Local & State
Food trucks coming to the beach
Grand Strand vacationers this year will find new, mobile places to eat.
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Beginning Wednesday, permits are being issued for the first food trucks to operate in unincorporated areas of Horry County, local media report. Once county permits are issued, the trucks will have to get approval from the Department of Health and Environmental Control.
A county council committee spent nearly a year studying the idea amid concern the food trucks would hurt business at established restaurants. This spring the council agreed to allow the trucks as long as they don’t operate near other restaurants.
Online clothing store expanding
An online clothing and monogramming business in Greer is expanding, adding 69 jobs.
Marleylilly, which started in 2010, plans to spend $10 million for the expansion, The Greenville News reports. Hiring will begin in September and could stretch over five years.
Marleylilly sells boutique clothing, gifts and accessories and offers personalization and monograms on most products. The items are sold exclusively online. Owners Chad and Kelly Owens expect to open the new building next year.
Nation & World
Denim, khakis at Walmart stores
Wal-Mart is hoping denim pants will raise the spirits of its more than 1.2 million U.S. store workers.
Starting July 1, workers at the nation’s largest private employer will now be able to wear khaki or black denim, in addition to the slacks of the same color allowed before. Workers in more rigorous jobs like unloading merchandise or the garden area will be able to wear T-shirts and blue jeans.
It’s among several changes Wal-Mart’s U.S. division is making in response to complaints from workers about their jobs, from big issues like the lack of flexibility in scheduling and pay to smaller gripes like the music piped into its stores.
▪ The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace in most regions of the country in April and May, helped by gains in consumer spending on autos and other products.
▪ U.S. companies stepped up hiring in May, evidence that employers remain confident in the economy even after it contracted at the start of the year.
From Wire Reports.