Just 1 more: Lakeside West almost filled

Pet grooming, ABC store coming

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comJuly 30, 2013 

— More businesses will be opening soon at Lakeside West.

Work is underway in two of the three remaining sites at the center. Filling those spots are a pet grooming business and an ABC store. Only one 1,100-square-foot space remains open.

The center sat vacant for years before businesses began opening last year. The development team is counting Lakeside a success.

“We consider that a unique circumstance,” said Brian Rollar with York Development Group.

The coming challenge is phase two. Developers in May brought down the former Wher-ena Boatland building. Site plans show a 2,500-square-foot building there.

Rollar said the Boatland demolition was as much about existing businesses in the short-term as it was the coming phase.

“Obviously the boathouse was in disrepair,” he said. “It was something that was really impeding the view of the shopping center.”

Phase two construction also shows a two-story building at up to 10,000 square feet and a 3,300-square-foot building on the property.

Rollar said work continues to find tenants, though none have been named.

Meanwhile, existing businesses report momentum with each new addition. The center’s largest tenant, Lake Wylie Bowl N’ Bounce, celebrated one year in business July 16.

“The first year went very well,” said owner Darrin Skinner. “We like our customer base, and it continues to grow as more people are still finding out about us.

Lighting and sound improvements are under way at Bowl N’ Bounce to allow for more live music and entertainment. A community event is planned for Aug. 17.

While the bowling alley and i-Color Nail Bar opened last summer, the YMCA was the first opening in spring 2012. Three more businesses opened in the past year with Cherry restaurant and Fuzzy Peach Frozen Yogurt, opening in February and March, and Sherwin-Williams opening in December.

“We have enjoyed the addition of more business at Lakeside West, and it has become a nice destination with Cherry, Fuzzy Peach, the YMCA and the others businesses,” Skinner said.

Megan Shaffer at Fuzzy Peach said she expects more businesses opening to breed more business. The main factor impacting Fuzzy Peach’s success, she said, comes from Mother Nature.

“It just depends on the weather,” she said.

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