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The allure of NoDa (access required)

Two years before he was to celebrate his 20th anniversary with Sherwin Williams and retire from the company, Ron Tvarock was laid off unexpectedly in December 2009. He was living in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. But after suddenly finding himself jobless, ...

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Some Charlotte industries ready for expansion (access required)

Celgard, a Charlotte company that manufactures components for lithium batteries, will open a new 150,000-square-foot plant in Concord next year and add more than 200 jobs. Such announcements are welcome news in the Charlotte area after the past few years ...

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Is Wal-Mart Independence Boulevard’s salvation? (access required)

Surrounded by vacant and decrepit-looking shopping centers, hotels, restaurants and car lots, Independence Park is one of the last places still showing signs of life along a blighted stretch of highway just minutes from uptown. But Alec Polites said the ...

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