Chase Bank opens in Greenville; GSP travel update; Main Street news; online shopping tips | Greenville Business

The largest bank in America opened its first branch in Greenville last week.

Chase Bank is undergoing a five-year, local-market expansion that last year brought the banking behemoth to Clemson. After that first branch opened, Chase followed with a second branch this summer in Mount Pleasant.

The Greenville branch, at 652 Haywood Road, is the bank’s third location in South Carolina, and it has plans to open another four by year’s end, according to a company spokeswoman who contacted The Post and Courier last week.



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Going into 2021, three of Chase’s seven South Carolina branches will be in Greenville. The other two branches will be at 1221 Woodruff Road, site of a former Applebee’s restaurant, and 2 State Park Road, site of a former Wendy’s restaurant in the Cherrydale shopping center.

The bank already has 600,000 customers in South Carolina through credit-card accounts, mortgages and other loans, investments and existing checking/savings accounts that newcomers to the state have carried in with them.

“What we found is we had so many people moving, it’s such a desirable place to live, we have Chase customers moving to Greenville every day from California, New York, Chicago and other places,” said Mark Lucas, the Carolinas market director for wealth management.

Lucas is based in Charlotte, N.C., and Alfonso Hernandez is moving here from New Jersey to be Chase’s South Carolina market director.

“I stumbled upon the waterfall in the center of town,” Hernandez said. “It’s a beautiful, beautiful city. And equally beautiful people.”



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Chase already has a business banking branch in downtown Greenville, open since 2015, and previously made a $4.1 million New Market Tax Credit investment in the Highland Baking Co. project in Spartanburg.

Nationwide, Chase serves 61 million households.

“The theory here for us is when we open these locations, with that comes a litany of resources for clients and employees,” Hernandez said.

The Columbus, Ohio-based Chase had consolidated assets of $2.9 billion as of Sept. 30, according to the Federal Reserve. Bank of America has $2 billion, and Wells Fargo has $1.7 billion. Chase also has the largest number of domestic branches, at nearly 5,000.

The bank is hiring, Hernandez said. Entry-level jobs will pay $15 an hour plus benefits.

Holiday air travel update

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Passenger air travel seems to have reached a plateau the past few months as erstwhile travelers wait for widespread vaccines and reduced restrictions. Even during a pandemic, though, the holiday season gets people moving.

“The week looks good when you compare it to last week,” said Greenville-Spartanburg International President and CEO Dave Edwards on Monday. “It’s all relative. We’re still probably running about 50 percent of normal traffic when we look at the loads that are projected for this Thanksgiving week.”



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Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport President and CEO Dave Edwards, center, and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Commission Chairperson Minor Shaw, left,

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A Sweet Garden Party Wedding in Chevy Chase, Maryland

When Caroline Worthy first popped up as a “suggested friend” on Kevin Dyer’s Facebook account, something clicked in his mind. Kevin kept thinking about “this Caroline girl.” After numerous failed attempts to get her number through mutual friends over the course of six months, he finally sent her an Instagram direct message.

“Little did I know that Caroline was going through a tough time with the passing of her grandmother,” Kevin says. “There is no doubt that her [grandmother’s] first order of business when she arrived in heaven was setting the two of us up.”

The rest, he says, is history. The couple was engaged the following summer and made plans for a summer 2020 wedding. The pandemic challenged plenty of the arrangements, but Caroline and Kevin ultimately said “I do” among 50 guests in a celebration that came together perfectly. 

“It is so easy to get caught up in having a party, but at the end of the day, it’s about the marriage and your family and friends,” Caroline says. 

With the assistance of Caroline Dutton Events, the couple created a July 4th-themed garden party that combined their faith—a religious ceremony at the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes at Georgetown Preparatory School—and traditional Independence Day details like American Flag cufflinks, Nashville hot chicken, and sparklers. They had plenty of nods to their lives too, with the reception at Chevy Chase Club, where Caroline grew up going, and their groomsmen sabering Champagne bottles as the Fourth of July fireworks lit up the sky. 

