Spartanburg High’s New Location Brings Growth to East Main 7/31/18

Development has been picking up on East Main Street lately and it seems to be, at least partially, because of the new Spartanburg High School location.

“Things are blowing and going right now,” said Ben Hines, president and co-owner of Spencer/Hines Properties.

Hines, whose company currently has several properties on East Main, is acutely aware of the relatively recent growth in the area. He noted that before the mid-2000s, around 2006, there was very little interest in any property past the Hillcrest Shopping Center.

Hines has noticed a sharp increase in demand for property on East Main over the past 12 months, noting that one of his properties, a 1.58 acre lot next to the Sonic Drive-In, had three offers at one time with the interested parties wanting to build a retail strip center, a fast food restaurant, and – the accepted offer – an owner-operated restaurant on the site.

“Out of the three properties that we have put under contract, all three are being purchased by out-of-town developers or for the purpose of out-of-town users,” Hines said.

Hines believes Spartanburg High School’s move has become “a catalyst for more attention and further growth.”

So far, this seems to be true with both IHOP and Golden Chick moving into the east side to capitalize on the high school traffic. In regards to retail, the growth isn’t limited to the immediate vicinity of the high school. Hillcrest Shopping Center is filling up – OrangeTheory Fitness and Talbots both recently leased space in the center – and the nearby Drayton Mills Marketplace announced three new businesses (Holliday Brewing, Lauren Ashtyn Collection headquarters, and Hypersign) last week.

“The new high school isn’t even finished yet, but it is driving growth in the east side. So is the new elementary school, I believe,” said Alan Jenkins, city councilman. “It’s a win-win for everyone. More modern school facilities lead to a better educational experience for students and a beautiful centerpiece for the surrounding community.”