A question was raised about whether the metro area will be overly saturated with Walmarts once the new one is built on Wrightsboro Road down the street from the Augusta Mall.
The new one would be the eighth for Augusta-Aiken.
I pulled up the census and looked at similarly sized cities in the U.S. and compared the number of Walmarts there.
We’re bigger than Odgen, Utah, and they’ve got 10 Walmart stores. Chatanooga, Tenn., has a dozen. And Jackson, Miss., has seven.
One in every 81 homes in Augusta was in foreclosure in 2011.
In all, 2,867 homes went into foreclosure in the six-county metro area, the second highest year since we’ve been getting statistical tracking on the market from RealtyTrac.
With 3,431 homes in foreclosure in 2010, that was the worst year.
Optimist view: The flood is receding. Pessimist view: There’s still a big flood.
Getting one of those recently-advertised jobs at Bridgestone could also include a trip to Japan – with the help of South Carolina.
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations announced Tuesday that applications for 75 engineering positions are being accepted through ReadySC.
As part of the incentives agreement for the Bridgestone tire manufacturing expansion projects, ReadySC will support 400 hours of on-the-job training in Japan for about 200 trainees.
Ah, another year, another list of the “Remember This?” moments.
And 2011 had some doozies.
The No. 1, hands down, biggest economic development story was Bridgestone’s tire facilities in Aiken County. At $1.2 billion, it was the biggest for the state and biggest for that company.
When the expansion at the existing plant is done and the new plant is online, there will be 850 more people making tires in Aiken County.
GlaxoSmithKline’s drug plant in Aiken – where they make Alli, Sominex and Beano – still belongs to Glaxo, despite the impending sale of more than a dozen over-the-counter drug brands to a New York company.
Prestige Brands Holdings didn’t buy the rights to Alli, nor the place that makes it, so the Aiken plant is still up for sale. Glaxo has been trying to sell off a grouping of drugs since April.
The Development Authority of Richmond County, which focuses on industry, is now seriously talking about whether to hire someone to concentrate on retail recruitment. The possibility came up at the board’s meeting Thursday.
Executive Director Walter Sprouse said such a recruiter would put an emphasis on south Augusta, where there is room to grow.
One of the comments in the Thursday meeting of the board of the Georgia Department of Economic Development that perked up my ears was an effort to raise the average wage of the state over the course of the next couple of years.
To do that over the population of a state is through the creation of a lot of high-paying jobs.
With more apartment complexes going up across the area, ATC Development being the latest to build in Grovetown and Aiken, it begs the question about the market for apartment housing.
Cal Evans is the real estate analyst for Synovus/Augusta First Bank and Trust.
Throughout October, the Chronicle’s business team put together a series on surviving the economic recovery – how slow and difficult it has been, even in areas such as medicine, which is commonly thought to be insulated from economic woes.
Augusta State University chimed in with some of its perspective on how the Augusta economy has fared since the Great Recession ended in June 2009.
Augusta Regional Airport is launching a new traveler loyalty program.
It is going to be managed by the company that runs the parking there, Republic Parking, and airport officials are soliciting participation from local businesses.