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Tuesday Roundup

Some general news as I’m catching up on everything. Apologize for the long periods of downtime between posts. Last few months have been a bit crazy on the work and personal front. Hopefully the nice Fall we’re having will keep things in check here 😀

Anyways, some of this news is old and most are probably aware of it already but wanted to get it out as readers have submitted these comments and feedback.

Here goes!

  • Did you know that there is now a Tupelo Honey on the Campus at Furman, as well as a Starbucks, Einstein Brothers Bagels & Moe’s Southwest Grill? Nice variety. (May have left some out, don’t remember all) – Thanks Erie!
  • Sidewall Pizza – Pelham Rd. “The Pelham location is set to open in the first quarter of 2017″  – Thanks John!
  • Pita Pit downtown Greenville closed last week. It was unannounced. The doors have a large chain and padlock on them. No appearances of it reopening. – Thanks Tom! [I heard that they closed quite abruptly. Kinda bummer for the lunch crowd downtown]
  • I heard that a Starbucks was opening at the recently closed gas station at the intersection of Highway 14 and Main St., Simpsonville. Would love to know if this is true! – Thanks Renee! [I do not hear of a ton of Simpsonville news so if anyone can confirm this in a comment that would be awesome!]
  • Breakwater & Bar is closing.  While Greenville’s Bacon Bros. Public House is still saddling up for its franchise expansion into Houston, this week the farm-to-table gastropub announced a new partnership that will put a bakery, butchery, and diner right off the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail. – Thanks Lorri!
  • Fuddruckers and Starbucks coming soon to Duncan at 290 & 85. Former Denny’s location. – Thanks Mike!

Weekend News: Oakblue Kitchen (Downtown Greenville), Pet Supplies Plus (Taylors), Guitar Center (Spartanburg), and More!

Happy Friday the 13th! Trust you aren’t too superstitious about this freaky day. 🙂 So let’s jump right into a few news bits that’s hit our inboxes lately:



A brand new restaurant is opening up in Downtown Greenville called Oakblue Kitchen. According to their website it looks like they’ll be serving Korean BBQ and Southern Staples (whatever that means). They will be opening up in the former Bravo location on Main Street.

A Korean BBQ restaurant will be a great boon for downtown. That’s one niche that’s non-existant so far.


In the Hampton Village shopping center there’s been a few changes. Miniature World of Trains has closed up as well as Wade Hampton Country Buffet. Rumor has it that the Pizza Hut that’s in that center will be opening up a sit down restaurant where the buffet used to be.

Also, the construction has started where the old Sonic used to be for a new Starbucks based on the info that we’ve received.

And finally, a new pet supplies store will be opening up where the Office Depot used to be. Pet Supplies Plus is the name of the store and this will be their first Upstate location (closest one is up in Asheville, NC). You can see where they’ll be located at on this development sheet.


Speaking of pizza. This new Chicago-style pizza place called Old Chicago is coming to the Upstate. It sounds like it might be a few years out though.

The first of the new locations is scheduled to open in Myrtle Beach late this year, with two other locations planned to open in Greenville and Spartanburg in the next three years.

Old Chicago specializes in handcrafted pizzas and craft beer. The restaurant offers classic pub fare like chicken wings and specialty burgers, as well as a variety of pizzas. The restaurant features traditional Chicago style, as well as thin crust varieties, and 30 craft beers on tap.

The restaurant currently has 100 locations in 24 states


Here’s hoping they open sooner than 3 years though!



Got a tip from one our readers that QT will be opening yet another location in the Spartanburg area

QT is a great place to be honest. Clean, good food, good gas prices. Glad to see them continuing their expansion and growth in the Upstate.




The Haywood Road area continues to be refreshed and updated. Looks like The Gallery shopping area is getting a parking lot renovation that will be fantastic.

Major appearance changes are planned at The Gallery shopping center on Haywood Road. A New York company, DNA Property Management, plans to develop a courtyard and renovate a side building to accommodate outdoor recreation retailers.

Weinstein said the side building, a former restaurant, is being gutted, and the renovation includes an exterior “elevation plan” to visually enhance the space for retailers such as running stores or bicycle stores. He said city approval is being sought for that project, which will start first.

The courtyard will follow in the area outside of Cici’s, Weinstein said.


According to sources, one of the new shops going in will be Performance Bicycle

The new Performance Bicycle is going to be in the vacated Grille 33 restaurant space. I saw people working on that building last week.



Guitar Center opened up yesterday in Spartanburg.

Los Angeles-based music instrument retailer Guitar Center celebrated the grand opening of its Spartanburg store on Thursday.

The company kicked off its fourth store in South Carolina at 1487 W.O. Ezell Blvd. with a live performance by the Charleston-based band Top Jimmy, exclusive savings and gear giveaways.

The store will operate from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.


Whew! That’s about it for this week. Love seeing all this news! Great for the Upstate (the openings, not the closings). Don’t forget that Culver’s is opening up next week in Greer! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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


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.


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.