Economic leader reveals changes in wooing businesses to Washington County

These days, new business contacts usually begin anonymously with the Internet, according to Kassie Lewis, director of the Washington County Department of Business Development.

“They are looking at us before we have any idea — any idea at all — that they are looking,” Lewis said of business prospects seeking locations for new facilities.

When companies do make contact, “they usually come to us through a consultant. … Now everything is very confidential,” she said. […]

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Persiano Furniture Outlet born from ‘thirst for fine furniture’

Name of business: Persiano Furniture Outlet Owner: John Hashempour Address: 495 Premium Outlets Blvd. Opening date: June 1 Products and services: Top-brand furniture, chandeliers, art and handmade rugs. Also in the Premium Outlets are related stores the Persiano Rug Outlet, the lighting outlet, the art outlet and the mattress outlet. We provide a one-stop recourse for interior designers with same-day delivery, as well as cleaning and repair of rugs and chandeliers. We offer a 10-step, oriental-rug-cleaning process. Target market: Homebuyers, designers and families. We provide a wide range of products that will satisfy any class group and style, modern, contemporary […]

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Wal-Mart plans late-summer opening for new store on Md. 65, other investments

Wal-Mart reports that its new store on Md. 65 south of Interstate 70 is one of several investments the company is making in Maryland this year. The new Washington County store — the only one Wal-Mart will open in the state this year — will create more than 300 jobs, according to a news release from the company. “The new Wal-Mart Supercenter, located south of Hagerstown off of Arnett Drive, is expected to open late August to mid-September of this year. The exact date has not yet been finalized, and the time frame for this opening is always subject to […]

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News Briefs – May 28

Technical Innovation Center at HCC The Technical Innovation Center at Hagerstown Community College will host the Spring Entrepreneur Extravaganza 2017 on Thursday, June 8, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, on the HCC campus. Attendees will hear from Herbert Jordan, deputy secretary of the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs; Robert Moreno of the Baltimore Business Center, an expert on U.S. trade and export; and Rick Rando, a national public speaker and owner of one of the largest open-space martial arts studios in the country. The program will include tips for growing and expanding a business and a discussion on the sales […]

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Former Macy’s space sold at Valley Mall

The former Macy’s Department Store space at the Valley Mall in Halfway has been sold for $2.5 million, according to Washington County deed transfer records. According to a warranty deed on file with Washington County Circuit Court online records, Macy’s Retail Holdings Inc. sold the property to PR Valley Anchor-M LP. The address for PR Valley is the same as PREIT Services LLC of Philadelphia, the mall owner. The deed was transferred April 6. Real estate records indicate the department store was built in 1999 on 9.58 acres. Julie Rohm, mall general manager, said PRIET intends to lease the space. […]

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African cuisine coming to Hagerstown

A new Hagerstown restaurant can trace its roots to a family venture in Texas and its influence to the cultures of Africa.

Dyllis Minang is planning to open Christopher’s on Friday at 204 E. Franklin St. It’s named for her brother, Christopher Bujung, who will be the chef. She said the restaurant will offer American and African cuisine, including items like plantains and pepper soup (with goat meat) and African takes on dishes like tilapia.

“We cook it whole, grilled with herbs,” she said of the fish. “That makes it really nice and flavorful.” […]

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News Briefs – May 21

Allegiant Air Hagerstown Regional Airport and Allegiant Air celebrated five years of the airline’s service at the airport north of Hagerstown on May 12. HGR and Allegiant Air staff commemorated the milestone with festivities for travelers flying from HGR to Orlando-Sanford International Airport. Giant/Martin’s CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets announced 2016 charitable donations totaling more than $25 million in cash and product contributions. In 2016, donations to regional food banks and local pantries totaled nearly $12 million. Of the total hunger- related donations, items such as frozen meat and bakery items were donated. With its […]

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Sandra L. Sullivan

W.Va. — The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg appointed Sandra L. Sullivan as the new associate director of patient-care services (nurse executive), effective Feb. 5.

Sullivan began her career with the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2012, as the associate chief nurse of geriatrics and long-term care at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center. […]

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Beth Henson

  Beth Henson of the Henson Nationwide Insurance Agency has earned the On Your Side Basic Farm Certification designation from Nationwide, the leading farm insurer in the United States. The designation is intended to help farmers and ranchers recognize agents who have made a commitment to understanding the complex risks faced by the agriculture industry. Agents must uphold education and service commitments to retain their certification.   […]

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