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Old 09-09-2014, 03:18 PM
 
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Any update on a hotel downtown? Was hoping for a holiday in express type of place
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Old 09-09-2014, 04:23 PM
 
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^well, at least it will sound better to out of town people. The City Hotel sounds really po-dunk.
Why? Because it's not a brand name? Besides three or four Four Seasons and a 21c Museum hotels on this list of the 25 best hotels in the US, the rest are not brand named hotels.
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:02 PM
 
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In hotel-years, the City Hotel is an ancient property. I doubt they could put much more of a brand than Holiday Inn on it.
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:45 PM
 
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Has anyone been past 14th St at Green Mill Run? They are logging or something in those woods and I didn't know if anyone know what is going on. Here is a map of the area.
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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^well, at least it will sound better to out of town people. The City Hotel sounds really po-dunk.
Why? Because it's not a brand name? Besides three or four Four Seasons and a 21c Museum hotels on this list of the 25 best hotels in the US, the rest are not brand named hotels.
My personal opinion, it's a poor name choice. It doesn't have to have a big name to be a nice hotel, but in my honest opinion you look at all the names on that list you provided. Everyone of them sounds swanky or at least like a pleasant place to stay if I was visiting from out of town. If I searched for hotels on the internet & saw City Hotel, it doesn't give me the warm fuzzies or make me feel safe. I may be alone in my opinion but it sounds small time. They could have branded the name much better. But to each their own. Something like the Village Garden Hotel & Bistro at Greenville...sounds more luxurious than The City Hotel & Bistro.
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:55 AM
 
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Article about the Carolina East Centre (old shopping center beside Galleria 11) changing.

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The last remaining occupants of an old-style Greenville shopping center are getting ready to move to their new homes in the city as negotiations continue between the property’s owner and prospective buyers.

“Make sure you tell them what a great job they do on nails,” a customer at the shopping center’s Rose Nails salon said.


The nail parlor will join several other Carolina East Centre tenants at a new location being built for them. Community Square, in the 4000 block of South Memorial Drive, is nearer to Pitt Community College. Other center occupants have found new homes elsewhere in the city.

Carolina East, at 3400 S. Memorial Drive, now is little more than a shell of the once-bustling retail and business center it once was. Built in the 1970s, city officials said it likely will be demolished like most similar shopping centers if negotiations with an unidentified prospective buyer are completed at the end of October.

City planning officials confirmed Tuesday that site plans have been submitted to redevelop the property. Gayle Tripp a manager with Speight Properties, a subsidiary of Speight Group Management LLC, also confirmed that the property’s owner, Maxine Speight, is negotiating a possible sale, but company officials are not revealing and details about the possible buyer.

Site development plans were submitted in April to the Greenville Planning Department by private developer RKM of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Those plans include demolishing and rebuilding the property but have not been finalized and approved, city officials said. Tripp did not confirm that RKM is the party that Speight is negotiating with, saying that the talks are sensitive and confidential.

“We’re still in the contract negotiation phase. We won’t know anything until the end of October,” Tripp said.

Another person connected with the site’s development said arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby had expressed interest in locating on the property, but was unsure if the company is still part of the equation.

Tripp also said the Oklahoma City-based retailer had submitted an application with the City of Greenville to build on the property.

City planners said they have no record of any documents connected to the company, such as an application for a business license.
Also, the Local Hot Dish states that Chipotle will be opening on Sept. 29. It will probably be Christmas before it calms down enough that you can get in there!

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The Greenville location of Chipotle Mexican Grill will open Sept. 29, according to Danielle Woolard in the Denver-based restaurant chain’s marketing and public relations department.

Local diners have been impatient for news about the restaurant since “Hot Dish” announced in early January that Chipotle was taking over a portion of the brick building at 610 S.E. Greenville Blvd. that formerly housed O’Charley’s.


Greenville commercial real estate developer Brodyco, owner of the property, has subdivided and renovated the building. Chipotle will be located on the side of the building closest to PetSmart. A Brodyco spokesman said the company is working to find a second tenant.

Chipotle, headquartered in Denver, Colo., specializes in burritos, bowls, tacos and salads using organic ingredients and naturally raised meats. The chain has more than 1,500 company-owned locations globally. Each restaurant is designed with an open kitchen so patrons may watch their customized food being prepared to order on the serving line.

The Bread Lady

The Bread Lady sandwich shop and bakery has moved just down the street to 913 Moye Blvd., behind the Handy Mart at the intersection of Moye Boulevard and Memorial Drive. The building has housed a number of previous restaurants, most recently Taco Time.