“In the end, I would have never wanted it any other way,” Caroline adds. “We truly got to enjoy every single detail we had picked.”

Read on for all the details of Caroline and Kevin’s summer garden party, planned by Caroline Dutton Events and photographed by Kate Headley.

Photo by Kate Headley
Photo by Kate Headley

Kevin’s grandmother is a well-known local artist, so Caroline and Kevin asked her to design a crest that would adorn their paper goods. 

Photo by Kate Headley

It is so easy to get caught up in having a party, but at the end of the day, it’s about the marriage and your family and friends.

Photo by Kate Headley

Kevin proposed on a Sunday after church, but it didn’t go as easily as planned: Caroline insisted the couple stop at the Dupont Circle farmers market for “dinner supplies” instead of going straight home like usual. With the ring in his pocket, Kevin wandered the stands with Caroline, anxiously, for two hours, before the couple returned home so he could pop the question. Turns out they didn’t need the produce from the market, since he had a surprise party planned with their families that night. 

Photo by Kate Headley
Photo by Kate Headley

Caroline’s Modern Trousseau gown featured a floral design that matched the garden party theme, one of the big reasons why she picked it. Pinned to the inside of her dress was a gold Miraculous Mary medal with a

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NASCAR at Phoenix results: Chase Elliott, 24, wins first championship in runaway fashion

Chase Elliott is a NASCAR champion at 24 years old.

He won Sunday’s Championship 4 race at Phoenix over Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin. Keselowski came in second place but was far off Elliott’s runaway pace over the final 30 laps, finishing 2.74 seconds behind the breakout 24-year-old prodigy of Hendrick Motorsports.

Elliott was tagged with an inspection penalty that sent him to the back to start the race, but it took him less than a stage to vault into the top 10. He couldn’t be caught from there.

Sporting News tracked live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR’s 2020 championship race at Phoenix. Follow below for complete results from the Season Finale 500.

Championship 4 finishing order

Pos. Driver
1 Chase Elliott
2 Brad Keselowski
3 Joey Logano
4 Denny Hamlin

NASCAR at Phoenix results, highlights from 2020 championship

6:03 p.m.: CHASE ELLIOTT IS THE 2020 NASCAR CHAMPION.

6:01 p.m.: Five laps remaining.

6:01 p.m.: Elliott’s lead is 3.4 seconds and growing.

6 p.m.: Johnson is in fifth place in his last race.

5:59 p.m.: Keselowski moves up to second.

5:58 p.m.: 12 to go. Elliott is cruising.

5:56 p.m.: Elliott leads by three seconds. It’s his race to lose.

5:54 p.m.: 20 laps remaining. Elliott is still up.

5:50 p.m.: 30 laps to go.

5:49 p.m.: Keselowski to third. He’s been swapping with Hamlin for a while.

5:47 p.m.: This is a cool father-son stat. Elliott is the reigning most popular driver.

5:44 p.m.: Elliott passes Logano! 40 laps to go.

5:42 p.m.: Logano takes the lead after pitting.

5:40 p.m.: Keselowski has another horrid pit stop. Lost at least three seconds.

5:38 p.m.: Logano is unhappy with how his car feels and will pit first.

5:37 p.m.: With 57 laps left, top cars are considering pitting.

5:29 p.m.: Logano is within one second of Elliott for the lead.

5:24 p.m.: Keselowski scoots past Hamlin for third.

5:18 p.m.: Kevin Harvick had something to prove this afternoon, but so far he hasn’t made his point. He’s in eighth place after his elimination last weekend.

5:17 p.m.: 100 laps to go. Elliott-Logano-Hamlin-Keselowski at the front.

5:09 p.m.: Keselowski hasn’t been helped by his crew today.

5:05 p.m.: Keselowski!

4:59 p.m.: Elliott

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5 Ways Chase Cards Can Save You Money on Holiday Shopping

Chase cards have several features that can save you big bucks over the holidays, from impressive bonuses to lengthy zero-interest offers.

