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Brian Chick, PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Co.
Brian Chick, PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Co.

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PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Co.
Dallas-based PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Co., opened May 15 at 1329 E. Republic Road, Ste. J, in Copperstone Square. The mortgage company occupies 2,400 square feet under a two-year lease with Roddy Hughes, said PrimeLending branch manager Brian Chick, who also manages Joplin and Branson offices. He supervises seven employees, including four mortgage officers. Prior to joining PrimeLending, Chick managed the Bank of America mortgage department in Springfield. Founded in 1986, PrimeLending operates 186 locations with 1,600 employees in 35 states. Companywide, PrimeLending produced $5.8 billion in loans in 2009. The Springfield office in 2010 has produced 185 loans totaling $26 million. The first-year loan projection for the Springfield office is $30 million, and Chick said the long-term goal is $150 million annually. PrimeLending currently offers a 30-year mortgage rate of 4.375 percent. Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone: (417) 616-0777.

Springfield Animal Advocacy Foundation opened a spay-neuter clinic Aug. 24 at 1600 N. Washington Ave., the former Association for the Blind building. SAAF bought the 3,000-square-foot building Jan. 29 for $175,000, assuming a $110,000 loan from the city, said Mary Crawford, clinic director. The clinic, called SAAFhouse, received a grant from PetSmart Charities to help with equipment costs, according to Janet Martin, SAAF board president. In addition to Crawford, SAAF employs two veterinarians, a vet technician and an office manager. The clinic’s goal is to make Springfield and its humane society no-kill by 2018. The model organization for SAAFhouse, Asheville, N.C.-based Humane Alliance of WNC Inc., began in 1994 as a spay-neuter clinic. Hours: 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Phone: (417) 831-7223.


WineStyles relocated Aug. 5 to 2640 S. Glenstone Ave. in the Brentwood Center. Jeff and Hallie Sale opened WineStyles franchise nearly six years ago at 1362 E. Republic Road and, in the move, expanded the store to 2,000 square feet from 1,300. The new space is leased for four years, Hallie Sale said, declining to disclose terms. Sale said the store sells wine, gifts and baskets, cheese and chocolates. “We do a lot more by the glass, and we have a small appetizer menu,” Sale said. The store also has a private room that accommodates 16 for its tasting events and wine club. The Sales are area developers for Missouri and Kansas for Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based WineStyles. Hours: 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone: (417) 882-4499.
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