Monthly Archives: November 2015

Coming Soon: Brazwells Premium Pub (Downtown Greenville)

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A few months ago Ford’s Oyster House closed in downtown Greenville and that space will no longer be empty much sooner. Brazwells Premium Pub, a  Charlotte-based chain, will be opening up there shortly.

Charlotte based Brazwells Premium Pub is moving into downtown Greenville.

The sports bar will fill the space previously occupied by Ford’s Oyster House & Cajun Kitchen.

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Their Greenville web page is up but mention of when they’ll be opening.

Thanks to Elizabeth for the tip! (Facebook)

Coming Soon: Hampton Seafood (Taylors, SC) & Chop Chop Grill (update)

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A few months ago the old Kosta’s Grill shutdown. It looks like that place will not be vacant for too much longer as there is a new restaurant and/or seafood store opening up called Hampton Seafood. I don’t have too many details as I only noticed the new painting on the building and temporary sign that is up.

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(not Corona’s but only image I have)

Also, Chop Chop Grill looks like it’s making pretty solid progress. Sign is up and interior work is coming along nicely. No ETA on them opening up either.

Coming Soon: Tucanos Brazilian Grill (Greenville)

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Ah, the wait is almost over! Just read that the Tucanos Brazilian Grill in Magnolia Park is slated to open in February 2016. It’s been a long time coming for sure. Glad to see that things are moving forward again.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill, a churrasco-style eatery coming to Magnolia Park on Woodruff Road in Greenville, is planning on an early February 2016 opening.

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Happy Birthday!

So I just realized that WhatsOpeningThere.com just passed it’s 1 year mark. Wow. Kinda surreal. This has been a fun hobby that I started on a whim last year and surprisingly have kept it up. Why surprisingly? Mainly because I have started and stopped almost a dozen blogs over the last couple of years. Writing is not my gift. I love to learn and share knowledge but putting words down in a long, creative blog post is just not my strong suit.

But here I am a year later and about 126 posts later!

Some cool highlights over the last year:

  • About 126 posts for an average of 10.5 per month
  • Cheesecake Factory – is the #1 searched term here. The Upstate loves news about CCF. Hopefully they’ll deliver and truly open up next year.
  • Traffic has grown to about 200 +/- visits per day on average
  • Had a massive spike of about 15K visits a few weekends ago for some crazy reason
  • Our Facebook page has finally hit 100+ likes!

A big thank you to all the great content and posters that share awesome news on City-Data, UrbanPlanet, and other sites that I try to gather data from. Without your input this blog would not be possible.

Here’s to a great 2016 and more news for our awesome Upstate! Now go out and support these new businesses!

Summary of What’s Opening in the Upstate in 2015-2016

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Found this really great article on GSABusiness.com that summarizes a lot of new things coming to the Upstate over the next year or so. Here’s a quick summary of some of the data:

  • The state’s first Cheesecake Factory restaurant is opening in Greenville at a Haywood Mall outparcel. The timeline was not available.
  • Panera Bread will be opening a new restaurant near Haywood Mall in November.
  • The former Kmart on Wade Hampton Boulevard is now fully leased. Roses occupied the remainder, about 35,000 square feet, at the center.
  • CVS is now open at Augusta Road and Faris Road. The 15,000-square-foot pharmacy sits at the site of a former strip center. The shopping center across the street recently underwent renovations and is home to AT&T and Marco’s Pizza.
  • Michael Kors is opening a 2,052-square-foot store in Haywood Mall in November.
  • A new Hardee’s restaurant occupies the site of a former car lot at Pelham Road and East North Street.
  • Construction has started on Chicken Salad Chick along Woodruff Road.
  • Barre3 has opened at 3014-A August St. in Greenville.

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The article also mentions all the re-development work happening on Laurens Road in the area of the former Best Buy and Sam’s Club.

Additionally, Verdae Development has started work at its planned Laurens Road redevelopment. The former Sam’s Club and Best Buy locations were demolished to make way for construction. According to the Colliers report, plans include the development of more than 100 acres on Laurens Road between Verdae Boulevard and Woodruff Road. Approximately 30 acres will be redeveloped into retail space, with the remaining 70 acres consisting of residential and public green space

All in all these are great economic indicators of solid Upstate growth and it’s exciting to see what’s coming in our area over the next few years.