Allen Tate names Lake Wylie branch leader

July 1, 2013 

Allen Tate Co. has named Maggie Redmond as branch leader and broker-in-charge at the Lake Wylie office at 1000 Village Harbor Drive.

In her new role, Redmond will oversee branch operations, management and training of more than 35 Allen Tate agents and staff.

Redmond has eight years of real estate experience, working with Allen Tate as a Realtor in the company’s Ballantyne office and previously working as an onsite sales consultant for a new home community.

Redmond has a degree in business operations from N.C. State University. She is a member of the North Carolina Association of Realtors and the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association.

“Maggie’s personality, drive and experience make her a great fit to lead the company’s Lake Wylie office. We’re excited to welcome her in this new role,” said Pat Riley, Allen Tate Co. President and COO.

Redmond has lived in the Charlotte area since 2001.

Friends in Business posts meetings

The Lake Wylie Friends in Business will meet for a breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. July 10 at Cafe 49.

The July lunch meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. July 24 at All Saints Catholic Church.

This is a local business networking group. Visit for more information.

Protect our troops, send sunscreen

Local Mary Kay consultant Heather Catts is asking the community to help protect our troops through Operation Sunscreen.

Mary Kay has teamed up with Soldiers’ Angels, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to the troops, to supply soldiers with suncare products.

A suncare package – which includes broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen, lip protector broad spectrum SPF 15 and package of cleansing cloths – costs $40. Donations are tax deductible. To make a donation, call 704-231-5760 or email

Stacy’s files for bankruptcy

Stacy’s Garden Center of York, one of York County’s largest employers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in anticipation of selling the company.

Stacy’s Inc., which sells plants at retail outlets in 24 states, listed assets of $26.4 million and liabilities of $31.3 million in its filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in South Carolina. The filing did not list a buyer, but Tim Brindley, Stacy’s president, said June 21 talks with a potential buyer have been under way for several months.

A sale of the company could be announced in about 30 days, the time it typically takes a Chapter 11 case to be heard in court, Brindley said.

The new company will not have the Stacy’s name, he said. The company was founded by Louis O. Stacy in 1969. The company has nearly 800 employees during the peak growing season.

Stacy’s has $22.4 million in secured claims with most of it held by the Bank of the West, Temecula, Calif., according to the bankruptcy filing.

Assets listed in the bankruptcy filing were an inventory of $11.3 million; farm and office equipment, $4.1 million; and $10.1 million in money owed to Stacy’s.

Farmers market opening soon

Fort Mill’s new farmers market will open July 13 at 121 Monroe St.

The market will be managed by the Fort Mill Economic Council in cooperation with the town of Fort Mill and run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 26.

The market is for vendors selling agricultural products, produce and plants produced or grown themselves in South Carolina or North Carolina. Brokers will not be allowed. Each 10-by-10 space costs $10, and vendors provide their own tent.

Completed applications and the required documentation must be received two weeks before the vendor expects to sell.

Applications are available by calling 803-207-0851 or by emailing

Join Gaston network program

The Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Prospects Pipeline meets at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the chamber office, 601 W. Franklin Blvd.

Each participant has an allotted time to talk about their business and its value.

Register to attend online at

Photo camps begin Monday

Local artist and owner of KL Creative, Katherine Leonard, offers photography summer camps for children and teens at River Hills Marina.

Classes also include multi-media instruction and feature daily themed assignments. Students will take home a mini-portfolio of their finest work.

Classes are offered July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-Aug. 2, and Aug. 5-9.

Leonard also offers private lessons, custom workshops, corporate team building, as well as portrait photography at her River Hills Marina studio.

Call 704-460- 6948 for information.

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