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Exploring the factors keying Lexington County’s economic development spree

Lexington County has made a lot of noise when it comes to economic development of late, with a trio of recent announcements boosting an already positive outlook. more

Office building going up on West Columbia’s Meeting Street

A new office building is set to add even more activity to West Columbia’s increasingly bustling Meeting Street corridor. more

Downtown Lexington boutique looks to fight human trafficking with fashion

Turns out it is possible to be fashionably conscious while supporting a cause.  more

Griffin Chophouse restaurants close, new restaurant taking its place in Lexington

A Lexington County restaurant group has closed all of its businesses. more

Wine warehouse move from Columbia to Lexington County approved by council

Lexington County Council Tuesday gave final approval to a measure that clears the way for a beverage company to build a huge warehouse on an 85-acre site in Saxe Gotha Industrial Park. more

Mattress Warehouse hub one of first two tenants at Columbia airport industrial park

Lexington County is set to add another distribution center that will bring over 100 jobs in 2024. more

As traffic ticks up, Columbia airport eyes security upgrades, completion of baggage system

It increasingly feels like the days are getting back to normal at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. more

Highlighting some of Lexington County’s Black-owned businesses

In celebration of Black History Month, the Chronicle reached out to the community to find out about the Black-owned businesses in Lexington County that are part of their lives. more

American adds nonstop Columbia-to-Chicago service, now has 7 direct flights from airport

American Airlines is set to add three nonstop destinations to its flight roster at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport this year. more

Riverbanks Zoo seeks funding to continue extensive upgrades

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has completed another portion of its Bridge to the Wild master plan to reshape its campus with the renovation of the Darnall W. and Susan F. Boyd Aquarium and Reptile Conservation Center, set to welcome back guests on March 2. more

7-bedroom Lake Murray mansion sells for $2.3M

A Columbia real estate firm announced the sale of what it says is one of the  most expensive properties to change hands on Lake Murray last year. more

Taco restaurant announced for Lexington’s Icehouse on Main building

Nearly a year after it broke ground, a new building on Lexington’s Main Street has its promised restaurant tenant.  more

A guide to Valentine’s Day in Lexington County

The Chronicle put together a guide to help residents figure out their Valentine’s strategy, offering ideas for restaurants and gifts along with some more outside-the-box suggestions.  more

57-acre mixed-use development coming to bustling area of Red Bank

While there aren’t any details yet about what exactly will be there, a newly announced land purchase in Red Bank makes way for a large mixed-use development in the area. more

From garage to retail: Irmo home store revamps used furniture

Beth Poore was simply repainting some of her own furniture in her garage and posting it online, then a friend suggested she have her own store. more

In 2022, Columbia airport welcomed more than 1 million passengers, first time since COVID

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport isn’t quite back to the 10-year passenger record it set in 2019, but 2022 was the first year that it welcomed more than 1 million passengers since the start of … more

They Believe in Irmo: Local coffee roaster looks back on first 10 years, place in community

10 years later, the Irmo roaster that started with a humble drive-through kiosk stands as one of the most recognizable coffee brands in the Midlands. more

Attorney buys Swansea barbecue restaurant, gives back to community

A partner in a prominent West Columbia law firm now owns a barbecue joint in his hometown. more

24 Hour Pickleball brings first facility to Lexington County

People in Lexington County will soon be able to play pickleball 24 hours a day. more

Former Lexington barbecue joint Roy's Grille open for business in Irmo

Closed in Lexington. Back open in Irmo. more

American Airlines resumes direct flights from Columbia to NYC

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport now has two airlines offering nonstop service to the country’s largest city. more

Midlands/Upstate Goodwill brings first boutique to Chapin

The increasingly bustling strip of Columbia Avenue in Chapin welcomed a new face with familiar ties Dec. 6.  more

Comic book store builds audience in Batesburg-Leesville

Luis Campos turned to a familiar epithet when it came time to name his shop. more

$60M project to bring luxury apartments, hopefully a grocery store to West Columbia

Another month, another big development announcement in West Columbia. more

West Columbia Mexican restaurant closes after nearly 30 years

La Fiesta has been serving West Columbia familiar Mexican favorites since 1993. more
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