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For the last 15 years Brandon Hintz and his wife Jodi have been vacationing in Macon County and after purchasing a place in Scaly Mountain a year and a half ago, decided to start a business here. With Hintz' experience as a brewer with Sweetwater Brewery in Georgia and after opening a successful brewpub (Hop Alley Brew Pub) in 2013 in Alpharetta, Ga., a business in craft beer seemed like the logical choice.

"Our brewpub in Georgia became a success and I had always wanted to expand into a production brewery at some point," said Hintz. "After discussing different locations we could go to, Franklin was the one spot we kept coming back to both due to the proximity to our place on Scaly as well as the people there. Combine that with the love of craft beer that people have in the western Carolinas coupled with the more attractive beer laws in North Carolina specifically, it was somewhat of a no brainer to open in Franklin."


Photos by Betsey GooderSellers Signs, NCI and Scott with Macon Bank all conspired to replace the old Macon Bank sign with the new brand Entegra Bank. At left, Roger Plemens, president, says good bye to the old sign.

Officials with Entegra insist that they have not been “bought out” but are moving forward with a new name.

Entegra Bank has 11 branches in North Carolina from Murphy to Saluda and a corportate office in Franklin.

At the end of July, news broke that the Holly Springs Plaza was sold to the highest bidder for $3.7 million. The online auction company who handled the sale, DTZ Reality, was not able to confirm the wining bidder but as of Tuesday morning, the deed had been recorded confirming that Ingles Markets purchased the property.

On Wednesday morning, Rhonda Moore with the Real Estate Department of Ingles Markets, Inc. confirmed the purchase.

"Ingles did purchase the shopping center known as Holly Springs Plaza in Franklin, NC," However, I am not at liberty to discuss any future plans."


Twenty-seven years ago, a local doctor set out to create a facility to help families lead healthier lifestyles.

With a goal "of providing a place where the average Macon County citizen and their families could enjoy all the benefits of regular exercise at an affordable price," Dr. Ed Morris set out to bring that place to Franklin. After several years of leg work that included a feasability report, hiring a consulting company, raising money from local families and a local bank, The Franklin Health and Fitness Center opened its doors in August 1988 and had just 10 employees.


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