+ Ryland Homes selling well in GreyHawk Landing
Ryland Homes has found the right place to build.
Mike Finley, vice president of sales and marketing for Tampa-based Ryland Homes, announced June 20 the builder sold eight new homes in GreyHawk Landing.
Ryland Homes held its grand opening in GreyHawk Landing one month ago.
Finley attributed the success to the community’s location and reputation.
“GreyHawk Landing is an established community that offers a rare combination of a peaceful, natural environment with conveniences and recreation,” Finley said. “You rarely need to leave the neighborhood.”
GreyHawk Landing features multiple pools and a playground on 950 acres. The community also has a fishing dock, a private lake and a two-mile trail.
Ryland Homes is building one- and two-story single-family homes with three-and-four bedrooms and two- and three-car garages. Prices start around $250,000.
Homes range in size from 1,853 square feet to 2,840 square feet.
Ryland Homes currently is finishing three new homes, which will be ready in September.
+ Hardware store named top performer
The Crowder Brothers Ace Hardware, in Lakewood Ranch, is a top-performing store in the national corporation’s portfolio.
This month, Ace Hardware Corp. named the Lakewood Ranch retailer a “Five-Star Platinum” Ace Hardware retailer for its commitment to customer service.
Ace Hardware gives such recognition to 10% of its top-performing stores.
“Our five-star stores deliver best-in-class customer service in their local communities each and every day,” said Kane Calamari, Ace Hardware’s vice president of retail operations and new business. “We’re pleased to recognize Crowder Brothers Ace Hardware and its associates for their outstanding achievements.”
Stores that achieve a five-star designation perform well on training staff, providing a superior assortment of products and positively representing the Ace brand.
+ Golf company moves to Lakewood Ranch
Big Summer Golf Card Holdings, a new company formed by East County developer John Neal and Charles Varah, representing the Pasold family, has relocated its office to Lakewood Ranch.
The company bought the Big Summer Golf Card program in March. The program has provided golfers discounts for more than 20 years in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties and throughout the state.
More than 100 courses participate in the program.
Linda Talbot operated the company for more than 20 years.
The new office, at 5812 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., will house the business administration team and a rotating cast of employees.
“We are excited about this new location and about the many new additions we plan to introduce to the program in the coming months,” said Neal, also president of John Neal Homes.
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Lakewood crowns students
Lakewood Ranch High School juniors Connor Jones and Kristen Mendez became school royalty March 31, after being named Mr. Mustang and Miss Lakewood Ranch.
MTI takes top awards
The Manatee Technical Institute Postsecondary Chapter of HOSA, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America, dominated the Postsecondary-Collegiate Division at the HOSA State Leadership Conference April 3 through April 6, in Lake Buena Vista.
Schooled on Jazz
Students at Haile Middle School kept the audience’s toes tapping April 8, during the school’s Night of Jazz event.