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New businesses cropping up in Greenville

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Panera Bread will move from its current location to open at Greenville Square shopping center on Dec. 6, a company official said on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.


By Michael Abramowitz
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Burgers, baubles, bread and backache relief are among the many retail and service operations newly sprouting across the Greenville business landscape to keep up with the city’s growing student and professional population.

The new-look Greenville Square, former home of K-Mart and new home of Publix supermarket, has undergone a complete facelift, with several retail locations planting their flags there. Some businesses have moved from previous locations to replace vacated sites on major thoroughfares in the city, while others are establishing from the ground up.

Panera Bread, the cafe-style bakery and coffee house, is moving across Greenville Boulevard to a new stand-alone structure scheduled to open Dec. 6 in Greenville Square, General Manager Jeremy Spencer said.  Built to accommodate its continued growth, the building, contracted to Frontier Building of Miami, Fla., will include a drive-thru window, not available at the current location. It also will add 50 new employees to its current staff of 65, Spencer said.

“We’ll still offer catering, but will be adding cafe-based delivery to our services, and we’re anticipating 30-50 percent revenue growth, so we’ll need to staff up for that, too” Spencer said. “It will be a challenge, but the the kind we want.”

The current Panera Bread will close on Dec. 1 to get ready for its grand re-opening the following week, Spencer said.

Also at Greenville Square and new to the city is Charlotte-based Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, situated next to Publix with access from Greenville Boulevard. It is the latest in the chain of 20 restaurants in the Carolinas and Colorado. Known for its wide variety of burgers, including buffalo, the restaurant also serves shakes and alcoholic beverages.

Also relocated from a previous location is Tuesday Morning, a home decor and seasonal accessories shop, previously at 607 S.W. Greenville Blvd and now at a larger, remodeled location in Greenville Square. Q Robbs, the store’s assistant manager, said the store can accommodate its expanded merchandise line and is open seven days a week.

“It’s definitely a better location for us, and we’ve been able to add six new positions, bringing us up to about 15 employees now,” Robbs said.

Also getting ready to open this week is Han-Dee Hugo’s, a Clayton-based convenience store and gas station at 2600 Charles Boulevard, formerly a Kangaroo location. The store will sell BP brand gasoline and fresh coffee along with other convenience products.

Wirth Chiropractic and Active Living Center, under the leadership of Dr. Brian Wirth, opened its doors Monday at 704 E. Arlington Blvd near Red Banks Road. Worth chose to design and build a new 4,000-square-foot structure to accommodate his growing business, originally located on Plaza Drive for six years. Building construction was completed by Tidelands Construction, and Jack Cobb was architect for the project.

“We were committed to building a facility that would reflect the coastal heritage of the area while also serving the growing needs of our patient base,” Wirth said. “In  addition, we were committed to using local contractors and subcontractors from our surrounding communities. I think the team hit a home run.”

The building features a large atrium and an oversized patient waiting area complete with a children’s play area. The project also included a number of local sub-contractors. Tony Bullock and Tabco Concrete in Greenville were responsible for the paving. Other subcontractors included Chiro-1 Source from Farmville for assistance with the medical equipment; Brann and Sons, also from Farmville, with HVAC services; and Greenville subcontractors included Clayton and Associates, Baldwin Design Associates and Spain Telecom. A digital roadside sign that features community events was designed and installed by Lighthouse Signs of Greenville.

Beside Wirth, Dr. Jerome Lewis II joined the practice in 2016, a clinical technician serves the team, Greenville native Tabitha Wirth is office manager and a support staff of four keep the operation flowing during the practice’s weekday hours.

The site of the former Lowe’s supermarket in the Lynncroft shopping center on Evans Street continues under reconstruction. Officials declined to confirm plans for use of the site, but contract work by Custom Building is slated for February completion, the project manager said.

Contact Michael Abramowitz at mabramowitz@reflector.com or 252-329-9507.