New businesses are on the way to a local shopping center that has been partially vacant for over a year.
Beaufort-based Grayco Hardware & Home, coffee chain Dunkin’, Parker’s gas station and a garden center are all expected to move into the Knightsville Crossing Shopping Center later this year.
Since the fall of 2017, the Knightsville Crossing Shopping Center has been without an anchor store after the long-standing Mister K’s Piggly Wiggly grocery store closed.
“It was starting to get a little lonely here and we’ve really filled up the spots now,” said Lori Beier, the Knightsville UPS Store owner, located next to the former location of the grocery store.
Grayco will occupy the former Piggly Wiggly store. The Dunkin’ location will be 1,800 square feet with a drive-thru. Summerville town officials did not specify what the name of the garden center business. Space is still available for new businesses on Orangeburg Road.
The shopping center is located at the crossroads of the fast-growing Knightsville area on Orangeburg Road and Central Avenue.
All existing restaurants and stores at the shopping center have renewed their leases. Some say business has been slower since the departure of the grocery store.
“Business was getting slow, the shopping center was getting slow,” said Mike Chen, a manager at the Hong Kong Chinese restaurant.
But other managers and owners said business has not changed much and in some cases, has even improved as more people move to Knightsville.
“I was still getting my customer base and it was growing,” said Beier. “But it did look a little more on the slow side as to – what’s over there? There aren’t many cars over there so no one’s going to drive in to check it out really. But this is going to be a big plus.”
The construction work at the shopping center is expected to be completed this year, town officials did not specify when, and the businesses should move in afterward.