Whitestown Explodes with Retailers

WHITESTOWN, IN, May 25, 2018 - Called the Shoppes at Whitestown, the development features eight lots that are already 90 percent leased. Among its tenants—according to town documents—are Hobby Lobby, Burlington Coat Factory, Five Below, TJ Maxx, Kirkland’s, Ulta, Ross Dress for Less and an Ashley Furniture Homestore. The retail center is expected to open in spring 2019.

Tru by Hilton Hotel in Rock Hill, SC

ROCK HILL, SC , March 19, 2018 - The City approved a Tru by Hilton site plan last summer. Tru by Hilton is a new brand. Tru bills itself as "vibrant, affordable and young-at-heart." It will be four stories and have 106 rooms.

New AMSE Construction Underway

OAK RIDGE, TN, January 11, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office and the city of Oak Ridge kicked off the new year by starting construction on the new home of the American Museum of Science and Energy.

New Skibo Stores Open

FAYETTEVILLE, NC, September 2, 2017 - The children’s and baby’s retail apparel stores OshKosh B’Gosh and Carter’s are scheduled to open Wednesday afternoon, becoming the first tenants to begin operation in the new $85 million Freedom Town Center.

Massive New Trampoline Park Opens in Charlotte, NC

CHARLOTTE, NC, June 26, 2017 - Charlotteans will begin to rethink the meaning of trampoline in mid-August when Big Air Trampoline Park opens its second franchise location on the corner of Sardis Road North and East Independence Blvd.

Smyrna's New Hobby Lobby Opens

SMYRNA, TN, April 20, 2017 - Home decor and craft giant Hobby Lobby will open Tennessee's 25th store in Smyrna in the coming days.

Hobby Lobby Opens in Lake City, FL

LAKE CITY, FL, April 3, 2017 - A new Hobby Lobby store opened in Lake City, Florida, with a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, April 3, 2017. The Lake City store is Hobby Lobby’s 44th location in Florida and joins 750 Hobby Lobby stores across the nation.

R+L Carriers Building New Distribution Center

YEMASSEE, SC, December 19, 2016 - R+L Carriers, a global logistics and shipping company, is expanding its current footprint in Hampton County. To accommodate its continued growth, the company will be investing $7 million in the project, creating 25 new jobs. To expand its current operations in Yemassee, S.C., the company plans to construct a new 50,000-square-foot distribution terminal on S.C. Highway 68.

Future Hobby Lobby Store in Hopkinsville, KY

HOPKINSVILLE, KY, October 5, 2016 - Construction is underway at a planned 185,000-sq.-ft. center in the western Kentucky town of Hopkinsville. Hopkinsville Town Center will count Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, Ross Dress for Less, Ulta, Burke’s Outlet, Hibbett Sporting Goods, and Rack Room Shoes among its tenants when it opens in late 2017 or early 2018.

"Fast and Furious 8" to Film in Central Georgia

MACON, GA, June 14, 2016 - Commission members heard that "Fast and Furious 8" is getting ready to film at the Guardian Center in Perry, a disaster training center.

Prattville gets Buffalo Wild Wings, Kay Jewelers

PRATTVILLE, AL, April 27, 2016 - Construction is expected to start next week on a new shopping hub in Prattville that will feature a new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and a Kay Jewelers location. Both businesses plan to open their doors later this year. “We love our real estate and know that these two tenants will be able to capitalize on this strong location with excellent access and visibility to the all-important Cobbs Ford Road,” said John Mottram, owner of the group behind the project, JJ Mottram Company.

Proposed major shopping center on Skibo Road

FAYETTEVILLE, NC, March 10, 2016 - A couple of signs sit by the railroad tracks that cross Skibo Road near Cliffdale Road. HomeGoods, it says: Coming Soon. The off-price home fashions store is indeed coming to the site, if all goes as planned. So are Field & Stream, Dick's Sporting Goods, Hobby Lobby and three dozen or so other retailers, restaurants and service businesses as part of a plan to build a sprawling 450,000-square-foot shopping center dubbed Freedom Town Center.

COR3 Design celebrates 5th Anniversary!

GREENVILLE, SC, March 11, 2016 - COR3 Design, LLC is 5 years old today. The company has been involved in many different projects in the past two years, from building rehabilitation in downtown Greenville, to a mixed-use development in Pikeville, KY, to a 350,000 SF new shopping center in North Myrtle Beach, SC. As of today, we have designed close to 7 million square feet of retail. As a preferred architect for Hobby Lobby, we design an average of 10 Hobby Lobby stores a year. COR3 Design is currently active in 11 states.