If you want to keep your holiday spending under control, the right Chase credit card could be exactly what you need. Depending on which card you use, you could get rewards on all your purchases, ample time to pay off your holiday expenses interest-free, and bonuses worth hundreds of dollars.

All you need to do is figure out which offers will be the most valuable for you. To help with that, we’ll go over all the best Chase card offers that can save you money on your holiday shopping.

1. $200 back on your first $500 in purchases

Two Chase cards, the Chase Freedom Flex℠ and the Chase Freedom Unlimited®, offer sign-up bonuses of $200 after you spend $500 on purchases within three months. That’s like getting 40% cash back on the first $500 that you spend.

Not only is this bonus extremely easy to get, it’s also valuable. If you spend $500 or more on holiday gifts, your Chase bonus will save you $200. Even if you don’t spend that much on gifts, you can use your card for other expenses to hit that spending minimum.

2. No interest for 15 months

If you’re a bit short on cash and you want to pay off your holiday shopping over several months, a credit card with a 0% intro APR on purchases is a smart choice. With this type of card, you’re not charged interest on your balance during the intro period.

The two Chase cards mentioned above (the Chase Freedom Flex℠ and the Chase Freedom Unlimited®) also offer 0% intro APRs on purchases for the first 15 months. In addition to scoring a $200 bonus, you could avoid any interest charges if you get your balance paid off within 15 months.

Now, it’s typically a better approach to only make purchases you can pay off in full. But if you’re going to finance any holiday spending, you should use a card with a zero-interest offer.

3. 5% back at Walmart

A special feature of the Chase Freedom Flex℠ and the now-discontinued Chase Freedom® credit card is their rotating bonus categories. If you have either card, you’ll earn 5% back on up to $1,500 of purchases in those rotating bonus categories every quarter that you activate.

From October through December of this year, the bonus categories are Walmart and PayPal purchases.

Walmart, in particular, is an excellent bonus category for the holiday season. You’ll get 5% back on all your gift shopping, both in stores and online. If you spent $1,000 on gifts at Walmart, you’d earn $50 back.

4. 5% back at Amazon and a $100 gift card

Chase’s Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card is perfect for those who plan to shop for holiday gifts at Amazon.

As soon as you’re approved, a $100 Amazon gift card will be loaded to your account. Your first $100 in

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Patriots-Broncos anti-analysis (Take 2): More Chase Winovich conspiracy theories; Mohamed Sanu’s clothing line, Bean Talk

If you’re reading this, the New England Patriots’ game against the Denver Broncos hasn’t been postponed — yet. But you never know. We’ve still got a few hours. At this point, nothing is for certain until we get to the National Anthem and coin toss.

There was plenty of weird stuff to cover in last week’s anti-analysis before the game’s second postponement — especially Chase Winovich’s takes on aliens and Canadian ice dragons. However, the week went on without a game, and there was still plenty of non-football to talk about — including Chase Winovich’s takes on Mothman and the one conspiracy theory even he wasn’t willing to talk about.

Patriots-Broncos anti-analysis (Take 2)

I’m not here to analyze the Patriots’ game this Sunday. That sounds like actual work Chris Mason or Matt Vautour would do (suckers). Instead, I’m here to point out 5-10 observations and general tidbits that have at least a tangential connection to Sunday’s game.

1. This week in Chase Winovich conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories have become a recurring topic during Winovich’s regular appearances of 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Zolak and Bertrand” show. This week, the hosts did a lightning round of various conspiracy theories to get Winovich’s thoughts on them:

Roswell UFO landing: “Cover-up”

Chupacabra: Not real.

Mothman: “I know he’s real.”

Moon landing: Not a hoax.

Bigfoot: “I think he exists, but not in the way we think he exists.”

