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Bank of America employees got some good news this week. For a third year, the bank is handing out an extra bonus – and it isn’t chump change. That means there’ll be more cash floating around Charlotte this holiday season. 

Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center Main Complex, Charlotte.
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Atrium Health has announced big expansion plans on about 70 acres at its main campus in Dilworth. The plans call for a medical school and office space. The hospital system also wants to build a hotel.

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The CEO of American Airlines, Doug Parker, is facing mounting pressure. Charlotte’s dominant carrier has a heap of problems, including a falling stock price, labor union tensions, and unhappy customers and employees. There’s been some chatter that Parker may be not be keeping his job.

New CEO At Wells Fargo

Sep 27, 2019
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Wells Fargo has named a new CEO and president. The bank today said Charles Scharf will take over both positions next month. He’s currently employed as head of the Bank of New York Mellon, and is the former CEO of Visa Incorporated. 

Dortmund (yellow) faced Liverpool in the International Champions Cup at Bank of America Stadium Sunday.
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It appears Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper is asking the city for a big sum to upgrade Bank of America stadium - up to about $200 million. However, this money isn’t for football, it would be for soccer. 

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This week Charlotte had another big jobs announcement. Online mortgage company Better.com announced it is expanding in Charlotte, going from about 20 people to 1,000 in five years. It follows substantial job announcements for the city by Lowe’s, Avid Xchange and Truist.

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Charlotte is now less than a year away from hosting the Republican National Convention – and the planning has begun. Not just by city officials and convention organizers, but people hoping to rent out their homes for big money during that time.

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There’s a trend around Charlotte of finding new uses for old buildings. Think textile mills converted to loft apartments. It appears some of that is now moving to Ballantyne.

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New accusations have surfaced against a financial adviser well-known for his appearances on Charlotte TV stations. Jim Heafner closed his firm earlier this year amid allegations he gave shoddy advice and invested clients’ money with a Florida company under scrutiny from regulators.

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There’s a new product on the shelves at some Harris Teeter stores in Charlotte:  cannabis.  Some locations last week began offering a small selection of CBD lotions and oils made from hemp. For more on this and other business news "Morning Edition" host Marshall Terry is joined by Tony Mecia of the Charlotte Ledger Business newsletter for our segment Biz Worthy.

Homes costing $400,000 are seen under construction earlier this year in Huntersville.
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Home prices in Mecklenburg County last month saw their biggest jump in at least a year. The median sales price in July was $350,000, according to the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association. That’s up more than 10% from the same month last year.

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Charlotte leaders are pushing to create and preserve more affordable housing to make up for a shortage of what city officials say is at least 24,000 units. And as developers approach City Council for rezonings, lately they’ve been including more of this type of housing. 

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Something new is in the works for Ballantyne: affordable housing. Developer Northwood Office says it plans to make that part of a massive project it’s planning near the Ballantyne Hotel.

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Around 175 affordable housing units are being planned for Charlotte’s Ballantyne neighborhood.

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Another month brings another big tech announcement for Charlotte. Financial software company AvidXchange says it’s planning to build a second headquarters at the Music Factory just outside uptown and increase its workforce by 1,200.

Bank of America reported a profit of $7.3 billion for the quarter that ended June 30. That was even with the first quarter but up 8% from a year ago, mainly on higher profits in its consumer bank.

Lowe's will take 15 of the 23 stories in the new Design Center Tower, which will break ground in August on Worthington Avenue in Charlotte's South End.
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Lowe’s has chosen Charlotte for its tech hub. Of course, that announcement was made last month, but the logistics of building that 23-story tower in South End and bringing on 1,600 IT workers will be a story for the next few years. This week we have a better idea of the incentives package the company will receive.

Former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca Has Died At Age 94

Jul 2, 2019
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DETROIT — Lee Iacocca, the auto executive and master pitchman who put the Mustang in Ford's lineup in the 1960s and became a corporate folk hero when he resurrected Chrysler 20 years later, has died in Bel Air, California. He was 94.

Lowe's will take 15 of the 23 stories in the new Design Center Tower, which will break ground in August on Worthington Avenue in Charlotte's South End.
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Lowe's has picked a site in Charlotte's South End for a new $153 million global technology center that eventually is expected to have up to 2,000 employees. 

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CBD oil sales are booming right now, but there's a threat looming for the small mom and pop CBD oil stores in Charlotte. Big retail chains are now looking to get in on the business. That's according to reporting by Tony Mecia of the Charlotte Ledger business newsletter. He joins WFAE's Morning Edition host Marshall Terry for our new segment BizWorthy.

LendingTree will to a new project under development on South Tryon Street in Charlotte's South End.
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The online loan marketplace LendingTree plans to move its headquarters next year from Ballantyne in south Charlotte to the South End. About 500 employees will relocate to a new building being developed by The Spectrum Companies, at South Tryon Street and Carson Boulevard.

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Bank of America

Bank of America is raising its starting pay to $20 an hour over a two-year period, starting with a hike next month.

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Wells Fargo is selling its Charlotte-based retirement and trust business for $1.2 billion to Principal Financial Group.  

Redevelopment isn't just pushing up housing prices in Charlotte's North End, it's also affecting small businesses that rent space in the corridor.

City North Business Center on North Tryon Street is less than a mile from uptown, in an area of old warehouses and factory buildings. Last fall, it sold for $8.8 million to a Texas developer, who plans to bring new services to the neighborhood, including a brewery, shops and offices for creative businesses.

Dollar Tree Inc. is closing up to 390 Family Dollar stores this year and rebranding about 200 others under the Dollar Tree name.

The company also slashed the value of its struggling Family Dollar chain, booking a $2.73 billion charge in its fiscal fourth quarter. That led to a massive loss in the latest fiscal fourth quarter.

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Charlotte Regional Business Alliance

The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance has named its first CEO.  Janet LaBar comes to Charlotte from Portland, Oregon, where she leads that area's regional business recruiting organization.  

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Lowe's swung to a loss in its fourth quarter, weighed down by sizeable one-time charges and a lethargic housing market.

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Bank of America is simplifying branding for its wealth management and private banking operations by retiring two brands it inherited in the late 2000s: Merrill Lynch and US Trust. But it's keeping the Merrill Lynch bull. 

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Charlotte's reputation as a major banking center is getting a big boost. Southeastern regional banks BB&T of Winston-Salem and SunTrust of Atlanta are merging to create the nation's sixth largest bank. The combined company will have a new name, yet to be announced. And it will be headquartered in Charlotte.

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Wells Fargo has agreed to a $575 million settlement with 50 states in a lawsuit alleging unfair and deceptive trade practices.

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