Buyer of The Gallery shopping center plans courtyard, renovation

GREENVILLE, SC, February 4, 2016 - Major appearance changes are planned at The Gallery shopping center on Haywood Road. David Weinstein, partner at DNA Property Management said the side building, a former restaurant, is being gutted, and the renovation includes an exterior “elevation plan”to visually enhance the space for retailers.

South Main Redevelopment

GREENVILLE, SC, September 11, 2015 - A project at 654 S. Main Street that went before the DRB last month during the informal review was presented formally. The design for the property next to Rick Erwin's and the Army Navy store shows a restaurant at street level and office space up top. Board members said the changes were a nice addition to that part of Main Street and approved the application unanimously. Upstate Business Journal - 09.11.2015

New stores coming to Coastal North Town Center

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC, August 24, 2015 - One of the Grand Strand’s newest shopping centers is expanding already. Less than a year after its debut, Coastal North Town Center in North Myrtle Beach has bought roughly four acres for its second phase that will consist of two buildings with a combined 15,800 square feet. World of Beer, Aspen Dental and Mattress Firm will move into the new phase, which is expected to open in March, officials said. Mission BBQ also is listed as a tenant for the new phase, according to the city of North Myrtle Beach. Read more here:

$25M Shopping Center Coming to Sevierville, TN

SEVIERVILLE, TN, April 22, 2015 -The 175,000-square-foot project will be located on a 16-acre site along Winfield Dunn Parkway at the site of the Old Reel Theatre. Phase I is slated for completion this September, and Phase II is expected to be complete in February 2016. The project team includes architect Cor3 Design, general contractor Vannoy Construction, and sub-contractor Blalock Cos.

Publix opens Wednesday in North Myrtle Beach

N. MYRTLE BEACH, SC, November 19, 2014 - A little more than a year ago, groundbreaking took place for Coastal North Town Center in North Myrtle Beach, the site of the former Robber's Roost Golf Course. Wednesday the much anticipated Publix opens for business. This is the first Publix in this region of South Carolina. The next closest one is in the Charleston area.

First store in Pikeville Commons officially opens

PIKEVILLE, KY, October 13, 2014 - Pikeville's newest shopping location is now officially open. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Monday morning at the new Hobby lobby. The store is the first to open in the Pikeville Commons development. Following Hobby Lobby, there will be seventeen to nineteen more businesses in the shopping center...including Marshall's, which is set to open later this month.

Over 21 stores drawings shoppers to the Coastal North Town Center

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC, October 3, 2014 - The newest shopping center will be home to over 21 stores, and it could all stem from the success of North Myrtle Beach's Park and Sports Complex. Stores open so far include: Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, Dick's Sporting Goods, Petsmart, and Versona Accessories.

Progress continues on Pikeville Commons

PIKEVILLE, KY, September 9, 2014 - Progress continues on eastern Kentucky’s newest shopping center. Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn reports that, despite wet weather, the Pikeville Commons shopping center is nearing completion.§ion=Community%20News

Moving the Wilkins House took 8 hours

GREENVILLE, SC, September 8, 2014 - Inch by inch, the 800-ton home moved some three blocks Saturday morning. The job, which took more than eight hours — two of them just to turn onto Mills Avenue — saved the home from being demolished for an assisted living center. The structure will now be restored to its original state and new additions will be built in keeping with the Italianate style, said the home's new owner, developer Neil Wilson of RealtyLink.

New stores coming to shopping center in North Myrtle Beach

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, September 5, 2014 - Stores at the 368,000 square-foot Coastal North Town Center start opening this week and will bring two stores - Hobby Lobby and a Publix grocery store - that can't be found anywhere else along the Grand Strand. Dick's Sporting Goods will be the first one to open in the new center.

Hobby Lobby to move into former Chesterfield Kmart space

CHESTERFIELD, MI, August 6, 2014 - The old Kmart store on Gratiot Avenue in Chesterfield Township is in the process of being transformed into a Hobby Lobby arts and crafts store. COR3 Design LLC, a South Carolina-based firm, has been tasked with renovating the space. The architects for the Hobby Lobby are helping to convert the building into a 56,569-square-foot arts and crafts store.

A New Venture Offers First Responders a Place to Train

PERRY, GA, May 10, 2014 - Guardian Centers is a 75-acre agglomeration on the plains of central Georgia. It is a stage-set town of 60 buildings that also includes a trailer park, a mile-long stretch of four-lane highway and a defunct Washington, D.C., Metro train, encased in a 500-yard-long, two-track tunnel. Supporters believe that this jumble of city parts represents the cutting edge in U.S. disaster preparation. It is also, unlike its competitors, a private, investor-funded venture, teaching domestic preparedness for a profit.

