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FEATURE - Roush’s Delivery Service Breaks Ground on New Warehouse Flex Space

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 18, 2019 - Savannah-based commercial construction firm, the Dewitt Tilton Group recently held groundbreaking ceremonies in Garden City for a 30,000-square-foot warehouse/office building for Roush’s Delivery Service.

The groundbreaking took place at the construction site, Lot 6 West Chatham Business Park in Garden City.

Roush’s Delivery Service, founded in 1973, provides expedited less-than-truckload (LTL) and logistics services. Mike Roush is president of the family-owned firm, and Mike Roush Jr. is its general manager. The company experienced a 400% growth over the past four years, thus demanding physical expansion.

“We have to adapt as our clients’ needs change,” said Mike Roush. “Most of our customers now need project-based work, and our new site will equip us to meet those needs in the most effective manner. Yes, we have grown tremendously, but the reason for this expansion is also to better serve our clients.”

The pre-engineered metal building will include 3,500 square feet of heated and cooled office space. The building is dock-high all the way around, and the office portion will be configured as two stories. Translucent light panels along the front and rear will allow natural light into the warehouse. 12 overhead garage doors that vary in size with edge or pit levelers will accommodate most any truck and its load. There is also a concrete ramp into the building from parking level as another means of access for receiving or delivering goods.

“Mike and I were buddies in grade school and high school,” Chris Tilton, one of the principals at Dewitt Tilton, said of the younger Roush. “Who would have thought, back when we were at Benedictine, that we would one day be working together on a $2 million construction project? We appreciate all of our clients, but it is really fun to work with old friends.”

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April 16 - Sulfur Studios' ON::VIEW Artist-In-Residency Now Accepting Proposals

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 16, 2019 - Sulfur Studios is now accepting proposals for the summer and early fall of 2019 for the ON::VIEW Artist Residency. Proposals are due by May 24, 2019.

The ON::VIEW Artist Residency was established to bolster their ongoing mission to provide a vibrant and supportive home for Savannah's creative community. The residency provides free, high-visibility studio space to artists to complete a 4-week, site-specific project that engages the community. Residents are encouraged to meet the public and share their practice during special events and studio visits, and to utilize the large windows facing Bull Street to incite the curiosity of people as they pass by at any time of day or night.

New this session, one resident will be selected to receive a $500 stipend to be used for travel, lodging and/or materials. This stipend is made possible through the support of Meow Wolf, an arts and entertainment group based in Sante Fe, New Mexico. 

For more information, including the full application, visit http://sulfurstudios.org/onview-residency-app/.

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April 10 - Amazon Expands Grocery Delivery from Whole Foods Market in Savannah

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 10, 2019 - This week Amazon and Whole Foods Market launched delivery of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now in Asheville, Charlottesville, Columbia, Lexington, Little Rock, Manchester, Mobile, Naples and Savannah. Prime members in those cities can shop through Prime Now for thousands of bestselling items including fresh produce, high-quality meat and seafood, everyday staples and other locally sourced items from Whole Foods Market and enjoy delivery in as little as an hour. The service is now available in 75 U.S. metros and will continue to expand throughout 2019. 

Today also marks another expansion of grocery pickup from Whole Foods Market to Columbus, Ohio. Grocery pickup from Whole Foods Market is available in 30 U.S. metros, with plans for continued expansion this year. To enjoy grocery pickup, Prime members place their order via the Prime Now app and choose the pickup option at checkout. Customers can choose free pickup in as little as an hour on orders of $35, or in 30 minutes for $4.99. After arriving at the Whole Foods Market store, customers park in a designated pickup spot and a Prime Now shopper will place groceries into their car within minutes. For customers who tell us they are on their way to the store in the Prime Now app, groceries will be ready as they arrive. 

“Prime Now delivery and pickup continues to be a hit with our customers and we’re excited to introduce the service to even more Prime members across the country,” said Christina Minardi, Whole Foods Market Executive Vice President of Operations. “It’s just another way we’re making it even easier for more customers to enjoy Whole Foods Market’s healthy and organic food.” 

Prime members can shop thousands of items across fresh and organic produce, bakery, dairy, meat and seafood, floral and everyday staples from Whole Foods Market available for delivery. Select alcohol is also available for delivery to customers in Asheville and Naples.

Pickup and delivery from Whole Foods Market is available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. To learn more about grocery delivery from Prime Now, visit www.primenow.com. Customers can also find out if delivery is available in their area by saying, “Alexa, shop Whole Foods.”

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April 11 - Sunshine Fitness Acquires 13 Additional Planet Fitness Clubs Across the Southeast US

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 11, 2019 - Sunshine Fitness Growth Holdings, LLC, a leading owner and operator of Planet Fitness clubs in the Southeast United States backed by TSG Consumer Partners, recently announced its acquisition of 13 additional Planet Fitness clubs in South Carolina and Georgia from Anchor Fitness LLC. With this acquisition, Sunshine Fitness now operates 80 clubs across Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia.

“We are thrilled to welcome these exceptional new club members and employees into the Sunshine Fitness family,” said Shane McGuiness, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Sunshine Fitness. “As we continue to grow, we are excited to provide an affordable and non-intimidating fitness experience to even more members, and even greater growth opportunities for our employees.”

The addition of these 13 new clubs represents Sunshine Fitness’ third acquisition in the last 12 months. During this time, Sunshine Fitness has been one of the fastest growing Planet Fitness franchisees in the U.S. through the development of its strong club base in the Southeast and is well positioned to accelerate future new club growth.

For more information, or to join online, please visit www.PlanetFitness.com or follow on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PlanetFitness) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/PlanetFitness).

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April 3 - Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah Presents Over $7,500 to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 3, 2019 - Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah presented $7,896.48 to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire to support their mission to provide a restful, comfortable place for children and their families to find refuge and support as they receive medical treatment at nearby hospitals.

The funds were raised during the organization’s inaugural Royal Flush Casino Night attended by more than 200 people on Feb. 28 at the Savannah Station.

“The stress of having a child in the hospital combined with the expense of daily living while trying to be close and emotionally strong for their child can be overwhelming," said Roto-Rooter owner Sherry Daniel. "I’m so thankful and proud of our community who came out to support this event, ‘the house really did win’.”

Bill Sorochak, executive director of Ronald McDonald House, praised the contribution.

“This is not only a wonderful gift from Roto-Rooter, but it is a tremendous contribution to the community,” Sorochak said. “Every donation helps ensure we can stretch the dollars that support our 13-bedroom house in Savannah to better serve the families who depend on us.” “We are grateful to know that this annual event will continue to support the children, families and mission of the Ronald McDonald House of Savannah for years to come.”

The goal of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The house operates on a waiting list most of the year. For more information, visit http://www.rmhccoastalempire.org/about-our-house.html

For more information, visit https://www.rotosavannah.com

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