The dirt turning at Mill Creek Commons represents new retail growth in Lake Wylie.
Located at the Three Points intersection of S.C. 557 and 274, Mill Creek Commons began construction last week on a 117,000-square-foot Lowe's Home Improvement store. The center also will include a Wal-Mart Supercenter, though final plans for that store have not been submitted to York County. Both stores closed on their properties Jan. 9.
"We're excited to bring this project to Lake Wylie," said David Niekamp, director of retail development for developer Crescent Resources. "This will be a significant shopping hub for this growing community."
The Wal-Mart should add about 350 jobs to the area when it opens in the fall of 2009. Lowe's will add another 175 jobs and could represent an investment of up to $18.5 million in the community, according to a press release.
Company spokeswoman Maureen Rich said the new Lowe's should look similar to other Lowe's stores in the area.
Final plans have not been received by York County for the Wal-Mart or for any of the outparcel spaces filling the rest of the 75-acre Mill Creek Commons project, assistant planning director Rich Whipple said.
"We're not even sure what that looks like yet," Whipple said.
Whipple also said no commercial plans have been received for projects at the old Five Points area in Lake Wylie or at the Crescent-owned property nearer the lake where McDonald's now sits.
"We kind of expected more plans to come in during the holidays, but we didn't get them," Whipple said.
As the county waits for more commercial growth, local properties continue to add more business to the booming stretch of S.C. 49 between Buster Boyd Bridge and Three Points.
Here's an update on other Lake Wylie area projects:
Shoppes at the Landing
Will Jordan, broker with The Tuttle Co. in Rock Hill, said only two of the nine large pads facing S.C. 49 have not been sold at Shoppes at the Landing, which already boasts of a Goodyear, BB&T bank and Papa John's. The owners of the remaining spots have not yet said what businesses will be placed there, Jordan said.
"We do have a lot of interest," he said. "Some folks are waiting to see what they want to do."
In the strip shopping center behind the pads facing S.C. 49, several businesses are up and running, including Curves, Nail Palace, Lake Wylie Hobby, H&R Block and Wilkins Design Group. Shearz hair cuttery opened last Thursday. Only two remaining spots need tenants -- a 1,460-square-foot end space and a 5,500-square-foot center space.
"It's pretty much first come, first served, but we would love to have a restaurant there," said Kathy Fajt, commercial broker with Lane Realty. "Not a fast-food restaurant, but some kind of a sit-down place -- nothing too fancy but a nice, family place."
Lake Wylie Business Centre
Within the Shoppes at the Landing project is the Lake Wylie Business Centre, home to several new businesses since opening last fall. Already signed on are the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce, Rinehart Realty, Lake Wylie Family Chiropractic, About Face Skin Therapy, Tolbert Properties, International Agency, Association Management Solutions, Research Resources International and Zuny Interiors.
"We're already a fairly mature business, so location's not really an issue for us," said Dr. Alan Hartley of Lake Wylie Family Chiropractic, who recently moved his business to the center. "We just liked the environment here. It's a little off the road, a little quieter. We love it."
Only a handful of spots remain at the pre-constructed buildings at Lake Wylie Business Centre.
Though technically in Charlotte, RiverGate at N.C. 49 and Hwy. 160 is attracting an assortment of shoppers to the area.
About 40 businesses now call RiverGate home, with several smaller stores setting up shop recently to go along with anchors Super Target and Home Depot. Cold Stone Creamery, an ice cream shop, will hold a grand opening on Saturday. Other recent openings include Rue21, Schakolad k Factory and Smoothie King. Businesses at RiverGate include retail and dining, from national chain stores to local businesses.