Indian Trail's Bruster's Real Ice Cream has reopened to the relief of residents who had been driving to Monroe and Matthews for ice cream.
"When the Indian Trail store closed (in early December), we started seeing some of the Indian Trail customers come to Monroe," said Tom Zak, who owns the Indian Trail and Monroe Bruster's with his wife Lori. "It got us thinking that there's a hole in the community in Indian Trail."
They recently spruced up the Indian Trail store and announced on the marquee that it would reopen soon.
"Everybody was under the assumption it was just closed for the winter," Zak said. "In the spring, people were driving by and there was nobody here."
The Zaks moved several employees from the Monroe store to Indian Trail and also have hired several Union County teenagers.
For many teenagers, Bruster's will be their first job, and they learn everything from scooping ice cream to making the ice cream in the back of the store.
Customers have repeatedly said how happy they are that the store is open, Zak said. The store also will get involved by making donations to area elementary schools and other groups.
"We're a community ice cream store," he said.
The Indian Trail Bruster's is near the intersection of Old Monroe Road and Indian Trail Road.
A new Chick-fil-A opened this month in Indian Land as part of the chain's 2011 nationwide expansion.
In what has become a Chick-fil-A tradition, the first 100 adults in line when the new store opened received a free year's supply of Chick-fil-A. Some lined up a day before.
Barry McAllaster is the franchisee for the Indian Land store.
McAllaster is transferring from the Albemarle Road Chick-fil-A, which he has operated since 2004. His wife Jamie and their daughters, Sally and Abbie, help at the restaurant.
The new Chick-fil-A has a 4,596-square-foot interior and seats 138. It also has an indoor play area.