SC business notebook

January 17, 2013 

New Fresh Market in Aiken expected to bring 90 jobs

A new Fresh Market in Aiken will bring up to 90 jobs to the area, the grocery chain said. The store will hold a career open house 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Woodside Plantation Country Club, 1,000 Woodside Plantation Drive, Aiken. Potential employees are encouraged to apply online before the open house at careers.thefreshmarket.com, keyword 136. The Aiken Workforce Center at 1571 Richland Ave. East is offering resume assistance.

Spirit Airlines adding nonstop daily flights from Myrtle Beach

The largest airline serving Myrtle Beach is adding flights and will start using bigger planes to serve the resort that is the heart of South Carolina’s $15 billion tourism industry. Spirit Airlines said Tuesday it plans nonstop, daily flights to Philadelphia and Baltimore-Washington International Airport starting April 25. Tourism officials say the flights will give visitors and residents more travel options. Spirit carries about half the passengers coming through the Myrtle Beach airport. The airline also plans to start using bigger planes to serve Myrtle Beach. Local officials say that could turn around declining passenger numbers at the airport. Those numbers were down 16 percent last year.

Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley paying $557 million foreclosure settlement

Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley will pay a combined $557 million to settle federal complaints that they wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners who should have been allowed to stay in their homes. The agreements announced Wednesday with the Federal Reserve were similar to deals struck earlier this month with 10 other major banks and mortgage lenders. Combined, the 12 firms will pay more than $9 billion. The settlements could compensate hundreds of thousands of Americans whose homes were seized because of abuses such as “robo-signing,” when banks automatically signed off on foreclosures without properly reviewing documents. The agreement will also help eliminate huge potential liabilities for the banks.

The Aiken Standard, The Associated Press contributed.

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