Soccer at Greenville’s White Horse Plaza?


White Horse Plaza considers mixing soccer, shopping

About 15 teams express interest in indoor soccer hall, outdoor fields

March 29, 2008

By Angelia Davis

An indoor soccer hall and outdoor soccer fields are additions being considered for White Horse Plaza shopping center by its new California-based owners.

White Horse Plaza LLC of Newport Beach recently purchased the 170,950-square foot shopping center for $7 million, according to Greenville County real estate records.

Sam Ivey, a real estate advisor for Sperry Van Ness, one of the nation’s largest commercial brokerage firms, said the new owners plan to improve the property, including remodeling the signage and repaving the asphalt.

They will also be “building out and hopefully leasing” the rear portion of the former Wal-Mart store, said Ivey, who assisted in the sale of White Horse Plaza.

“They’re talking to multiple possible tenants about either doing a night club or a concert venue. We’ve even talked to a group that was talking about doing an indoor soccer league there because it’s a pretty big space,” he said.

The new owners are also looking at one or possibly two out parcels for the West Blue Ridge Drive side front of the property, Ivey said.

The property also includes 10 acres directly behind the shopping center that back up to a railroad. That area could potentially be cleared, graded, and leveled to accommodate soccer fields.

“With the heavy Latino population there, we’ve got literally 15 or 16 soccer teams that wanted to have access to such a place because apparently there are not any nearby county fields or parks for them to play on. So, it could be a good fit for them, as well as draw some traffic to the shopping center,” Ivey said.

Located at 6119 White Horse Road, White Horse Plaza was built in 1988 and sits on 30.51 acres of land, according to Sperry Van Ness.

Years ago, Wal-Mart and a Winn-Dixie grocery store anchored the center. In 1999, Wal-Mart moved into the new White Horse Commons shopping center on the opposite site of the highway. Winn-Dixie and other businesses departed shortly thereafter.

White Horse Associates, a group of Atlanta investors, purchased the plaza in 2001. They redeveloped the shopping center and leased to new tenants.

The center is 96.45 percent occupied, according to Sperry Van Ness.

Fred’s, New China Super Buffet, Citi Trends, and Dollar General are in portions of the former Wal-Mart store. But the rear of the store, more than 30,000 square feet has remained vacant since Wal-Mart left, Ivey said.

“When you look at it from the front, it looks like a full shopping center. But there is a suite between Fred’s and JC Hair Land that actually provides access on the storefront side (of the old Wal-Mart) to the rear of the Wal-Mart space which is quite large,” Ivey said.

“Its use really does lend itself to a concert venue, a nightclub venue, or indoor soccer,” he said. “It’s a big open hall back there.”

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