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Business news: John Harris Body Shop now in new location in Sumter

Sumter's only chain-brand auto body shop is now operating in its new location. John Harris Body Shop opened on July 2. Where: 2945 Broad St. Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: (803) 469-8200 Services Collision repairs and … more

Sumter restaurant food grade scores

Food grade scores for inspections conducted by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control at Sumter food establishments Aug. 3-10. A "C" is failing. A Plus Store, 1768 Pinewood Road: A Bi-Lo #5417 Deli/Bakery, 2055 … more

Sumter Chamber to launch new program aimed at entrepreneurs

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce is launching a new program targeting entrepreneurs in the Sumter area interested in learning the four keys to starting a successful business. According to a news release from the Chamber, … more

Business news: Sumter's new Tru by Hilton hotel is first in state

Tru by Hilton is now open for business on Broad Street next to Buffalo Wild Wings. The mid-scale hotel is the first of its brand that Hilton Worldwide has opened in South Carolina. Where: 2607 Broad St., Sumter Availability: 90 … more

Restaurant news: Las Palmas opens near Shaw

Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant opened on July 9 near Shaw Air Force Base and has overwhelmingly positive reviews online. Where: 1339 Peach Orchard Road, Sumter hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. CONTACT: … more

Nominations open Monday for new 20 Under 40 contest

A new contest, magazine and celebration event will soon give Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties the chance to recognize and honor young professionals and community leaders. Nominations for the 2018-19 Top 20 Professionals Under 40, a partnership … more

Rafters in downtown Sumter now serving brick oven pizza

Rafters is now serving wood-fired brick-oven pizza on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The cocktail bar above Hamptons — they share the kitchen and talents of Chef Raffaele Dall’Erta — … more

Rafters now serving brick oven pizza Bar above Hamptons in downtown Sumter expands its Wednesday, Thursday menu

Rafters is now serving wood-fired brick-oven pizza on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The cocktail bar above Hamptons - they share the kitchen and talents of Chef Raffaele Dall'Erta - opened in March and added the pizza to its tapas-style appetizer and … more

No 2 workouts ever same at new Sumter gym

It's a new workout regimen that's a mix of technology, science and community and is growing worldwide, across the U.S. and now in Sumter. Ashley Schwedler, co-owner and general manager of F45 Training, 20 W. Liberty St., recently discussed the … more

Job fair in Bishopville to feature almost 40 employers

BISHOPVILLE - The Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments and SC Works and its business partners are hosting a job fair in Bishopville on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Old Bishopville High School Gymnasium, 121 E. College St. Doors will be open to … more

Broad Street Waffle House regains A grade after cockroach violation

After four food grades inspections that included two "As", one "B" and one failing "C" grade, a Broad Street Waffle House has regained its "A" grade standing after a July follow-up inspection. An inspection on July 9 at 1041 Broad St. resulted in … more

This is NOT marijuana: Sumter farmer 1 of first 20 selected to grow industrial hemp for state research

Farmers typically want a sure thing and don't take risks, but he's taking one. He's Nat Bradford of the Bradford Family Farm/Bradford Watermelon Co., and he's one of just 20 farmers in the state selected for a pilot program this year to grow … more

New on-demand delivery app launches at Shaw, in Sumter

An app that lets the community help each other out with everyday errands and necessities has made its way to Sumter. JoyRun is a peer-to-peer social app platform that allows people to pick up items and deliver them to others. Based in Silicon … more

Sumter branch of Waffle House fails DHEC inspection

A Sumter branch of a chain diner received a failing food grade after cockroaches and dirty utensils were repeatedly found in the kitchen. The Waffle House, 1041 Broad St., in front of Sumter Mall received a 93 percent on its most recent … more

'Modern, fresh' Tru by Hilton to open late July in Sumter

A new mid-scale-market hotel is about to open its doors in Sumter. According to Raj Patel, operator of the soon-to-be completed Tru by Hilton on Broad Street, that hasn't happened in a long time in town. Patel said Wednesday he expects his new … more

Sumter-based Merchant Iron Works to expand, create new jobs

A Sumter-based manufacturer is expanding and creating 27 new jobs. Merchant Iron Works, 3215 Beulah Cuttino Road, announced today its making a $2.5 million capital investment into its facility and … more

Bubba's Diner closes, owners vow to open again in Sumter

June 12 turned out to be a tough day for Bubba Rabon in more ways than one. As a candidate for the District 2 seat on Sumter County Council, Rabon lost a tight Republican primary race to incumbent Artie Baker, who achieved 51.4 percent of the … more

Chicken lovers flock to suddenly reopened Sumter Church's Chicken

One thing was for sure this week: Sumterites love their Church's — that's Church's Chicken. The fast food restaurant — known for its hand-battered chicken and sweet honey-butter … more

New Arby's opens on McCrays Mill Road in Sumter

Arby's shift manager Dalexus Dingle, left, hands customer Boyce Hodge his food order Wednesday during the new restaurant's first day of business at 1954 McCrays Mill Road. Stay tuned for more … more

Lee County coatings business will add 20 jobs

A metal-finish coatings business in Lee County is growing and expanding its operations. Carolina Metal Finishing, a leader in powder and custom metal finishing for industrial sprinkler heads and other fire protection service fixtures, will be … more
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