Dirt is moving all over Simpsonville, with several developments that will be home to new businesses.
Here’s a look at what’s set to open in the coming months.
1. New headquarters for toy company
Simpsonville-based toy company Sunny Days Entertainment LLC is moving its headquarters to a new office space under construction on Southeast Main Street, less than a mile south from the Clock Tower downtown.
The company currently has its headquarters on nearby Richardson Street and also has offices in Hong Kong and China, CEO Melvin Wells said.
The Southeast Main Street office will be used for customer service, product development, accounting and human resources. Wells said they plan to hire a few additional employees there.
“It’s easily accessible – it helps with the growth of the downtown Simpsonville corridor and the city has been very nice to work with in developing the project," Wells said of the new location.
Construction of office space that will house the new headquarters of Simpsonville-based toy company Sunny Days Entertainment, LLC continues on March 6, 2019.
(Photo: Gabe Cavallaro/The Greenville News)
There will also be additional Class A office space available for lease in the new building, Wells said.
The toy company makes electronic vehicles, collectible action figures and dolls, Wells said. The company sells to retailers, not directly to consumers.
The new building should be complete by June 1, Wells said.
“We’re a South Carolina-based company and we’re excited to call Simpsonville our home," he said.
2. Eye care on Harrison Bridge Road
This rendering depicts Clemson Eye’s planned new office on Harrison Bridge Road in Simpsonville.
Clemson Eye is moving from its Simpsonville office on Northeast Main Street to a new, larger building on Harrison Bridge Road.
“We know that Simpsonville is a growing market, it’s really booming out there," said marketing director Courtney Mitchell.
The eye care practice offers comprehensive medical and surgical eye care, as well as medical aesthetics, such as custom facials, chemical peels and injections, she said.
The new location is projected to open sometime this fall, Mitchell said. Once it’s operational, Clemson Eye’s office on Northeast Main Street will close.
3. Car wash off Fairview Road
Waves Express Car Wash’s third location is planned near the corner of Fairview Road and Southeast Main Street in Simpsonville.
Its part of an expansion the company is planning with 10 to 15 new locations across the Greenville, Anderson and Spartanburg area, owner Jimmy Williams said.
A Waves Express Car Wash is planned on a lot at the intersection of Fairview Road and Southeast Main Street in Simpsonville. It’s pictured here on March 6, 2019.
He was interested in opening in Simpsonville because of the growth there.
The city is currently reviewing their plans, Williams said. Upon approval, he anticipates it will take nine months to get the operation up and running.
4. Learning center on West Georgia Road
Kinder Care Learning Centers is planning to open a Simpsonville location.
Kinder Care Learning Centers is planning to open a location on West Georgia Road.
The early childhood education company has locations all across the country, according to its website.
The center is projected to open early this summer, said public relations manager Colleen Moran.
5. Downtown mixed-use space
A major mixed-use development is planned at the Burdette Building, breathing new life into the prominent site at the corner of Curtis and Main streets.
Called "Burdette Central," it will feature a mix of restaurant, retail and office space, including both new and current tenants, plus an outdoor gathering space for the community. There will be a lawn, stage and outdoor seating.
This rendering shows the outdoor space planned at the new Burdette Central development in downtown Simpsonville.
New tenants include Sidewall Pizza Company’s sixth location and Kaffeine Coffee Shop and Roastery.
The developers at Four Oaks Property Group chose Simpsonville because of its "excellent demographics," including a strong median household income, and the "very cool vibe" it’s developing with its restaurants, bars and coffee shops, said Doug Cross, managing principal at the company.
“We hope to be part of this growing culinary and entertainment scene," he said.
Site preparation, utility improvements and some demolition have begun at the property, Cross said. They’re aiming to have the development completed by summer 2020, though some new tenants will move in sooner.
The Sidewall open date is contingent upon construction, but co-owner Andy O’Mara said they’re tentatively hoping to be up and running this summer.
Kaffeine wants to open at the end of May, though that timeline is also at the mercy of construction, co-owner Debbie Goss said.
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