The Bread Lady offers boxed lunches featuring sandwiches on housemade bread for $7.25. Bread choices include sour dough, honey wheat, sun-dried tomato basil and garlic cheddar. Sandwich selections include chicken salad, pimento cheese, egg salad, tuna salad and BLT; meatloaf sandwiches are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Each lunch is served with a choice of a pickle or half of a boiled egg, chips or pretzels and a choice of dessert.

Desserts include cream cheese brownies, carrot cake, Nieman Marcus bars, lemon bars, red velvet cupcakes, chocolate chip cheesecake, peanut butter bars, yellow or chocolate cupcakes, Gooey Butter Bars, banana cream cake and Mississippi Mud Cake.

“We’ve got a larger kitchen in this building,” owner Elaine Allen said. “We had run completely out of space.”

Although the new location does not have a separate bakery space, cakes are available by custom order.

Allen began her culinary career baking bread in her home for family and friends. She was encouraged to market her baked goods and rented a local commercial kitchen in 2002; she soon was selling more than 1,000 loaves a month. She opened The Bread Lady on Moye Boulevard in 2008, later expanding the business by leasing adjacent spaces to add a bakery space and more dining room seating.

Hours are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Call 413-0024.

Pirate’s Popcorn

Deborah and Todd Browder are the new owners of Pirate’s Popcorn, 614 E. Arlington Blvd. The husband-and-wife duo purchased the store, which specializes in flavored popcorns, from Kelly and Ron Snyder.

It’s the first business venture for the Browders, who are both graduates of East Carolina University.

“We have talked about owning a small business for years and the timing was not right or the right business had not yet come along,” Deborah Browder said in an email. “Pirate’s Popcorn is a great local business that met all of what we were looking for in a business.”

Deborah has been a stay-at-home mom for 19 years following a short career in banking. Todd is a former executive of a couple of local manufacturing companies.

“Our plan is for Todd and me, along with the current staff, to run the business on a day-to-day basis,” Deborah said. “No major changes are planned for the business. Our primary goal is to continue providing the same great product and customer service that has been offered in the past.”

The Browders plan to implement a fundraising program to help support local schools, churches and sports teams.

Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and Saturdays; and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays. Call 321-1300 or visit Pirates Popcorn | Gourmet Popcorn | Gifts | Special Occasions.
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:44 AM
 
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Uptown Greenville growing at near historic rates

Uptown Greenville is growing at near historic rates. That's what some city officials are saying as more and more businesses open up in the area.

Officials say the trend shows the City of Greenville is really starting to rebound from the recession.

One says towns all across the country are now focusing inward rather than on expanding and that plan is really starting to pay off in Greenville.

"Our center city is experiencing a historic renaissance," said Bianca Shoneman, director of Uptown Greenville, an organization devoted to promoting economic development in uptown. "For a long time, the municipality has had a concerted effort to revitalize the center city. And now the private investors are beginning to come online."

So far, private and public investments in the revitalization of uptown have topped $110 million, which have allowed the city to tackle projects like new parking garages, something that was desperately needed.

"I think it was not only important to encourage more businesses to come here,” said Carl Rees, Greenville Economic Develop. Dir. “It was vital to keep the businesses that we had."

According to Uptown Greenville, 13 new businesses have opened over the past year; nearly half of them opening within the last few months.

That has created nearly 180 new full and part time jobs in uptown; almost 60 of which came when the Irish pub, Fitzgerald's, opened its doors.

"I think it's great any time you can provide jobs for an area and help a place grow and thrive,” said Kyle Barcosiewicz, Fitzgerald's Regional Mgr. “It's always better for the people that work here and the people that live here."

The success uptown is having attracted Fitzgerald's to expand out of Charlotte and Chapel Hill and open up in Greenville.

"We saw this was a great area, a lot of good bars and restaurants around here, we just wanted to be a part of it," said Barcosiewicz.

Although there is still room to grow, Rees says they know they've already come a long way.

"We obviously [have] been through a difficult economic time, but both in our urban core and throughout the whole city, for the time being, we're pleased to see the level of development activity that's currently in place," he said.

Rees says land values in uptown go for about a million dollars an acre. That's much higher than the rest of the county, which goes for about $100,000 an acre.

Uptown Greenville growing at near historic rates - Greenville, NC | News | Weather | Sports - WNCT.com
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Old 09-10-2014, 11:55 AM
 
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Chipotle to open Sept. 29
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Old 09-10-2014, 12:01 PM
 
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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I've got a family member in the hospital and from up in the room I can see much of Greenville skyline. I see a crane in Greenville, appears to be between the football stadium and the river, it's in east Greenville. It's not the uptown parking deck crane. I can see that too. Anyone know what this one is?
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