Tony Mecia

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Mecklenburg County's "stay at home" order goes into effect Thursday morning. That means more businesses will be feeling the pain. Under the order, only businesses that provide what are considered "essential" services can still operate. That includes, among other things, doctor's offices, pharmacies, grocery stores and banks. It also allows restaurants to continue providing takeout and delivery.

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Charlotte, like many places, is beginning to feel the effects of coronavirus. Restaurants say they’re starting to notice more empty tables. Two large conventions planned for this spring have canceled. Charlotte’s largest airline carrier – American Airlines – announced it’s suspending some international flights through the summer and reducing seats on domestic flights next month as a cost saving measure.  And now there won't be any Hornets games after the NBA cancelled the rest of the season. 

For more on this and other business news, WFAE's Morning Edition host Marshall Terry is joined by Tony Mecia of the Charlotte Ledger Business Newsletter for our segment BizWorthy.

The Loop at SouthPark Mall
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Charlotte’s SouthPark Mall and the area around it will look very different in a few years.  There are plans to add a three-mile greenway encircling the mall and a park, along with more offices, apartments, and restaurants. Some of the development gets underway at the end of the month.  

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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.

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.

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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.

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Raleigh is known for having more tech jobs than Charlotte but that could soon change. Charlotte is on pace to surpass Raleigh-Durham and be dominant in the process. That's according to reporting in the Charlotte Ledger Business Newsletter. Tony Mecia, a former Charlotte Observer reporter, launched the newsletter in March and it's beating the rest of the media in a lot of business stories. So we invited Tony to join Morning Edition for a new segment to talk business news. He spoke to WFAE's Marshall Terry.