SPARTANBURG — A Chick-fil-A inside of Specialty Row at Hillcrest is relocating between Chipotle and the former Ruby Tuesday inside of the Eastside Spartanburg shopping center.
The restaurant on 1993 E. Main St. will be a new outparcel building that’s around 1,000 square feet larger than the current 4,200-square-foot restaurant. There will be two drive-thru lanes that flow into the general parking lot area of the shopping center.
“I think this will be a move in the right direction and should hopefully alleviate the traffic concerns that were created by the layout of the current one,” said Santiago Mariani, a member of the city of Spartanburg’s Planning Commission and a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, C. Dan Joyner, REALTORS.
The site plan for the new location was brought before the city’s planning commission during a meeting on March 16, having previously been approved by the city’s planning department, Mariani said.
Construction of the new location could began this year.
The current Chick-fil-A sits on a corner within the shopping center that’s near an exit and entry point. Due to the restaurant’s drive-thru and people coming in and out of the shopping center, overflow from the traffic spills onto East Main Street.
There are currently no known tenants that will occupy the space once the restaurant relocates.
“It’s exciting to see this new life being injected into Hillcrest and into the eastside,” Mariani said.
Some of the newer tenants within the shopping center are Five Below, Tropical Smoothie Café, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Joy Crab Boiling Seafood & Bar.
Up the street from Specialty Row at Hillcrest there are two retail plazas across from one another that will be revitalized and welcome new tenants.
Webber Plaza on 2601 E. Main St. is set to get more food and beverage oriented tenants, outdoor seating, patio space, green space and facade improvements. Renovations for the site have begun.
The other shopping center, Le Baron Plaza on 2600 E. Main St., is set to have space for five to six tenants, a new parking lot and a structure within the plaza that will sell desserts.