New Aiken Businesses Bring Jobs

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October, 17, 2005
More than a dozen new and expanding businesses are opening in Aiken in the coming months. And they’re bringing hundreds of jobs along with them. News 12 is on your side with how this is filling a big need.

It’s a practice run for O’Charley’s staff.

“O’Charley’s is a casual themed dining room,” said Manager Chad Coghlan.

Some VIP’s get to try out Aiken’s newest eatery a day early.

“I started out getting the chicken fingers for an appetizer and I’m getting a half pound burger. It’s good,” said James Freeman, O’Charley’s customer.

What’s also good, the 100 jobs O’Charley’s brought to Aiken. After a year with thousands of lay-offs, new jobs of all kinds are needed in Aiken County. 500 people filled out an application at O’Charley’s alone.

Right behind O’Charley’s is Aiken’s newest shopping center, The Shoppes at Whiskey. About a dozen stores are set to open in the coming months and are hiring. The Dollar Tree is hiring now.

The first store to open here: Household Rental and Sales. They hired three people to man the store.

“Aiken is growing and we wanted to be the first premiere rent-to-own store in the area,” said Paul Stevens, Household Rentals and Sales.

And in Aiken’s Business Park, a new sign is ready to go up. In the last few months, engineering company Parson’s added 50 jobs and they plan to add 50 more in the coming months. Vice President Rick Wilkinson says many of their workers come from a place used to lay-offs, the Savannah River Site.

“Many times those people coming from SRS have the right skills to fit our needs,” Wilkinson said.

Needs met and filled designing buildings, beds and burgers.

Parsons will also hire 450 construction workers to build some of their designs. O’Charley’s in Aiken opens Tuesday at eleven.