Top Norcross Business News of 2012

The proposed gambling complex, the Greer building downtown and a new art gallery are just a few of the newsworthy business items that made it to the Norcross Patch list.

From small businesses to big businesses, Norcross is the home of a number of both. Here are some of the top company news in the Norcross area for 2012:

The Gambling Complex: In February, news broke about a developer proposing to build a $1 billion gambling complex at the OFS fiber optic site, located in the Norcross area near I-85. The complex would have video lottery terminals, which the Georgia Lottery Board would have to approve but has not done so yet. Developer Dan O'Leary recently told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that, after extending the land contract seven times, he no longer controls the proposed property at OFS.

Greer Building on South Peachtree: The Greer storefront on South Peachtree Street next to Dominick's was torn down and rebuilt this year after being deemed a hazard, not to mention an eyesore for sometime. Many businesses have shown interest in moving in.

Fedex Ground Opens in Norcross: The international business opened an automated distribution facility in the city of Norcross in November.

Gwinnett's New Chamber: In addition to the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce located in Duluth, the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce was officially established in September to focus on Berkeley Lake, Norcross and Peachtree Corners.

Bella Vita Gallery Moves in Downtown: The gallery, which officially unveiled in September, features artwork and also acts as the umbrella for Bella Vita, a photography company that specializes in environmental portraiture and mixed media.

The organic dog food bakery opened its Skin Alley storefront in January and closed in June, but it still remains an Internet marketing company, as it always was. Tim Suggs, who co-owned the bakery, also runs a video production company called the Atlanta Idea Studio, which he runs with Todd Pringle.

HOME Norcross Moves to Antique Traditions: The home goods store originally opened in a house on Holcomb Bridge Road near Bleu House Cafe last December, but it moved down the street into the Shops of Antique Traditions off South Peachtree Street halfway through the year.

Norcross' 45 South Cafe Buys Duluth's Chocolate Perks: In August, the owner of the Duluth coffee shop announced the sale of her cafe to 45 South owners Keith Shewbert and Jeannette Osowski.

See also:

  • Weirdest Norcross Crime Stories of 2012
  • Top Norcross Government Stories of 2012
  • Top Norcross Sports Stories of 2012

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