Summer openings could mean a boom in downtown Fort Mill business

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comMarch 19, 2014 

— Construction at the top of Main Street is bringing more business to Fort Mill’s downtown.

Business owners hope it’s a long-term trend.

“It would definitely interest people to want to bring their business downtown, to the Main Street area,” said Brynn Blackwell, manager at Main & Gray Home, a high-end furnishings shop at 223 Main St. “Fort Mill is really growing up.”

Two main drivers of a new look downtown are under construction. The Greens at Fort Mill will have 64 apartments and four stories, and should be complete by early June. Across Springs Street, developers broke ground recently on a 7,200-square-foot office building.

Adam Ferrara, partner with Ferrara-Buist Cos., said the building has all three tenants on board and should be able to announce them in about a month.

“We are hopeful to have the project complete sometime around August,” Ferrara said.

Last fall Ferrara-Buist broke ground on the Palmetto Corporate Centre at 1201 Carolina Place in Fort Mill, a building the company now shares with Robert Palmer & Associates and Michael Johnson & Associates. Ferrara-Buist is also building the Toast Cafe on Hwy. 160 West.

Just across from the new Ferrara-Buist construction there’s a parking lot being built for Hardee’s and, behind that, the four-story apartment building. Ferrara said he’s hopeful the activity on and around Main Street will give his incoming tenants a strong foothold.

“We hope that what we’re doing will help them, and what they’re doing will help us,” he said.

Main Street’s newest business located downtown in large part because of what’s coming on either side of Springs Street.

The John Lovsin Agency, a Nationwide company, moved into 114 Main St. on Monday. Lovsin lives in Tega Cay and has an office in Clover. The combination of old and new on Main Street, along with recent population projections, excited Lovsin about Fort Mill’s downtown.

“I like the idea of being in the older part of town, yet seeing the growth all around me,” he said.

Emily White, manager of The Gym at 214 Main, is a Fort Mill native. She sees how all the activity and revamped downtown will be an adjustment for long-time residents. Businesses, she said, should adjust much quicker.

“We’re hoping it’s going to increase business for us,” White said. “It’s definitely a positive for business, just bringing more people to see where we are.”

John Marks •  803-831-8166

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