4 new tenants to be announced for Drayton Mill


Four new tenants will soon occupy commercial space under development at the 114-year-old Drayton Mill in Spartanburg County.

Developers plan to announce the names of the businesses during a private event at 11 a.m. Thursday at the mill.

Drayton Mills Marketplace includes more than 60,000 square feet of warehouse space and the former textile mill’s Romanesque Revival company store built between 1902 and 1950.

The commercial space will complement the Drayton Mills Lofts, a 289-unit luxury apartment community, including a 60-foot lap pool, fitness center and other amenities in and around the mill’s vacant spinning and weaving plants.

A renovation of the warehouses and company store began early this year after Greenville-based Pacolet Milliken Enterprises sold the space to Tara Sherbert, managing partner of TMS Development in Charlotte, N.C., and John Montgomery, principal of Spartanburg-based Montgomery Development.


In February, Montgomery, whose great-great grandfather John H. Montgomery helped organize the mill, said he was in discussions with multiple companies, restaurants, retailers and a brewery.

He declined to comment on the names of the tenants Wednesday, but said they will provide options for residents of the apartments and surrounding Drayton community, and make the mill a destination for Spartanburg.

The marketplace is just a few feet away from a 2.5-mile walking trail constructed by Pacolet Milliken that spans from Mary Black Memorial Hospital to property south of the mill next to a meandering section of Lawson’s Fork Creek.


Visitors will be able to park their cars in a lot next to the commercial space off Drayton Road between Floyd and Lake streets.

Project officials said almost 19,000 cars per day pass by the mill on Drayton Road. They hope to eventually connect the walking trail with the Cottonwood Trail to increase biking, walking, running and other recreational opportunities for local residents.


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