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Business

  • Antique shop roof collapses

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville lost a member of its business community after the snow-laden roof at Mountain Top Antiques Mall came crashing down on countless collectibles, furniture, glassware, art pottery and showcases Saturday morning.
    Charles Nelson, owner of the business that opened in 2007, regretfully announced the incident Sunday on the store’s Facebook page.

  • Petitions push to save Kroger

    Frustrated with the news that the Kroger in Galax will close in late March, locals took to social media websites to voice their concerns, and are attempting to cause enough of a stir to convince executives to think twice about their decision.
    Representatives from Kroger made the announcement on Jan. 17, after several attempts to gain more profits from the store failed.

  • Kroger to close Galax store in March

    UPDATED 1/20/14:

    Kroger executives announced Friday that the Galax store will close its doors on March 21, after failing to reach profitability.
    The Kroger store on East Stuart Drive opened in 1967, but the store’s presence in the community stretches even further back — as early as the late 1930s or early 1040s.

  • Longtime Galax physicians retiring

    December 2013 marked the retirement of two Twin County Regional Healthcare (TCRH) physicians, Dr. James P. King Jr. of Twin County Ear, Nose and Throat; and Dr. Mark W. Mattson of Twin County Surgery.
    The two doctors have dedicated more than 50 years of their lives to practicing medicine for patients in the Twin Counties and surrounding areas. They both spoke with The Gazette in December to share memories of the careers they built in the area.

    Dr. James P. King Jr.

  • Industry passes on Wildwood

    Ken McFadyen, director of Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA), confirmed the news at the agency’s Dec. 12 meeting.
    A prospective business for Wildwood Commerce Park in Carroll County, which promised a potential return of 450 jobs and $100 million in private investment, has selected another state for development after months of negotiations with the authority.
    The authority has not named the company that was looking at Wildwood.

  • New industry getting started in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Classic Creations, the startup screenprinting company locating in the Carroll Industrial Park, should be in full production early in 2014 as printing continues to rev up this week.
    In the meantime, CEO Keith Sanders remains pleased about the progress in revamping the former Gildan facility into a state-of-the-art commercial screenprinting facility.

  • Industrial park needs new child care provider

    HILLSVILLE — Just as new job activity gears up in the Carroll County Industrial Park, Carroll officials have to find a new child care provider for the day care facility there.
    About 52 children attend the facility now.
    The Industrial Development Authority made affected parents aware of the coming change by letter in November.

  • Incentives available to tourism businesses

    HILLSVILLE — Qualifying Hillsville businesses will be able to receive certain incentives after town council’s adoption of a “tourism zone” ordinance at the Oct. 28 meeting.
    Council members held a public hearing, but the only reaction to the ordinance came from Planning Commission Chairwoman Ann Largin, after her committee reviewed the proposal and made a recommendation on it.

  • AT&T service now available in Galax area

    Galax will no longer be a “dead zone” for AT&T wireless service, now that the telecommunications company has made it available in the area.
    On Monday, AT&T announced the availability of its mobile Internet service in Galax, extending access for advanced mobile services, devices and applications to customers in the area.
    This will allow AT&T customers with smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices to access the Internet, voice and data capabilities, the company said in a news release.

  • Screenprinting company to create 55 jobs, invest $1.4 million

    HILLSVILLE — Classic Creations Screen Printing will create 55 jobs and invest $1.4 million in a facility in Carroll County Industrial Park, according to a Tuesday announcement by CEO Keith Sanders.
    In a crowded board of supervisors room, Sanders noted that he chose Hillsville and Carroll County as the location for his startup business due to the quality workforce that’s available here and the help he’s gotten from local and state representatives over the last 14 months.