As readers of the Carolina Journal know, when new businesses open in Western North Carolina, the governor comes out for a toast and photo ops. State, local, and federal governments and economic development bureaus take credit for having wined and dined corporate leadership into swearing that “but for” beaucoups du tax dollars, they would have planted their business across the border: This one is not like the others.

National outdoor gear retailer Gander Mountain says it is opening a firearms super center in late April in Monroe.