LAURINBURG — City and county officials, business leaders, as well as residents got a chance to see and taste what Carlie C’s IGA has to offer on during an open house this week.
The store officially opened for business at 7 a.m., Wednesday.
Those who attended Tuesday’s open house got to sample the store’s signature nine-layer chocolate cakes, Uncle Bob’s collard greens, freshly brewed tea as well as various homemade biscuits.
Carlie C’s is located in the old Harris Teeter in the Holly Square shopping center after it announced it would close on Sunday and reopen under the Carlie C’s banner this week.
“We’re all running on adrenaline right now so, it’s good, it’s fun, it’s exciting time to be here,” said Carlie “Mack” McLamb Jr., president of the privately owned Carlie C’s of the fast turn around. “The Harris Teeter folks were very helpful in making this easier for us. I applaud that crowd. They really did what they could to try to make it successful for us. So a lot of credit goes to them.”
McLamb said the brand is known for its meat department.
“We do a lot of unique things in our meat department,” he said. “I wouldn’t say we are a meat driven company but we do a lot of things other big companies don’t do.”
He added that he wants customers to think of Carlie C’s as being the most competitively priced grocery store in Laurinburg.
Brittany Stephens was one of the 50 or so people at open house. A former Harris Teeter employee, Stephens will work at Carlie C’s as a cashier. The store will employ about 60 people
“I love it,” she said, when asked if she was excited about the opening. “I think everyone needs to give it a try. I think it’s going to be good for our community. I think everybody will miss [Harris Teeter] but it’s a good store everyone should give it a chance,” she said.
Chris English, director of the Laurinburg-Scotland County Chamber of Commerce, said he business community welcomes the new store.
“For me one of the things that impressed me was the talk with the employees, before the event started. He [McLamb] loves what he does. He has a vision, a faith based vision for the corporate family he has created.”
English was also impressed by the prayer walk done as the event was winding down. Those still present joined hands and said prayers to bless the store.
English feels the store will be a blessing to the employees that stayed as well as the community.
“This is exactly what the community needed.”
Harris Teeter made the decision to shut the Laurinburg store “only after careful consideration,” The chain opened nine stores in 2015 and plans to open 11 more in 2016 in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.
Harris Teeter has been in business in the Laurinburg since February 1978.
Reach Maria D. Grandy at 910-506-3171.