Fort Mill Times

Main Street storefronts under contract in Fort Mill

Shops on Main Street are under contract for sale, which could be complete within 30 days.
Shops on Main Street are under contract for sale, which could be complete within 30 days.

A large chunk of Main Street real estate is being sold, though details as to what is coming or going remain elusive.

Sites at the corner of Main and Confederate streets are being redeveloped. Last year, owner Downtown Partners split a .75-acre site with three Main Street addresses into six parcels, with four addresses on Main and another on Confederate plus the parking lot connecting them. Earlier this year, a buyer emerged for several of them.

Michael Chase with Kanawha Properties has been managing the Main Street properties for more than 15 years, and has a financial interest in them, too. A decision was made to list four Main Street addresses and the parking lot behind them, including the former Knife Shop, Halcyon Hills Photography and Dave’s Comics.

The properties total 8,000 square feet of retail space.

“Those properties have been up for sale for close to a year now,” Chase said. “Three of those properties are currently under contract.”

An agent for the buyer confirmed the property is under contract, but offered no more details citing company policy on pending sales.

Bayles Mack, with Downtown Partners, said he hasn’t heard confirmation on what new business is coming. Closing could come within a month or so, he said.

“I do not know,” Mack said. “I’ve heard speculation, but I do not know for sure.”

The Knife Shop site is cleared out, following the death of owner Bill Richardson earlier this year. Dave’s Comics is still open and the owner said he hasn’t been given notice that he needs to leave. However, the store’s website and Facebook page discuss the store’s closing and mentions a new comic book store opening nearby, but Dave’s Comics owner Dave Hinson said nothing is set in stone until he hears from the storefront’s owner or property manager.

New comic shop

Nik Franks said he plans to open Nikelspot Comics just off Main Street this fall. He will open in the commercial space beside Subway, across from Hardees.

“It’s all finalized,” Franks said. “I’ve already signed the lease and everything.”

Franks grew up in nearby Pineville, N.C., and credits Hinson with growing his interest in comics. Franks began working out of a warehouse in Fort Mill a year ago, after starting a home-based comics collection.

“I’ve done everything basically from my home for the last three years,” he said. “It’s mainly been an Internet, higher-grade comic (business).”

The multi-site sale at Main and Confederate streets would spark the next wave of redevelopment along Main Street, which in recent years added restaurants and retail along with businesses and apartments within walking distance. Earlier this summer, Kuester Commercial began redevelopment of the Old Centre Theatre on Main.

Fort Mill’s first theater, Old Centre closed in the 1970s after a fire and will become more than 6,000 square feet of loft style offices and almost 7,000 square feet of retail or restaurant use. EW Process and Insight Business Solutions were named as initial tenants.