Spartanburg commercial development has been on the rise in recent years due to the increased population and economic growth within the city area in North South Carolina. A number of commercial and residential spaces have recently opened in the downtown area, such as the Schuyler apartment building and Magnolia lofts. Such developments are expected to attract further construction to serve the over 300,000 residents of the metro area.
Among retail office spaces that have opened or are in the process of being built, are the Wild Ace Pizza and Hub right in the heart of the city. The Local Hiker, an outfitting store, recently obtained its building permits, as well as Growler Haus, near Church Street. The Hub City Co-op, the first retail co-op in the state of South Carolina, is in the final stages of fundraising and will be situated on East St. John Street to serve as a tremendous convenience to residents, who will have a place to live within the city right in the midst of the downtown area. The Green Canary, a dress and formalwear shop, the olive and then some, a seller of olive oil and similar oil and vinegar products, and Herb & Renewal, a natural remedies and supplement store, are among other new business attractions.
Much of the progress made with Spartanburg commercial development is the result of its hard-working business leaders, who encouraged and facilitated the introduction of new projects within downtown and vicinity. David Cordeau, the just retired president of the area’s Chamber of Commerce, states “we’ve got some great momentum in economic development…The business community has the right to have very high expectations of a chamber, especially in an area like ours that is growing.” Other community leaders have confirmed economic development has been at record pace in the last decade.
As part of a support system for the growing commercial sector, several technical colleges and four-year universities are available in downtown Spartanburg, which have additionally revitalized the area. New housing developments have sprung up around the city area (in Greer, South Carolina in particular) to provide more residential choices for the workforce. The development will continue to be controlled, as far as community leaders are concerned with no anticipation that it will negatively spiral into “urban sprawl.” The upcoming prospect is for commercial growth to continue now and into the future, especially if the current wave of new retail establishments proves successful.