It’s not necessarily a boom, but there’s a good spread of new businesses popping up across the area.


It’s not necessarily a boom, but there’s a good spread of new businesses popping up across the area.



Baked Pizza Company is new to the Sneads Ferry business community and signs along N.C. 172 near the intersection of N.C. 210 indicate the possibility of two more businesses in that area: a Denny’s and a hotel.



Eric Foxworth, who serves as general manager of the Denny’s that opened in February in Jacksonville, said they are still in the planning stage but the project is for a Mainstay Suites hotel and another Denny’s.



The 24-hour diner and hotel are needs in the community, Foxworth said. With the military presence near the base’s back gate, there are friends and family who come to visit and now and have to travel to Jacksonville for a hotel.



“We saw a place that needs a little bit more to provide for the community,” he said.



Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce President Laurette Leagon said steady is good, particularly coming through a downturn in the economy.



“We are very fortunate that we are able to continue to grow our economy in Onslow County given the state of things across the country,” Leagon said.



In Jacksonville, Twin Peaks Sports Bar is the latest addition to the restaurant scene. It opened July 15 with more than 60 employees. The woodsy, mountain lodge atmosphere serves as a backdrop for sporting event gatherings and themed parties.



While construction has not started, a coming-soon sign advises plans for a Lowes Foods at the corner of Gum Branch Road and Western Boulevard.



The Pizza Hut delivery store on Village Drive soon will move to a new, larger location on Western Boulevard across from Coastal Carolina Community College, serving a larger delivery area.



In Richlands, Napoli’s Pizzeria, on Sylvester Street beside the post office, opened in March and is gaining a following of customers. Also along Sylvester Street is the new Fuzzy Peach Yogurt and Ice Cream Parlor. The business opened in July and offers zero-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors, and no-added-sugar and lactose-free options.



Town or county, the business activity is showing.



“Onslow County has experienced growth in commercial projects over the last two years,” said Onslow County Planning and Development Director Ben Warren. “Based on permitting numbers, commercial projects during Calendar Year 2013 have increased 25 percent over the same time period last year and 50 percent over the same time period in 2011.”