Statesboro and Bulloch County's tremendous growth over the last several years is unparalleled in its 200-year history. Georgia Southern University has grown beyond expectations and the industrial park has blossomed. The local business community is thriving, and downtown Statesboro continues its resurrection.
Technology has become an integral component of any company's infrastructure and upgrading it can be a painfully expensive task.
True to my word, I am here today to report on grocery stores. Is a new grocery store coming to Statesboro? That is still an unconfirmed rumor. However, what is not rumor, and is fact, is a small, upscale food market has opened on Broad Street in downtown Metter - aptly named the Broad Street Market.
Statesboro's apartment building boom is abundantly evident to anyone who travels the Statesboro Bypass between Highway 67 South and Highway 301 South.
I know it seems like I write a lot about restaurants, and you are right, I do. But, there is a very good reason for that. My kind readers have made it abundantly clear to me that their favorite topic is a new restaurant opening or a new grocery store "coming to town."
It is an old rule in the real estate community that commercial development follows residential development. As housing construction continues at an abated pace on the southwest and west sides of Statesboro, many residents in those areas will argue that up until now, that old axiom has not proven true in their part of town.
We all watched this summer as the Krystal hamburger era came to an abrupt end at its location near the entrance of Wal-Mart on Northside Drive in Statesboro. Franchise owner, Jeff Hook, was very vocal about his battle with the Krystal Corporation, and was clearly disappointed when he ended up on the losing end.
Bulloch County manager, Tom Couch, readily admits he was "skeptical" about Splash in the 'Boro at first, fearful it would be a drain on the county and its taxpayers.
Admit it. You sit around with your friends and co-workers and complain about the number of restaurants in Statesboro. "I wish we had more restaurants here," you say. "I wish we had more to choose from."
On any given day, you can walk into the Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio and Salon on Savannah Avenue and find it full with customers. Owners, Linda Figg and her daughter, Alisha Davis, have spent the last several years building one of the top producing Merle Norman cosmetic studios in the country.
After much deliberation, Prudential Kennedy Realty owner, Everett Kennedy, moved his office this past summer from its South Main Street location, across from Sonic, to its new Market District location behind East Georgia Regional Hospital.
When I decided to run for mayor this past August, I knew my relationship with the Statesboro Herald would change and it did. For almost 10 years, I had written an "Inside Bulloch Business" column each week as well as a business news story.
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