The Today Show takes you behind the scenes of the Guardian Centers

PERRY, GA, March 25, 2014 - How to prepare for an unthinkable disaster. The Today Show takes you behind the scenes of the Guardian Centers, a unique and realistic training ground for first responders in Perry, GA.

COR3 Design celebrates 3rd Anniversary!

GREENVILLE, SC, March 14, 2014 - COR3 Design, LLC celebrates its 3-year anniversary. The local architecture firm employs a total of 10 people and is currently registered in 16 states. COR3 Design has worked on numerous projects in the Carolinas in the past 3 years. Current projects include the design of nation retailers, local retail and restaurants in North Myrtle Beach, SC, building relocation and preservation of the Wilkins House on Augusta Rd as well as revitalization of the Crosspointe Shopping Center near Haywood Mall.

Fundraiser to help save historic Wilkins House in Greenville, SC

GREENVILLE, SC, March 13, 2014 - An effort is underway to secure funds to move this historic house from its Augusta Street location. Work crews will soon break ground on an assisted-living center where the Wilkins House has stood since 1876. One of the last standing structure of its kind, the home has survived a fire, two additions and multiple owners, and it could survive for years more.

New stores announced for Coastal North Town Center in North Myrtle Beach

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW), October 2013 - Monday, the North Myrtle Beach City Council and RealtyLink, LLC held a groundbreaking ceremony for Coastal North Town Center in North Myrtle Beach. The Town Center, located on the site of the former Robber's Roost Golf Course, will offer 348,000 square feet of commercial space and will open for business in late 2014.

Groundbreaking for Pikeville Commons

PIKEVILLE, KY (WYMT), September 2013 - Pikeville City Officials have talked about a new shopping complex for several years and on Monday that project took a big step forward. The stores that were announced at the ceremony were Marshalls, Hobby Lobby, Maurices, Ross, Rack Room Shoes, and Ulta. Officials say there are many other stores and restaurants that will be announced soon. There will also be 200 apartments in the complex.

Redevelopment of Shopping Center near Greenville Mall

GREENVILLE, SC, July 10, 2013 - Greenville-based Realtylink LLC is redeveloping a shopping center across from Haywood Mall, with T.J. Maxx, DSW and a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft store slated to open there this year. JoAnn is opening later this month at the Crosspointe Plaza on Woods Crossing Road. T.J. Maxx, which is relocating from a smaller nearby store, and DSW shoe store both plan to open Oct. 1. The plaza was previously anchored by Toys R Us and Circuit City.

Guardian Centers of Georgia Begin Events

PERRY, GA, December 2012 - Guardian Centers of Georgia, the first responders training facility, held its first events this week. This company took over the old Northrup building in Perry just a year ago. The U.S. Marine unit called CBIRF, the chemical, biological instant response force, along with Georgia Search and Rescue used the different simulations for training for the last few days. The multi-million dollar facility began construction earlier this year. Guardian Centers is not at a full-capacity yet, but they say when they are they plan to have a 100 full-time employees.

Guardian Centers of Georgia Shares Plans For Business

PERRY, GA, December 2011 - Guardian Center of Georgia presented the public with their plans to create a first responders training center at the former Northrop Grumman facility off Thompson Road in Perry. The C.E.O., Geoff Burkart was at the Perry City Council Meeting on Tuesday night, where he presented diagrams of their different plans for the facility. He talked about how they will recreate cities on site and simulate a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

Georgia to build privately funded first responder training center

PERRY, GA, November 2011 - A local firm in Georgia is set to build a privately funded training facility for first responders that would bring more than 100 jobs to Perry; the sophisticated training center, built by Guardian Centers of Georgia, would help prepare first responders for natural disasters and terrorist attacks. All of the funding for the project comes from private investors.

Construction Under Way At Guardian Centers of Georgia

PERRY, GA, April 2012 - Construction is underway at the old Northrop facility off Thompson Road in Perry. The new owners Guardian Centers of Georgia have been busy building a first responder training facility at the site. When Guardian Centers of Georgia is fully operational, it will have a 75 acre city that was modeled on the city grid of downtown Seattle, a highway that lead into the city, a flooded neighborhood that's modeled after the New Orleans' 9th Ward, and even a subway system 1800 feet long.

Man Behind Guardian Centers took an unlikely path

PERRY, GA, April 2012 - All across a vast plot of red clay in Perry, Geoff Burkart’s audacious vision is rapidly becoming a reality. Less than three months after construction started, the mock city that will serve as a training center for emergency personnel is already taking form. Burkart, the founder and chief executive officer of Guardian Centers of Georgia, says there isn’t another facility to match it anywhere in the world. Up to 7,000 people at a time could be training there. It will include a floodable replica of New Orleans’ 9th Ward, two city blocks of demolished buildings with moving parts, and a mock up of a subway with real subway cars.