August 5, 2014

Home South coming to Rock Hill Galleria

Home furnishing store is opening its second location

Home South is coming to the Rock Hill Galleria.

It’s a homecoming of sorts for the home furnishing store. Carolina Pottery, its parent company based in Fort Mill, operated a store at Crossroads Mall at the state line until 1983. Crossroads closed to become Plaza Fiesta, which was razed this year to make way for Cabela’s sporting good stores.

“We are thrilled to be opening our second Home South store at Rock Hill Galleria,” said Grady Marsh of Home South. “Our company is headquartered in York County, and we operated a Carolina Pottery store for years on Carowinds Boulevard, so we are very excited to once again have a retail presence in York County.”

Home South moves into a 30,000-square-foot location at the backside of the mall. While the store isn’t visible from Dave Lyle Boulevard, Home South officials are convinced it’s the right location.

The store has a loyal customer base, many of whom having been making the trip from York County to Northlake Mall in Charlotte. Home South has a stand-alone store near that mall.

Company officials were looking for another regional location and the Galleria was the right fit, said Kyle Mounts, who will oversee operations at both stores.

Home South’s merchandise categories include tabletop accessories, kitchenware, home accents and decor, seasonal products, candles, ribbon, outdoor furniture and accessories and floral supplies.

The list doesn’t quite cover the shopping experience, however. The look of Home South is constantly changing with merchandise for each holiday.

“It’s never going to look exactly the same,” Mounts said. “It’s changing all the time.”

The Galleria store plans to open in October, meaning it will be full of Christmas merchandise – including up to 15 decorated Christmas trees. Customers wanting to get a sneak peak at the store’s inventory should “like” Home South on Facebook, Mounts said. Pictures of what’s coming are frequently posted there, he said.

“We’re hoping there is always the ‘wow’ factor when people walk into the store,” Mounts said.

While the displays will change with the season and the holiday, there will be some constants, he said. Wicker furniture will be available year round as well as selection of North Carolina and South Carolina food and wine.

Mounts said pricing will be competitive as the store benefits from the buying power of Carolina Pottery.

Typically, women prefer to shop at Home South, Mounts said. For the husbands there will be plenty of wicker chairs to relax in.

“And if they like them, they can take them home,” Mounts said.

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