Business Brief: Chick-fil-A in Summerville temporarily closed for renovations | Business
Summerville’s Chick-fil-A has temporarily closed for a five-week renovation at its Main Street location, according to a report by The Post and Courier.
The popular fast food restaurant closed on April 16.
The renovations will re-prepare the restaurant’s interior for seated customers, The Post and Courier reported. Chick-fil-A’s indoor dining room has been closed to customers since the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent closures began in 2020. The restaurant has since expanded its drive-thrus to accommodate customers.
Other Chick-fil-A locations in the North Area include one on St. James Avenue in Goose Creek, as well as Northwoods Mall, University Boulevard, Dorchester Road, and Rivers Avenue locations in North Charleston.
South Carolina’s Workforce is Improving
The Ministry of Employment and Manpower announced that employment figures continue to move in positive directions.
The number of people participating in the labor force — that is, people who are employed or actively seeking work — is higher than it has ever been, at about 2,384,360.
The department announced that while the labor force participation rate remains at 57.2%, there are nearly 68,000 more people in the labor force than before the pandemic, and the labor force participation task force South Carolina’s workforce continues to examine the state’s challenges and opportunities to raise the rate.
The agency reports that the number of people employed is 2,303,592. That’s 54,239 more South Carolinians who were working than before the pandemic and the unemployment rate fell to 3.4% in March from the rate 3.5% in February.
“Our agency continues to do its part to provide connections between job seekers and employers,” SC Department of Jobs and Workforce Executive Director Dan Ellzey said in a statement. Press release. “Earlier this week, we announced the launch of the SC Works Veterans Portal which helps transition military personnel into civilian jobs. This is an important tool to help people with strong job skills and not techniques to find a job in South Carolina with one of the many employers looking for qualified candidates.
Knight Companies Promotions
Knight’s Companies, a Summerville-based concrete company, announced several promotions, including a new general manager.
Joe Thomas became general manager of Knight’s Precast, Tekna Corporation and Sovereign Steel. Thomas comes to this role with 32 years of experience in the precast concrete industry.
Previously, Thomas was the Regional Manager for Knight’s Precast and focused on plant operations. Now, in addition to plant operations, he will manage the estimating and engineering aspects of Knight’s Precast, Tekna Corporation and Sovereign Steel.
Joining Knight’s Precast in 1999, Thomas was first attracted to Knight’s because of its reputation as a growing family business. During his time with the company, he saw it triple in size. To maintain this growth and success, he believes constant communication is essential, according to a press release from Knight.
Knight’s Companies also announced that Jodi McCall has been hired as human resources manager.
Previously, McCall was head of human resources at Home Telecom. She comes to Knight’s with 25 years of human resources experience.
McCall will work with Knight’s Companies CEO Pete Knight and senior management to develop employee services, policies and programs aimed at creating a stronger sense of community at Knight’s. Currently managing a team of four human resources professionals, she will lead the implementation of programs aimed at improving the employee experience.
Knight’s Companies offers septic systems, ready-mixed concrete, precast concrete, prestressed concrete, steel rebar products, trucking and concrete pumping services to commercial and residential customers in South Carolina and in Georgia.