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Recently Closed: CianCiola’s (Greenville)

cianciolas grocery logo

Downtown Greenville is losing a deli/small grocery store. CianCiola’s which opened up in early 2015 will be closing up by the end of the month.

The store and deli opened in early 2015 but “just didn’t have the volume of business needed” to justify keeping the doors open, said Joe Varieur, who owned the business along with business partner Wayne Weldon.

“Unfortunately the location was just outside of the Main Street foot traffic,” he said. “We had great feedback from the customers we had. Parking was the only real complaint. Unfortunately, location, location, location.”


Thanks to JP for the tip back a few weeks ago as well!

Coming Soon: Lidl (Greenville/Spartanburg)


Looks like the Upstate is going to be getting a brand new German-based grocery chain. Plans have been filed for Greenville and Spartanburg for a couple new Lidl grocery stores.

Site plans filed with the county show Germany-based Lidl’s is planning a more than 36,000-square-foot store on the west side. The store would be built on nearly 3.5 acres at 8180 Warren H. Abernathy Highway beside Shogun Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar.


Plans have also been filed for Greenville off WHB and Pine Knoll. The Lidl corporate site also mentions their plans to open up in the US as well.

2047 Wade Hampton Blvd

Thanks to Carolina Knight for the tips on this!

Now Open: Aloft Hotel (Greenville)


Downtown Greenville’s newest hotel is now open for folks to visit (not sure to stay).

With a chic, urban design and a dog-friendly atmosphere, the Aloft Greenville Downtown hotel at ONE City Plaza is set to open its doors to the public on Monday.

The final touches were being put on the 144-room hotel this week by Georgia-based hotel management company McKibbon Hotel Group. The hotel sits atop a new 474-space public parking garage.


Within the hotel is small restaurant (Refuel at Aloft), two bars (W XYZ and Re:mix), a business center  and more. Seems like a really cool hotel and it’s in a great location right off Main Street. Another exciting thing about this new construction area is all the new retail spaces opening up at the bottom of the hotel and in a little ‘alley’. It will be a really nice destination place for locals and visitors alike.

Coming Soon: Lowes Foods (Five Forks)


Earlier this year Lowes foods announced they would be coming to the Upstate and their first location will be opening up in Greer early next year. They have announced that they will be opening a second location in the Five Forks/Simpsonville area.

The store will be built at the new Village Market-East shopping center on the northwest corner of Woodruff Road and Sunnydale Drive in the Five Forks area of Simpsonville.  Construction will begin in spring 2016 with a targeted opening date in spring 2017.

“We are very excited to bring a new and unique grocery shopping experience to the Five Forks area,” Lowes Foods president Tim Lowe said.


Coming Soon: Culver’s (Greer) + some closings.


Ah! Finally! The Culver’s that we posted about a while back is starting to move forward.

Construction has begun at the new Culver’s location, next to Aldi on WH


No ETA on when they’ll be open but we’ll update things as we find out more info.

Some recent closing have happened in Greer as well:

Tate Jewelers is closing with a “retirement sale.”



Park Sterling Bank on WH took signs down a few weeks ago and is now closed.