Those with late-night cravings in northern York County can rejoice.
Taco Bell, the popular fast-food restaurant known for midnight or later pickup windows, is one of two restaurants planning to open at Graystone Crossing, in front of the new Tega Cay Wal-Mart, later this year, the site developer confirmed Wednesday.
The Taco Bell, scheduled to open in late 2008 next to the Petro Express gas station on S.C. 160, will be built in front of a 22,000-square-foot retail shopping center by Centurion Partners. Philip Coriher of Centurion said a nationally-known burgers-and-fries restaurant also is close to a deal, but he couldn't release the name until the agreement was finalized.
The center also will become home to a Great Clips hair salon, Benjamin Moore paint store, Fresh Fruit Bouquet Co. and a SunCom wireless phone dealer. Coriher said he also expects to close on deals to bring a locally-owned pizza parlor, nail salon and flooring company to the $10 million plaza.
"We've only got a few spaces left," he said, noting Great Clips likely will open as soon as construction, which is in its final stages, is finished. "Some of these tenants wanted to open in the fall."
Spin-off from Wal-Mart
The arrival of the new businesses marks some of the first spin-off growth from Wal-Mart, which is expected to open in March. Adjacent to Graystone on S.C. 160 is Stonecrest Village, a similar mixed retail plaza expected to attract dozens of specialty shops and restaurants.
"If you drive around that area, you'll notice it's kind of an underserved market," Coriher said. "That's what drew us to the area. There's so much residential, but if you need anything, you have to drive to Charlotte or Rock Hill. That housing boom is what's driving the commercial development."
Grocery, tire stores on hold
Across the street from Graystone and Stonecrest, a controversial proposal to rezone a 10-acre plot for an Aldi discount grocery store and Discount Tire store stalled after the property owner withdrew his request for rezoning. Herman Stone on Monday withdrew his application for the York County Council to change the designation from residential to commercial. He said he'll draw up new site plans and may resubmit the request to county officials later this year.
Stone's request recently came under fire from neighbors concerned the commercial growth along S.C. 160 will soon bog down traffic between Tega Cay and Interstate 77. Some contend smaller, specialty shops would be acceptable, but not discount big box stores.
"It seems everyone is being bullied," Waterstone Homeowners Association President Walt Steadman told the council Monday after some on the council argued that leaving the property residential would eventually cause school crowding. "If council allows this rezoning, we could have other property owners want to do the same thing."