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Old 11-29-2011, 09:24 AM
 
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Well, it's official. Chiquita is moving to Charlotte.

Sources: Chiquita moving headquarters to Charlotte | WCNC.com Charlotte
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:02 AM
 
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Shame on Charlotte. If I never set foot in that plastic and glass suburb of a city again, I doubt I'll miss much. I've been three times when a friend used to live there and it was entirely forgettable each time.

And shame on Delta and CVG for starting this process in motion years ago while doing little to nothing to rectify it. The airport shoulders almost all of the blame for this move. Chiquita travels extensively to Central America and South America. Why waste all day getting to Mexico City from here when you can get on a non-stop US Airways flight?

That being said, I'll buy Dole bananas from now on. The Chiquita sticker might as well be a skull-and-crossbones poison warning for me from now on.

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Old 11-29-2011, 02:24 PM
 
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Yes the hometown company except when it was based in NYC before hand.

It sucks, but let's lower the hyperbole and fake outrage just a little.

Cincy poaches too.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Mauldin/Greenville
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Don't you still have P&G? Charlotte is still home to Bank of America, and we all know what kind of outstanding company that bank has turned out to be.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Who cares let them leave.....Sometimes Change is good....we gain one Omnicare that just moved their Headquarters to Cincinnati a couple months ago, & loss one Chaquita so its all good for Cincinnati maybe we as a city of Cincinnati will get another blessing with another company to fill that vacant spot.....still i think that our Airport can do better to offer more int. flights
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati(Silverton)
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Default Why cincy lost Chiquita?

Why Cincinnati lost Chiquita | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:38 PM
 
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I've lived in both places, and your opinion of Charlotte would be in the extreme minority. It's actually quite rare to find a transplant that doesn't like Charlotte (and it's a city built on transplants). Cincy on the other hand? Not a real popular place these days, like much of the Midwest. Folks are fleeing the Rustbelt in droves (I had a dozen or so Ohio State flags flying in my Charlotte neighborhood).

I'm not here to bash Cincy. I met many friends in Cincy and have many fond memories. However, we need to be real with ourselves on the revitalization of the South. And it's not about cheap labor and cheap real estate. North Carolina has great weather, beach, mountains, great schools/unversities, highly educated workforce, diversity, etc, etc. There's a reason Charlotte remains the nation's 6th fastest growing city.

Bottom line, Charlotte coughed up the dough ($25M) and all Cincy could muster was a measly $6-7M. With not much else to offer, I'm not surprised at the result. Cincy should be DESPERATE to save businesses.

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Shame on Charlotte. If I never set foot in that plastic and glass suburb of a city again, I doubt I'll miss much. I've been three times when a friend used to live there and it was entirely forgettable each time.

And shame on Delta and CVG for starting this process in motion years ago while doing little to nothing to rectify it. The airport shoulders almost all of the blame for this move. Chiquita travels extensively to Central America and South America. Why waste all day getting to Mexico City from here when you can get on a non-stop US Airways flight?

That being said, I'll buy Dole bananas from now on. The Chiquita sticker might as well be a skull-and-crossbones poison warning for me from now on.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Oxford, Ohio
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Abr7rmj, really??? You're casting shame on Charlotte for landing a company when Ohio simply didn't/couldn't do enough to keep it?? Are you going to be po'd at Cincinnati if it lands a major company from a different city?
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:46 PM
 
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I've lived in both places, and your opinion of Charlotte would be in the extreme minority. It's actually quite rare to find a transplant that doesn't like Charlotte (and it's a city built on transplants). Cincy on the other hand? Not a real popular place these days, like much of the Midwest. Folks are fleeing the Rustbelt in droves (I had a dozen or so Ohio State flags flying in my Charlotte neighborhood).

I'm not here to bash Cincy. I met many friends in Cincy and have many fond memories. However, we need to be real with ourselves on the revitalization of the South. And it's not about cheap labor and cheap real estate. North Carolina has great weather, beach, mountains, great schools/unversities, highly educated workforce, diversity, etc, etc. There's a reason Charlotte remains the nation's 6th fastest growing city.

Bottom line, Charlotte coughed up the dough ($25M) and all Cincy could muster was a measly $6-7M. With not much else to offer, I'm not surprised at the result. Cincy should be DESPERATE to save businesses.
That's funny, since the Cincinnati metro continues to add population. You'd think that the "droves" that are fleeing would be reflected in that.

Oh, and OSU flags are everywhere because OSU is a national university in a hugely populated state with highly popular sports teams. When I lived in Colorado I knew no less than three people who were diehard OSU fans who had never so much as set foot in the Eastern time zone. And people tend to move during lifetimes. Perhaps you've heard the phrase: "Wherever you go and whatever you do, you'll find Buckeyes."

That being said, enjoy Chiquita and their 330 jobs. They're a scandal-plagued corporation that has been linked to funding terrorists, among other misgivings. And their company is based on bananas (LOL). They hop around the country (they were in NYC before Cincy) and I'd bet you a Dole banana split that they'll relocate to Miami within 15 years.
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:51 PM
 
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Abr7rmj, really??? You're casting shame on Charlotte for landing a company when Ohio simply didn't/couldn't do enough to keep it?? Are you going to be po'd at Cincinnati if it lands a major company from a different city?
insightofitall really??? Bottom line: I love Cincinnati, not Charlotte. I could give a hoot about that city, their boring glass towers or their redneck NASCAR culture. I want what's best for our city. Whether that's Chiquita (doubtful, since the company is on shaky footing anyway) or another corporation, I don't care. And yes, if a company moves from Charlotte to Cincinnati I'd celebrate. Because, again, I love Cincinnati and I want what's best for our city/region.

What's wrong with that?

Incidentally, you'd probably be among the first (along with a few others here) who would be ready to riot and pillage down Central Parkway had Ohio or Cincinnati offered up that sort of ridiculous cash ($25M) to retain 300-odd jobs in a declining, scandalized corporation that specializes in the sale of a singular tropical fruit.

Oh, and before we even get to this point which inevitably every topic on here devolves to ... Yes: Charlotte has plans for a streetcar.

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