A growing population and strong demographics in Simpsonville have fueled construction activity not just in residential, but also in retail services and amenities. The latest project: a new 18,000-square-foot strip center planned at 1301 W. Georgia Road.
The Shops at West Georgia Road will be built across from the soon-to-be-open Walmart Neighborhood Market and existing Spinx gas station. Tenants already signed include Great Clips and Elite Physical Therapy. A lease for Mimi’s Express Japanese Steakhouse is in progress. Two end-caps are available for restaurant or drive-thru concepts.
The shopping center is being built by three business partners: Paul Hecker, a physical therapist and owner of Elite Physical Therapy in Greenville; Scott Saunders, a regional franchisee of Great Clips; and a local, private commercial real estate investor and owner. Mark Griffin of Griffin Property Solutions is marketing the property. Rates start at $18 per square foot/NNN.
The development group chose the location due to the strong demographics, high concentration of families and a need for services in the area, Griffin said. The site is located in Greenville County and part of it falls within the city limits of Simpsonville. The partners are in the process of combining the parcels and annexing the property into the City of Simpsonville, Griffin said. This is the primary delay in construction.
Of the 18,000 square feet, 3,500 is committed with 16,500 remaining to be leased.
Construction is expected to begin second quarter 2016 and be completed late 2016 or early 2017.