FORT MILL — Get ready to add another name to the Made in Fort Mill list.
The PuckerButt Pepper Co. is setting up shop in downtown Fort Mill. Ed Currie, founder and owner of the designer hot sauce business, said he is moving into the storefront at 235 Main St. Previously, that was the location of Ristorante Bravo, an Italian restaurant that opened and closed in just a few months. Prior to that it was Ida Roselles a down-home restaurant that lasted several years.
Currie, a Charlotte banker and Rock Hill resident who used to live in Tega Cay, said hes moving into the storefront Tuesday, but doesnt anticipate opening for a week or two after that pending an inspection from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
We already have DHEC approval, but all our stuff is fresh and we want to be a full-service company so we need to wait for the Dept. of Agriculture to come in, Currie said.
An entrepreneur with a passion for peppers, Currie currently sells his sauce at Plaza Fiesta near Carowinds. Opening a store in downtown Fort Mill has long been a dream, he said.
Ive been trying to get to downtown Fort Mill for a long time, he said. Every time theres been a storefront open on Main Street Ive been a minute too late.
Currie said he loves the area so much that he plans to relocate here.
I really feel at home in Fort Mill, he said. I always enjoy my time in Fort Mill. I dont know what it is, but its just a good feeling I have whenever Im here. God lets you know when youve found home, he said.
Fort Mill Mayor Danny Funderburk said in an email today, virtually any opening will be good news.
In addition to retail sales, the PuckerButt Pepper Co. is in talks with major chains such as Trader Joes and Earth Fare to carry its line of hot sauce, Currie said.
I know a lot of people in the industry and were seeing what we can develop, he said.
Read more about PuckerButt here: hot-commodity.
To learn more about the company, go to puckerbuttpeppercompany.com