Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 16, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 145. No. 167
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50CFresh Market says location coming to Aiken
By HALEY HUGHES
The Fresh Market is coming soon to Aiken, according to the chain’s website, though details are still scarce.
TTk website does not specify an opening date, only that the specialty grocery retailer is “coming soon.” and lists the prospective loeation.only as Whiskey Road, leaving residents to speculate vs here the store will go. However, reports indicate it will open in an existing building.
The Fresh Market signed four leases tor a new store in Aiken. Chestnut Hill. Pa.,
Fresh Market Facts
A typical Fresh Market store is 21,000 square feet and carries 9,000 to 10,000 items on average. The grocer is based out of Greensboro, N C., and first opened its doors in 1982.
Possible Fresh Market locations
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Crystal I .ake, III., and Stuart, Fla., according to the company's 2011 first-quarter release. The stores are currently scheduled to open during or after fiscal 2011.
Representatives for The Fresh Market couldn’t be reached for comment.
Residents theorize The Fresh Market could open in what w ill be the former (iood-w ill location once the resale store moves into its new build
ing; the former Lawson’s Furniture space in Mitchell Shopping C enter, or in the vacant space in the Aiken Exchange next to Target.
The American Association of University Women, which has held its annual book sale in the empty space at the Aiken Exchange for the past sev eral years, was told this year the same space would be unavailable in 2012.
I*resident Bea Peyser was
advised “something large’’ was mov mg into the shopping center.
Associates at Target said they do not know what will go next to them, and Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce CEO/President David Jameson reports he has not heard anything, either.
The Fresh Market opens in Pawley’s Island at the end of this month, making it the fifth store in the state. It will be
over 23,000 square feet with a bakery with freshly baked breads and pies daily, a full-service meat counter, more than 200 imported and domestic cheeses, a produce department with more than 400 items and an organic section.
The company currently has 101 stores totaling approximately 2.1 million square feet and anticipates opening 12 to 14 new stores during fiscal 2011.
New store offers unique combo
By HALEY HUGHES
Belgian chocolate and flavored olive oil have come together in downtown Aiken.
La Bonbonniere, meaning “the candy dish” in French, and High County Olive Oil opened together on June I in Suite 105 of the I lolley Building. The w ide v ancty of chocolates, olive oils and balsamic v inegars ensure customers can walk out of the store w ith a bottle of w hole fruit blood orange olive oil to marinate fish in for dinner and caramel crunch chocolates for dessert.
La Bonbonniere has been in business in Augusta for six years, and owner Belvue Smith said she had been interested in an Aiken location for several years and, in particular, a space in the Holley Building.
It was a wonderful tw ist of fate when she was contacted by Bob Thrift and Craig Dougherty, who were working to open High Countr> Olive (hi, about joining them
“So many customers were coming in and asking, Why don’t you open in Aiken?’ Aiken is so special. Now,
I’m already thinking about the combination (a chocolate treat mixed with olive oil). It would be a marriage of two healthy products,” Smith said.
La Bonbonnieres entire line of products is handmade on site at the Augusta store. The Augusta store cames 26 chocolates; the Aiken store cames 13 including sea salt caramel, cherry cordial, rum raisin, caramel crunch ami hazelnut marble
Every ingredient is shipped direct from Belgium «
Smith’s native country - and does not include any prcser-v atives.
Assorted boxes range in price from $7.50 to $30.
Thrift and Dougherty, who both live in Charlotte, NX’., decided to open High C ountry Olive Oil atter seeing similar stores in other cities and lulling how successful they are.
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Staff photo by Haley Hughes Bebette Smith fills a mold with dark chocolate for the sea salt chocolate.
Two men robbed . at home
By KAREN DAILY
Two North Augusta men were transported to a local hospital Wednesday after fighting oft two gunmen during a home invasion on Happiness Lane, officials say.
“lite victims were transported to the hospital with lacerations and contusions to the head, none of which were lifethreatening,” said Aiken County SherifFs Office spokesman Troy Elwcll.
One of the residents who called for help told deputies he was in his bedroom when a black man dressed in dark shorts, a dark shirt and dark shoes woke him up J and ordered him at gun-j point into the living room.
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Area nonprofits lose tax-exempt status
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
The I menial Rev enue Service recently w ithdrew the tax-exempt status of 275,000 nonprofit organizations nation-w ide - including more than 60 in Aiken County - rn an eft ort
to purge its list of the defunct organizations.
Several local nonprofits on the list were taken tty surprise because they are still active organizations
Groups that lost their status were those that did not file required annual reports for
three consecutive years, w hieh the IRS took to mean the organizations were rn) longer operating, according to IRS spokesperson Jemu I cr Jenkins.
Prior to 2007, a year after Congress passed the Pension Protection Act, requiring most tax-exempt organiza
tions to file notices w uh the IRS annually, nonprofits w uh annual gross receipts less than $25,000 per year never I lad to file anything.
Last month’s automatic revocation of nonprofits that did not file the annual “postcard" was the IRS’ first after
the PPA, Jenkins said, adding that last year the IRS published a list of at-risk groups and gave smaller organizations an add)iii mal five months to file required notices and come into compliance.
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