ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION: Businesses interested in Bojangles’ building
BAKERSVILLE – The Mitchell County Economic Development Commission Board of Directors at its regular meeting Friday, Nov. 30, received a power grant update from Mayland Community College President John Boyd, received a health care update from Blue Ridge Regional Hospital CEO Becky Carter and heard an update from EDC Director Mickey Duvall.
The Mike Brown Ford building has been leased, Duvall said. The property will be home to a distribution center for NAPA Auto Parts and will also have a car lot for up to 35 cars and a full-service AAA garage.
“There will be a lot of potential for the hiring of local mechanics learning at Mayland,” Duvall said.
The McCall’s building is being rapidly renovated for Yummi Cafe and another entity. Ribbon cuttings for the Mike Brown and the McCall’s building are planned.
Duvall said he and other officials are working with the owner of the old Bojangles’ building to try to negotiate a fair lease agreement. Several franchises, including Huddle House, Cook Out and Biscuitville, have inquired about the space.
Walmart, which sits in the same parking lot as the Walmart building, brings in an estimated 3,000 people each day, Duvall added.
Boyd said the Pinebridge project was not selected for the more recent round of power grant funding, but he expects there will be only one round of power grant funding next year and the funding would likely be distributed in late spring or summer 2019 – when Mayland’s annual financials will already be committed.
Boyd said Mayland might instead opt to apply for the grant with the intention of using it for the hotel portion of the Pinebridge project.
Carter said the hospital enjoyed a positive year. With the pending sale of the hospital from Mission Health to HCA, Carter added plenty of changes are coming.
“It’s going to be fascinating,” she said.
Carter said the hospital will replace its MRI machine next year and the hospital averages about 1,000 emergency room visits per month.
The hospital’s door-to-provider time is about eight minutes and the door-to-door time clocks in at under two hours on average.
During his update, Duvall said the Chamber of Commerce was awarded the Maximize Carolina Grant to help establish a workforce development program in the county.
“I think this is going to be great,” Duvall said. “We’re very excited to partner with the Chamber on this.”
Local industry, including The Quartz Corp., will help support the program in its second year, Duvall added.
Duvall said the Henredon site is scheduled to be shown this month and he sent information on the site to two other interested companies.