LAKE WYLIE — The last sign of Waterside Market Place is on its way out. What will replace it is uncertain.
Demolition on the former Wher-rena Boatland building on Blucher Circle began last week. Wher-rena and a since relocated McDonald’s were for years the only remaining businesses in an otherwise empty Waterside center, which has been reborn in the past year as Lakeside West. Wher-rena owners, citing a record drought and tough economy, closed in 2008.
Site plans for the development show a 2,500-square-foot property at the Wher-rena location.
“We are demolishing the Boatland building, but do not have immediate plans for the parcel,” said Brian Rollar with York Development Group, Lakeside West developer.
Lakeside West center now has a QuikTrip gas station, Lake Wylie Bowl N’ Bounce, YMCA branch, Cherry restaurant, Sherwin-Williams, Fuzzy Peach Frozen Yogurt Bar and i-Color Nail Bar. A tenant hasn’t been named.
Also in the plans is an additional phase showing a two-story building at up to 10,000 square feet beside the Wher-rena site and a 3,300-square-foot property on the opposite end of the development, near the paint store.
Marleea Sabol-Hall opened Sherwin-Williams in December but held a grand opening event Thursday. Any personal interest she may have in future tenants takes a backseat to the business impact.
“The better it is for everybody,” she said of new Lakeside business, “the more traffic it will bring.”
Susan Bromfield, president of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce, called the ongoing growth at Lakeside West a positive for all of Lake Wylie.
“That is a prime location, so having new life put into that shopping center and that area is good for the whole community,” she said. “That lakeside location revitalization will set the tone for more new projects in our area.
“Wher-rena is prime location, beautiful view, located next to the busiest boat access on the Catawba chain, so whatever business or restaurant locates there is sure to be a success if they have quality, fair-priced products and excellent customer service,” she said.