Westone nears completion; tenants aim for June to August openings

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Westone tenants will begin to open at the end of June, barring unforeseen delays. Will Crooks/Upstate Business Journal

Seven of the eight available spaces at the nearly completed Westone development at 109 W. Stone Ave. are leased, and the new brewery, restaurants, and retail locations will begin opening by the end of June, barring unforeseen delays.

Developers Pete Brett and Michael Fletcher released initial plans for the former home to Battery and Electric Company in fall 2016, and now construction on the combined 18,000-square-foot buildings is nearly complete.

The L-shaped redevelopment includes on the far left the new family restaurant concept World Piece by Coffee Underground owner Dana Lowie. Next to it is the second location of Lowie’s long-time basement-level coffee shop that has become a downtown Greenville staple and success story, weathering the ups and downs of the downtown market over the last 23 years.

Combined, the two spaces are about 4,000 square feet and will share seating but have separate kitchens. Lowie says target opening date is Aug. 1.

In the center 2,300-square-foot space of the strip facing Stone Avenue is Moe’s Original Bar B Que, one of the dozens of franchise locations around the country, but the first Upstate location. Franchisees John Wood and Sam Ragland say they are shooting for a late June opening.

In the corner parcel, Liability Brewing Co. occupies 3,426 square feet of brewery space with 1,200 square feet of outdoor patio. With the tanks recently installed, brewer C.J. Golobish and owner Terry Horner say they also are planning on a June opening.

The leg of the development running perpendicular to Stone Avenue still has one approximately 1,500-square-foot vacant space remaining closest to the brewery. The other three tenants are, in order from furthest from the road to nearest, V’s Barbershop, the first South Carolina franchise location of the traditional barbershop concept that even offers shoe-shines; Cache & Co., a home goods retail store; and a 9Round Fitness.

The development has about 60 parking spaces on-site with additional street parking nearby on Wilton Street. A few businesses across Stone will likely open up their parking lots to Westone customers on nights and weekends, Brett and Fletcher say.

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