Demolition of Woolworth building in Rock Hill to begin

Demolition of Rock Hill’s former Woolworth building will begin this week. The work is expected to take about nine weeks.

Discussions are underway with a mixed-use developer about using the site on 139 East Main Street, between Dave Lyle Boulevard and Caldwell Street, for a market-rate apartment building with a commercial space facing East Main.

The property is owned by the Rock Hill Economic Development Corp. Demolition of the building and creation of a development-ready site will be completed by MJD Contracting. Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. and S&ME, Inc. are working with MJD Contracting and the city regarding what will be needed to complete the project.

When the demolition is finished, a temporary walkway will be installed connecting East Main Street and the parking lot on White Street. The basement of the removed building will be filled, resulting in a level site when the demolition is finished. A temporary facade also might be installed to improve the appearance of the site and its relationship with other buildings on East Main Street.

City officials say that as part of the demolition work, there will be temporary inconveniences near the demolition site.


The six on-street parking spaces in front of the project site will be closed during some of the project activity to prevent damage to vehicles, ensure safety, and provide a protected walking path when the sidewalk is closed. In the White Street parking lot, some parking spaces will be closed to serve as a staging area for materials and equipment. Parking enforcement in the White Street parking lot (including the Old Town Market area) will be suspended during the demolition project.

East Main Street vehicle traffic

Closure of driving lanes on East Main Street is not expected except for occasional blockages not to exceed 90 minutes each.


Minimal impact to customers’ use of electric, water, or wastewater services are anticipated. City utilities department personnel will keep each affected customer informed of any planned outage.