Two Japanese automakers are considering the Carolinas to invest $1.6 billion for a major assembly plant.
Toyota and Mazda are considering nine other states along with North and South Carolina. The investment would bring over 4,000 jobs that would produce 300,000 vehicles per year. The plant would begin operation in 2021 and make crossover vehicles and Toyota Corollas for the U.S.
North Carolina has been preparing for a massive automaker to plant roots here. In 2014, then-Gov. Pat McCrory backed recruiting sections of land for mega-assembly plants in areas like Randolph County around Siler City and Liberty. Other potential sites include Wake County and the surrounding areas given its access to a major airport.
The joint venture is a move by Toyota and Mazda to continue to make gains for market share. The agreement states that the move was in part to keep up with demand and bring a competitive edge to the North American market.
Topgolf announced Monday it is looking to fill 500 new positions to accommodate the new Charlotte location, according to the Topgolf website. The 65,000-square foot complex at 8024 Savoy Corporate Drive is set to open in June. The initial announcement last year said the company expects to host almost half a million visitors in the location’s first year.
Morgan Wallace, a spokesperson for Topgolf, said a little over 100 of the new jobs are full time.
The various positions range from servers and bartenders to event sales consultants. Applicants will go through a group application process with team-building exercises and 90-second performances, according to the website.
The new facility is the first of its kind to move into the Carolinas. It will allow tiers of players to enjoy different golfing games and challenges. The Topgolf website also added that more than half of their visitors consider themselves non-golfers.
An old restaurant with a new look is coming to Greenville, South Carolina. Construction is already underway for a redesigned Bojangles, with updates inside and out.
The exterior is completely different from the old restaurant styles – it features steel canopies, tile and a huge sign that reads “Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits.”
The interior will have a window where customers can watch biscuits be made every 20 minutes. The restaurant also will offer free wifi and phone-charging stations, according to a press release.
A true “biscuit theatre” experience.
“This new design concept represents our commitment to operational excellence and enhancing the consumer experience at our restaurants,” said Randy Icard, Bojangles’ vice president of construction and development.
He added that this move will bring in new patrons without losing loyal fans.
Bojangles plans to expand this new idea beyond the company’s hometown as well.
Icard said three existing locations in Charlotte are slated to be remodeled: Billy Graham Parkway near the airport; South Tryon Street near Arrowood Road; and Steele Creek Road near I-485 in southwest Charlotte.
The first location is slated to open by early 2017.