Hamilton Township Business in Brief, Edition of Sept. 9, 2011

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Borders to become Books-A-Million

The Mays Landing Borders Book Store may be closing, but the location will remain a book store after it is gone. Books-A-Million will purchase several leases from the now-defunct book store chain. According to documents posted on www.bordersreorganization.com from the United States Bankruptcy Court Southern District of New York, the court authorized the Borders to sell its unexpired leases to Books-A-Million. The document is dated Aug. 30. The sale includes 14 Borders locations, including the Mays Landing location for $55,583. The total purchase price for all 14 leases is $934,259.

-- Claire Lowe


Olive Garden GM receives Diamond Club Award

Mullica Hill resident John Szymanski, general manager of the Olive Garden in Mays Landing, has been presented with Darden Restaurants’ top honor: the Joe R. Lee Diamond Club Award, named after the company’s retired chairman and CEO. Now in its 14th year, the award is presented annually to general managers throughout North America who demonstrate outstanding results by delighting guests with a genuine Italian dining experience and achieve top financial performance in the company’s previous fiscal year.

This year, Szymanski joins 41 general managers selected from the more than 750 Olive Garden restaurants in North America, making this a truly exclusive membership.

“John is a passionate leader who values everyone as family and friends.  He is a great role model for his team,” President of Olive Garden John Caron said. “As a result, he ensures the Mays Landing restaurant is committed to 100 percent guest delight and to making meaningful connections with guests and others in the local community.”

The Mays Landing Olive Garden is located at 4403 Blackhorse Pike.


Mercury Solar named to Inc. 500 list

Mercury Solar Systems in Mays Landing was recently named to the Inc. 500 list for the second year in a row. Mercury ranked 440 overall, and as the 14th fastest growing energy company in the U.S. and one of the top energy companies in New Jersey. The Inc. 500 list has featured a number of prestigious companies over the past 30 years including Microsoft, Zappos, Intuit, Jamba Juice, Zipcar, Clif Bar, Vizio and Oracle.

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