Cabarrus

Retail Notes

Three more stores are scheduled to open this fall at Concord Mills mall, including the state's first Tutti Frutti in October.

Tutti Frutti, a soft-serve frozen yogurt venue, will open at Entry 7 near NASCAR SpeedPark, offering dozens of flavors, including triple berry, passion fruit, cheesecake and piña colada, and such toppings as shaved coconut and granola.

Also in October, Best Buy Mobile will open a standalone store in Neighborhood 6 across from Finish Line.

HANESbrands is scheduled to open an apparel store in Neighborhood 3 in November. HANESbrands Inc. brands include L'eggs, Champion, Bali, Playtex, Outer Banks, Wonderbra and Barely There.

Details: 704-979-3000; www.concordmills.com.

Learn how Cabarrus County benefits from local and regional assets that support tourism at "Destination Cabarrus: Money in Our Pockets," 8:30-11:55 a.m. Sept. 14 at Great Wolf Lodge, 10175 Weddington Road,Concord.

A talk by Lynn Minges, the N.C. Commerce Department's assistant secretary for tourism, marketing and global branding, will open the event. A panel discussion afterward will include Beth Petty, the Charlotte Regional Partnership's director of film; Margo Metzger, director of the N.C. Grape Council; Tracy Aldridge, the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitor Bureau's senior vice president of sales; and Scott Cooper, Charlotte Motor Speedway's marketing and public relations director.

Several National Hot Rod Association drivers will discuss the Sept. 16-19 NHRA Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Cost is $40 for Cabarrus Regional Chamber members and $50 for others. Register at www.cabarruschamber.org.

Details: Deborah Carter, 704-260-8101, dcarter@cabarrus.biz.

The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomed 155 new members registered during a two-day "Chambermania!" telephone blitz by 117 volunteers.

If you are a new member and haven't been contacted, call Pam at 704-260-8104 or Cornelia at 704-260-8106.

A new company, Sustainable Energy Community Development Corp., recently joined the Project for innovation, Energy and Sustainability, a Davidson-based green-business incubator whose acronym is "PiES."

PiES provides office space and guidance from business counselors and academic advisers. The incubator launched in January and now has three member companies.

SEDC bundles new market tax credits with federal and state renewable energy tax credits to create new models for solar energy installations in rural and low-income areas.

The company's pilot project is in Plymouth in Washington County, where the poverty rate exceeds 37percent.

SEDC has two employees and plans to grow to up to 15 workers by late 2011, including sales/marketing and project managers.

The company's president and chief operating officer is former Matthews Mayor Shawn LeMond.

Details: www.pies-northcarolina.org.

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