2. The conspiracy theory that’s off-limits for Winovich: Why didn’t Malcolm Butler play in the Super Bowl?

The hosts followed up with one bonus conspiracy theory, asking Winovich if he knew why Butler didn’t play in Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Winovich’s response after a pause: “I think I’m losing connection”

3. What are former Patriots up to? WR Mohamed Sanu

The former Patriots receiver is currently without a team after getting cut by the San Francisco 49ers. While Sanu doesn’t currently have a team, he does have a side hustle in the form of his own clothing line: Bean Talk.

The company mostly sells shirts and hats. However, they do sell a coffee mug and bean bag chair (for $115.50).

So what the heck does Bean Talk mean?

“It’s just a positive expression really. So definitely like the conversation we’re having right now, that’s ‘bean talk,’” Sanu said back in 2017.

For reference, the conversation at the team was about shoes. However, Sanu stressed that it was not, in fact, “shoe talk.”

“No, it’s really ‘bean talk’ though, because it’s on a ‘bean,’ Sanu said. “Like it’s positivity, if you like it and it’s a great conversation, that’s ‘bean talk’. Or say like right now my outfit’s ‘on a bean’. You know, I got the Joker cleats on with the red socks, um, ‘bean talk’ shirt. Got the ‘beansky’ hat. You know it’s just very subtle details, details matter.”

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More Chase Winovich conspiracy theories; Mohamed Sanu’s clothing line, Bean Talk

If you’re reading this, the New England Patriots’ game against the Denver Broncos hasn’t been postponed — yet. But you never know. We’ve still got a few hours. At this point, nothing is for certain until we get to the National Anthem and coin toss.

There was plenty of weird stuff to cover in last week’s anti-analysis before the game’s second postponement — especially Chase Winovich’s takes on aliens and Canadian ice dragons. However, the week went on without a game, and there was still plenty of non-football to talk about — including Chase Winovich’s takes on Mothman and the one conspiracy theory even he wasn’t willing to talk about.

Patriots-Broncos anti-analysis (Take 2)

I’m not here to analyze the Patriots’ game this Sunday. That sounds like actual work Chris Mason or Matt Vautour would do (suckers). Instead, I’m here to point out 5-10 observations and general tidbits that have at least a tangential connection to Sunday’s game.

1. This week in Chase Winovich conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories have become a recurring topic during Winovich’s regular appearances of 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Zolak and Bertrand” show. This week, the hosts did a lightning round of various conspiracy theories to get Winovich’s thoughts on them:

Roswell UFO landing: “Cover-up”

Chupacabra: Not real.

Mothman: “I know he’s real.”

Moon landing: Not a hoax.

Bigfoot: “I think he exists, but not in the way we think he exists.”

2. The conspiracy theory that’s off-limits for Winovich: Why didn’t Malcolm Butler play in the Super Bowl?

The hosts followed up with one bonus conspiracy theory, asking Winovich if he knew why Butler didn’t play in Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Winovich’s response after a pause: “I think I’m losing connection”

3. What are former Patriots up to? WR Mohamed Sanu

The former Patriots receiver is currently without a team after getting cut by the San Francisco 49ers. While Sanu doesn’t currently have a team, he does have a side hustle in the form of his own clothing line: Bean Talk.

The company mostly sells shirts and hats. However, they do sell a coffee mug and bean bag chair (for $115.50).

So what the heck does Bean Talk mean?

“It’s just a positive expression really. So definitely like the conversation we’re having right now, that’s ‘bean talk,’” Sanu said back in 2017.

For reference, the conversation at the team was about shoes. However, Sanu stressed that it was not, in fact, “shoe talk.”

“No, it’s really ‘bean talk’ though, because it’s on a ‘bean,’ Sanu said. “Like it’s positivity, if you like it and it’s a great conversation, that’s ‘bean talk’. Or say like right now my outfit’s ‘on a bean’. You know, I got the Joker cleats on with the red socks, um, ‘bean talk’ shirt. Got the ‘beansky’ hat. You know it’s just very subtle details, details matter.”

4. The Bill Belichick-approved non-answer of the week

Isaiah Wynn on whether he’s been in contact with players who have contracted COVID-19.

Read more