Crabby Patty's opens again after fire

Carolina Pines closed its fairways and Goody’s closed its doors in 2016 in Havelock. Meanwhile, Crabby Patty’s restaurant got back to business after a fire burned its East Main Street location.

Carolina Pines closes

Carolina Pines Golf and Country Club closed in late February after 51 years of operation in the subdivision of Carolina Pines just west of Havelock.

The closure was a disappointment to the members of the club, though dwindling membership had been noted in recent years.

The 109-acre site has been the subject of interest by a group of local golfers who have been trying to build interest in purchasing it from its owner, Carolina Pines Golf and Club, of Clarence Center, N.Y., but as of the end of the year, the course and its associated club and restaurant remain closed.

The value of the property had been listed as $1.13 million.

Goody’s closes

After just three years of business in Havelock, the Goody’s department store in Havelock closed.

The store opened on April 18, 2013, in the old Gregg’s Furniture space at 349 West Main St. The 12,000 square-foot store featured men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories. According to Stage Stores, operator of Goody’s, 90 Goody’s stores across the country are to be closed over a three-year period.

Crabby Patty’s fire

A late night fire caused major damage to Crabby Patty’s Restaurant and Oyster Shack at 916 East Main St. on Sept. 1.

The fire consumed the second story of the older section of the building. Smoke and water damage was throughout the structure. Fire investigators determined that the cause was electrical.

Owners George and Patty Aswad, who were celebrating their 10th year in business in 2016, opted to stay in Havelock and open the restaurant in the old Pizza Hut building at 411 West Main St.

Lidl grocery store

Construction began in November on a new Lidl grocery store in Havelock.

The business is part of a major initiative by the German-based grocer to open stores in North America. The 30,000 square-foot building is located across from Walmart on U.S. 70.

According to an official with WIMCO, the general contractor constructing the building, work will be completed by March or April. The store expects to hire between 30 and 35 employees when it opens. Lidl has 10,000 stores in 26 countries.

Chamber changes

After nearly eight years as executive director of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, Stephanie Duncan announced her resignation in April after her husband took a new job in Florida.

Duncan spent her time “selling Havelock” to people from Raleigh to Washington, D.C., believing that spreading the virtues of the city would help its businesses.

Bruce Fortin was hired to replace Duncan, saying he planned to piggyback on Duncan’s successes while exploring new avenues through social media in an effort to promote city business.