Scuttlebiz: new bakery-café Panera Bread on the way to Grovetown - The Augusta Chronicle

A fast-casual cafe is on its way to a rapidly growing part of Columbia County.

Panera Bread plans to open its fourth restaurant with a subway theme on a day at the Lewiston Road Kroger shopping center near Grovetown. The bakery café takes construction bids for a 4,900 square meter restaurant on the Lewiston and Bluegrass Trail. That is the southwest corner of Bluegrass and Lewiston – right across the Dairy Queen in the northwest corner – to be precise.

Renderings for the 1.25 hectare development show. Panera will occupy 57 parking spaces next to an undeveloped plot of 1 hectare that also overlooks Lewiston Road. Given that nearly 20,000 cars drive through the property every day (and sometimes crawl), I would be shocked if the other channel is not under development by the time Panera bakes its first bread bowl.

Panera's other dining options are located in the Augusta Exchange shopping center in Augusta, the Mullins Crossing shopping center in Evans and Whiskey Road in Aiken.

SCH-WING!: A stone's throw from the future Panera becomes the second Wild Wing Café in the area. The owners of the Augusta Wild Wing on Washington Road, Tricie and Jan Scholer have purchased more than three hectares on Bluegrass just north of the Kroger shopping center and are working on all legal requirements.

If built, the wing-and-bear chain would occupy the 1.7-acre tract next to Dairy Queen.

MEANWHILE, IN THE CITY: The specialists in the field of smoked meats from North Augusta's Riverside Smoke Bar-B-Que go to the center. The food truck duo of Scott Gibbs and John Johnson are busy converting the former Sandwich City cafe on 302 10th St. to their first permanent location. Riverside Smoke hopes to be operational by mid-January or early February.

"We did a lot of the work ourselves," Gibbs said.

When the two are ready, the eatery with 75 seats has two service lines: a fast-casual section for the lunch hour / on-the-go public; and a more traditional seating area where diners can view the menu and enjoy a drink from the full-service bar. Part of the space will be reserved for a small stage designed for acoustic performance.

A brick-and-mortar restaurant is something that the couple has worked on for a long time.

"We started with barbecue competitions and we grew from there to vending at barbecue competitions and from there went up to doing off-the-street stuff in North Augusta," said Gibbs. "So this has been a kind of work in progress in the last few years."

Sandwich City, opened in 1972 on the corner of streets 10 and Ellis, closed in February.

Gibbs said the new company will not change the "secret sauce" of Riverside Smoke.

"We want it to be as close as possible to a barbecue with a small game and a competition style – as fresh as we can get it," he said. "That's what we know and that's what we do."

WENDY GETS A NEW OUTFIT: The Wendy & # 39; s restaurant on 3013 Peach Orchard Road is scheduled for renovation. It has been there since 1977. There is not much to say about it.

MEGA MILLIONS: I scratched through recent ownership records and found a whisper of $ 48.4 million: Augusta Resource Center on Aging Inc. to LCB Brandon Wilde LLC.

That is the sale of the 73-hectare Brandon Wilde pension community of the University Health Care System on the corner of the Washington and Owens roads to Life Care Services, an Iowa-based management company with senior citizens.

University, which developed the provision for permanent care in 2008, announced in June that it was negotiating the sale because it became increasingly difficult to run an independent community at the level of quality that the 400 residents expect and expect earning & # 39;

Des Moines-based LCS does not have such problems; it manages more than 140 pension properties in the United States, including five others in Georgia.

Universities affiliated with universities still have 40 undeveloped acres west of Brandon Wilde and 62 acres to the north, serving as the campus of the university in Evans.

HEY, WHAT IN US?: WalletHub & # 39; s recently released 2019 Best College & University Rankings report compares nearly 1,000 higher education institutions in the US

But not Augusta University or University of South Carolina Aiken.

None of the universities in the university area has created one of the lists of personal finance sites. Georgia Military College was nowhere to be found. However, Paine College has placed No. 106 on the university list of WalletHub.

In case you were wondering about the top 10 colleges and universities in Georgia – based on the 30 most important measures of WalletHub – here they are: 1) Georgia Institute of Technology; 2) Emory University; 3) University of Georgia; 4) Mercer University; 5) Piedmont College; 6) Berry College; 7) Spelman College; 8) Georgia College & State University; 9) Oglethorpe University; and 10) Covenant College.

Before you get furious about smaller institutions getting recognition for ours, let me quote the asterisk from WalletHub: "Note: some institutions are excluded from our sample because of data limitations. If you want your university to be included in the 2019 Ranking, please contact us via:: "

A RECORD PACE: List or no list, USC Aiken is growing.

