Business In Brief - July 13, 2007

Lancaster practice gets two new dentists

LANCASTER -- Drs. Emily and Matthew Hubis have joined Plantation Pointe Dentistry in Lancaster.

They will provide general and cosmetic dental services including comprehensive oral exams, preventive services, cosmetic procedures and routine cleanings. New patients are welcome, and appointments are available by calling 286-6533.

Emily Hubis is a native of Rock Hill and graduated from the University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine. Matthew Hubis graduated from the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine.

Rehkow named V.P. at Provident Bank

Paul Rehkow has been appointed vice president and commercial relationship manager at Provident Community Bank in Rock Hill.

Rehkow is a graduate of Winthrop University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance. His professional experience has been with SunTrust Bank, RBC Centura and Bank of America over the past 13 years.

Chartered in 1934, Provident Community Bank has approximately $400 million in assets and 10 banking centers in Union, Laurens, Fairfield, York and Greenville counties.

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Rock Hill thrift store changes hours

This, That & The Other Thrift Store, at 502 S. Cherry Road, will change hours effective Monday.

Business hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Discounter opens new stores in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE -- Ross Dress for Less will open two new stores in the Charlotte area Saturday.

The discount clothing and home goods store will open its 800th location in the old Rhodes Furniture site at The Shoppes at University Place. Rhodes declared bankruptcy in 2004.

Another store will open at Carolina Pavilion in Pineville, N.C.

Ross offers the same styles and brand names available at department stores for 20 percent to 60 percent less.

-- The Charlotte Observer

Trade deficit hits year's second-highest level

WASHINGTON -- America's trade deficit rose to its second-highest level of the year as the price of imported crude oil jumped and demand for Chinese products remained strong despite recalls of tainted products.

The Commerce Department reported Thursday that the deficit for May rose to $60.04 billion, 2.3 percent more than in April. Most of the deterioration in the trade balance reflected a big increase in the foreign oil bill, which swamped record sales of U.S. products abroad.