Palmetto Proactive Healthcare will open location at Drayton Mills Marketplace

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Palmetto Proactive Healthcare in January will move into this more than 1,700-square-foot space at Drayton Mills Marketplace in Spartanburg. Photo courtesy of Drayton Mills Marketplace.

The revitalization of Spartanburg’s Drayton Mill has attracted another tenant.

Palmetto Proactive Healthcare, a direct primary care family medicine practice, announced Monday it will move into Drayton Mills Marketplace in January 2018.

The location will occupy more than 1,700 square feet in Suite 313, which formerly housed the historic textile mill’s employee health office.

“We are very pleased to open our next location at Drayton Mills Marketplace,” said Jerome Aya-Ay, who founded Palmetto Proactive in 2010 with Chris McCarthy, in a statement. “Our practice focuses on the patient. Drayton Mills is focused on building community, through its apartments, commercial spaces and amenities. We think our doctors can add to this great community and look forward to joining the Drayton family.”

Palmetto Proactive already has three locations at 1703 John B. White Sr. Boulevard in Spartanburg; at 1120 N. Pleasantburg Drive Suite 301 in Greenville; and at 126 S. Assembly St. in Columbia.

The company said in a statement that it does not contract with insurance companies, but solicits payments directly from patients, or employers, who pay with cash, debit cards or credit cards.

Palmetto Proactive said its prices are posted up front. By removing excess paperwork, the company said its doctors are able to spend more time with patients and reduce wait times at prices that are “often half of what is seen using traditional insurance.”

“Drayton Mills is going to be an excellent place for our doctors to see patients,” McCarthy said in a statement. “We are excited to become part of this fast-growing, dynamic community.”

Palmetto Proactive said in addition to pricing per procedure or test, patients can sign up for its $60 per month Proactive Patient Program, where members receive preventative care and discounted pricing on procedures.

The Drayton office will feature exam rooms, a procedure room, and lab testing capabilities. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the company said.

Palmetto Proactive joins a list of companies that have opened or are in the process of setting up shop in the Marketplace, which encompasses 60,000 square feet of the former Milliken & Co. textile mill’s warehouses and its 10,000-square-foot iconic company store.

The current tenant mix includes Rick Erwin Dining Group’s The Standard: A Refined Kitchen, Mozza Roasters, Bella Latte, Melotte Enterprises, Burn Boot Camp, Agracel Inc. Pi-Squared Pizza, a family-friendly Detroit-style pizzeria will open at the Marketplace later this year.

The Marketplace sits beside Drayton Mills Lofts, a 289-unit luxury loft apartment community in the mill’s spinning and weaving facilities.

Charlotte, N.C.-based TMS Development and Spartanburg-based Montgomery Development Group have spearheaded the mill’s revival, which officials hope will reinvigorate the surrounding community impacted by the mill’s closure in 1994.

John Montgomery, CEO of Montgomery Development Group, said the vision for the community includes the construction of up to 500 new homes.

“Palmetto Proactive will be a perfect fit for Drayton Mills,” said Tara Sherbert, principal of TMS Development, in a statement. “Drayton is a very active, energetic and growing community which really looks forward to this type of concierge medical services. We are extremely excited that Palmetto Proactive will be able to see patients at Drayton Mills Marketplace.”

“As we began developing Drayton Mills Marketplace, we recognized the importance of attracting a mix of businesses,” Montgomery said in a statement. “From the start, we understood the need to recruit a health care provider, and I am so pleased that Palmetto Proactive will be joining Drayton soon.”

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