The campus hit just 3,700 students, a registration report that includes all students – full-time, part-time, undergraduate, graduate and online.

The university offers more than 50 majors and four graduate degrees, with the most sought-after programs such as business administration, nursing and industrial process engineering.

This year USC Aiken launched a master in pedagogical leadership and bachelors in applied mathematics and applied computer science with concentrations in cyber security and applied gaming.

HEY BRO, HOW YOU MAKE ?: We all know that millennials like to talk. And text. And tweet. And Tumblr. But did you know that they talk about their salary information rather than others?

That is what a survey said. According to the personal finance website, a third of 18- to 37-year-olds would report their salaries to colleagues, compared with only 18 percent of baby boomers.

About half of millennials, 48 ​​percent, would tell their romantic partner; 58 percent would tell a friend; and 64 percent would tell a non-spouse or family member.

Bankrate says that about 24 percent of adults, regardless of their age, have reported their salaries to an employee, with men doing this more often than women (29 percent versus 20 percent).

Interestingly, almost 1 in 5 adults – 19 percent – did not tell their spouse or romantic co-occupant how much they earn. It seems to be a subject that emerges at a given moment.

THE DREAM LIFE: I do not have to find a new line of work. My & # 39; dream job & # 39; is apparently the one I already have.

At least, that is according to a study by MidAmerica Nazarene University.

The & # 39; America & # 39; s Dream Job & # 39; survey asked employees in 25 sectors what their dream industry would be, and 11 of them (including HR professionals, insurance employees and retail employees) chose the & # 39; entertainment industry & # 39 ;.

The rest, including accountants, engineers, educators, construction workers and broadcasters / journalists, said they were completely happy with the industry in which they are located.

You know people sometimes lie on surveys, right?

Here the dream job survey is interesting: a & # 39; dream salary & # 39; for men is $ 444,958 for men and $ 278,637 for women – a difference of about $ 166,321. Make that what you want.

Aside from the gender, respondents clearly want to work on Easy Street. Their dream jobs have paid 52 days each year (compared to the average over 15 days in America), 38 hours of work weeks (such as the Dutch!) And the ability to work "remotely" (ie at home, in jammies) 11 days a month .

In short, everyone wants the old job of Hugh Hefner.

But not so fast! When it comes to actually building a business (as Hef did), a majority of respondents said they would not do it if the company forced them to log in more than 60 hours a week. Jeez … with so many rainbows and unicorns in people's heads, it's a miracle that 25 percent of Americans say their current job is their & # 39; dream job & # 39; is.

Seriously, I love my job. But I'm not going to tell you my salary. How do I look, a millennial?

THE ONLY GAME IN THE CITY: It is season with open registration, even for those who do not receive health insurance sponsored by the employer.

Open registration for the 2019 exchange in Georgia, which operates under the Affordable Care Act, started on November 1 and runs until December 15.

If you happen to be one of those about 500,000 people who follow the exchange of Georgia, you see that you usually have a choice between & # 39; Insurance Company A & # 39; and & # 39; Insurance Company A. & # 39; That's right: only one option exists in 145 of the 159 districts of Georgia.

And in the Augusta subway, that "choice" is the Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia.

According to the consumer site, the price of the cheapest local exchange plan – BCBSHP Silver Pathway X HMO 6000 – will run $ 1,249 per month for a couple over 40 with a child in the provinces of Burke, Columbia and McDuffie. In Richmond County the plan costs $ 1.207.

Insurance is not my area of ​​expertise, so I can not explain why an unmarried 40-year-old in Richmond County can pay $ 464 per month for the plan of BCBSHP while an unmarried 40-year-old in the small Cook County (South Georgia )) must pay $ 740. Or why the same coverage can be enjoyed in the provinces of Burke, Columbia and McDuffie for $ 481.

This was not my idea, people.

The only advice I can give to the non-insured who does not want state exchange insurance is simple: do not buy it. Now that the tax sentence has been stripped of Obamacare, there is nothing to force you to follow the toothless (and terribly defective) mandate. Personally, I would not gamble because medical care is not free (and if so, you probably would not like it). But for each of him.

By the way, if you are really poor, you are probably already on Medicaid. If you only have a low-cost name, you may want to consider searching for an ACA-compatible & # 39; off-exchange & # 39; plan through your friendly independent insurance agent. He or she can sit down with you and help you find a plan that suits you best.

I am not saying that you will be satisfied with the quotation, but at least you have the satisfaction to freely exercise your options.

Take that, "The Man."

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