Rausch has been the business editor since September 2008, previously serving as senior business reporter. He joined the Chronicle in April 2007. He has written for newspapers in Napoleon, Ohio, Moline, Ill., and Lima, Ohio. He holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University (1992). In 2006, he received a second place award in business writing from the Association Press in Ohio.
Posted August 16, 2012 01:12 pm

Club Car upgrades utility vehicle

Club Car has unveiled its new entry level utility vehicle, which is a new version of its existing Carryall line.


The Carryall 242 is replacing the Carryall 232. Club Car is marketing the vehicle to college and medical campuses, and some apartment complexes.


The improvements over the old model seem to be style and comfort related. There’s more leg room, its got a pedal start, more colors and more lighting options.


Kurt Meyer, Club Car commercial/industrial marketing manager, said the refinements come from customer feedback on the 232 model.


The light duty vehicle is useful for maintenance and landscaping employees.


Price tag? The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $6,071.


LAND FOR SALE: Club Car is selling some its land over by the manufacturing complex in Columbia County.


Club Car is moving its used golf car inventory and storage facility to the main plant on Washington Road and is selling 12 acres at 791 Industrial Park Drive in Evans, according to company spokesman Brian Formato.


Formato said the move should promote efficiency in streamlined operations.


The building is about 13,000 square feet. The asking price that I’ve seen is $1.3 million.


TIRES: The used car dealership at the corner of Washington Road and Bobby Jones Expressway has been leveled. The land at 3869 Washington Road is being converted to a tire store.


Discount Tire is building a new 7,000 square foot store there, according to company spokeswoman Kendra States.


It should open in December.


Discount Tire currently owns more than 800 stores across the country, and there are several stores in the Atlanta and Columbia.


MORE GOLD: Yes, a Windsor Jewelers’ We Buy Gold location is coming to the intersection of Wrightsboro and Marks Church roads.


PORK CHOPS NOW BULLCHICKS: The restaurant that was the former home of Pork Chops and Carl’s Best BBQ on East Martintown Road in North Augusta is almost ready to be the second BullChicks in the metro area.


Ali Kassam, a representative from True Story Entertainment, BullChicks’ marketing and advertising agency, said the franchise owners are still getting permits and making it look like the restaurant chain. There’s no specified opening date, though.


This will be the second Texas-based BullChicks restaurant in the Augusta area. The first restaurant opened at 503 Highland Ave. in Augusta.