Northeast Plaza to receive facelift

The doors at Cherry Road's old Bi-Lo store closed permanently Tuesday night and neighbor Cato clothing store plans to move with the grocery store anchor.

But hope for the aging Northeast Plaza is not lost. New South Properties of Charlotte purchased the plaza for about $6 million earlier this year and hopes to start a renaissance at the worn retail center.

New South plans to give the 1970s-style center a facelift and reconfigure the parking lot, invigorating current businesses and filling open spaces.

"We still think Cherry Road is the road," New South founding partner Will Whitley told The Herald recently. "It's sort of the heart and soul of Rock Hill."

New South officials confirmed this week a tenant has signed on to fill the former Long John Silver's restaurant in front of the plaza, and they're actively pursuing more tenants. Major renovations will begin in January, New South said.