Businesses ready to settle in Lake Wylie

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comNovember 19, 2013 

— Commercial growth is pouring in along some of Lake Wylie’s busiest highways.

Last week Zaxby’s confirmed a new location at Mill Creek Commons. It’ll be located at 143 Hwy. 274, between Walgreens and the main entrance into Wal-Mart. Between 30 and 40 jobs will be created.

“The new Zaxby’s is scheduled to begin construction by the end of the month,” said company spokesperson Alexa Orndoff.

The restaurant will have in-house and drive-thru options, and is the fifth Zaxby’s location in York County. The company currently has almost 600 locations in 13 states.

Nearby, there’s a sign up across S.C. 49 from Autobell Car Wash, just beside AutoZone, for a new Dunkin’ Donuts. The store will be on a 4.5-acre piece of land along Carroll Cove Road. The sign notes other commercial opportunities on-site.

Just east of the property, a second phase is set to begin construction at Anchor Shops Place. The shopping center opened in 2008 with Anytime Fitness, followed by existing businesses Lake Wylie Dry Cleaners, Lily Nails & Spa, Mahalo Salon and Vitamins4Less. Another 10,000 square feet in the second phase will again start with Anytime, which is relocating there to a larger unit.

“Essentially the first tenant is an extension of an existing tenant,” said Barry Rigby, executive vice president for RL West.

Anytime will occupy about 6,000 square feet in the expansion, leaving room for one to three more tenants, depending on the business. The move also leaves the existing Anytime space to market. Rigby said other tenant agreements still are in the discussion phase, rather than the dotted-line phase. An initial target for the center will again be a focus for the expansion – places to eat.

“We’re open to ideas, but we know there is a need for more restaurants,” Rigby said.

The Anchor Shops listing also includes two properties fronting S.C. 49, on either side of Waffle House. Activity on that side of the highway includes clearing of 25 acres where New River Community Church plans to build a new worship center to seat 1,000 or more. Mike Grace with Colliers International is marketing the Dunkin’ Donuts property. He and others are hopeful they’re seeing an uptick in business activity along with larger outparcel properties like Shoppes at the Landing and Mill Creek Commons sitting just across the highway.

“It’s good when things start happening again,” Grace said.

Rigby said he’s “given up on trying to forecast” activity trends, but agrees that prospects are better for signing tenants than in recent years. The now closed Bi-Lo grocery store, which is slated to be rebuilt as a Publix by late 2015, could have an impact on nearby properties, agents say. If the rebuild or prolonged inactivity in that anchor spot forces businesses in that center to look elsewhere, they say, nearby properties could benefit.

There are plenty of spaces remaining in Lake Wylie for further development, including highway frontage outparcels on S.C. 49 and 274 at Shoppes at the Landing and Mill Creek Commons.

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