “I want to's” won't bring a business hub and county landmark that's stood the test of time back to it's former days of glory but, if a money cloud happens to appear over Chester, Jim Fuller is willing to give it a hands-on try.
    Fuller, president of the Chester County Chamber of Commerce, is more than ready to rip out the torn green carpet that adorns his office, and the rest of the chamber building, to expose the tiling and plywood he says lies beneath.
    More than that, he wants to

  • Ooh me, it's UMI!

    Chester's Japanese restaurant, UMI, (pronounced oom-mee) held a ribbon cutting Tuesday for government leaders and the business community to sample their cuisine – and sample it they did.
    “It's good, it's very good,” said Chester Chamber of Commerce President Jim Fuller.

  • Sno-Biz offers beach, beats and treats

    Charlie Wilson wanted a spot where locals could retreat with a cool, shaved ice treat, sand beneath their feet, a view of a palm tree and oldies jamming on the speakers. So in April, he opened Sno-Biz at 648-F Lancaster St. near Gene's Kwik Stop. With temperatures nearing the century mark this week, Wilson's roadside business, though far from coastal breezes, aims to please with tropical treats of almost any variety a customer can name Wilson said.
    “Any flavor you want,” he said.”You name it, we've got it.”

  • Big news for Ida Claire

    Well I declare!
    Ida Claire Creamy Southern-Style Cheesecakes, located at 320 Dearborn St. in Great Falls near the Piggly Wiggly, has landed a new, big client.

  • Chester Regional Medical Center ER changing

    Staffing changes are coming to Chester Regional Medical Center with the goal to offer better emergency care. Beginning July 1, ApolloMD will be the new contract group for the hospital's ER, said Wendy Parker, vice president for Physician Recruitment Hospital Relations.
    Dr. Ted Patras of AthenaMD, a division of ApolloMD, was in town with Parker May 3 to recruit and interview local physicians for the changeover project.

  • Well Ida Claire

    They have a wholesalers license and their product is certified as a South Carolina product. In fact, Barbara Lyles and Barbara Hilton even have a certificate from the Department of Homeland Security.
    "We are certified as not being terrorists," Lyles said.
    Their product is made in South Carolina and they are licensed to sell. Homeland Security might want to rethink their designation, though, because the cheesecakes Lyles and Hilton make in their small Great Falls business are definitely "the bomb."

  • Got all A's on your report? Get a free rental

    Students who earned all As during the school year can reap their academic rewards with a free rental from a local video and game store.
    Family Video at 1841 J.A. Cochran Bypass has kicked off its “Report Card A Program” which the company instituted in 1982, said Store Manager Corey Graves.
    “The kids work hard all year,” he said. “We like to get them in here to get some free stuff.”
    Family Video, which opened in Chester in October, offers 4,000 different movie titles and 600 different game titles, Graves said.