New IHOP planned for Spartanburg’s east side


A new IHOP restaurant is planned for Spartanburg’s east side.

Florida-based Alliance Pancake Partners, an affiliate of Summit Restaurant Group, said it is seeking to build a new 4,500-square-foot store on a 1.15-acre parcel at East Main Centre at 2081 E. Main St. in front of the Tractor Supply store.

The 132-seat eatery will be the IHOP franchisee’s first store in the community, but it will be Spartanburg’s second, including a west-side location that IHOP Corp. opened in the late 1990s at 8135 Warren H. Abernathy Highway.

“We love communities, and Spartanburg is a strong one,” said Janet Alexander, director of marketing and communication for APP. “We feel like there are some opportunities and certainly enough business for everyone. IHOP likes to be a part of the community and a second location will allow us to do that even better. We are very excited about this.”

Alexander said the store is still in the permitting phase and a target opening date for the store has not yet been set.

The company’s preliminary site plan has been filed with the city and is currently under review.

Alexander said the store will likely be one of the company’s newest ICON building designs.

She said the store’s hours have not been established, but it could be open 24-7. The company’s 24-hour stores typically employ up to 200 people, she said.

The site is positioned across the street from the new Lidl grocery store and Spartanburg High School, which are under construction.

Patty Bock, economic development director for the city of Spartanburg, said she believes the new IHOP will give the east side a boost and could attract even more restaurants and retail to that side of town.

“IHOP is a family-oriented, community-minded chain,” she said. “I think it will be a real shot in the arm for that area. I’m excited about it. I don’t think it’s going to take anything away from the IHOP on the other side of town.”

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