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Anderson’s Pruitt Shopping Center to be Renovated

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Pruitt Shopping Center slated for renovation

May 29, 2008

By Heidi Cenac – Anderson Independent-Mail

Food Lion’s discussions with Pruitt Shopping Center are on hold, but the owner of the center says he is moving ahead with renovation plans.

Bill Martin said he had been talking to Food Lion about opening a grocery in the shopping center, which sits at North Main Street and Whitehall Road in Anderson. The supermarket has since placed pursuit of that location and a handful of others on hold, Martin said.

He expects a final decision about Food Lion’s plans in mid-June, he said, but he’s not waiting on that development to start working on a renovation of the entire center, which was built more than 30 years ago.

Martin said he is meeting with architects in Greenville about design ideas and cost estimates. The planning process is expected to take two to three months. His goal is to take Pruitt Shopping Center back to its prime while still offering affordable retail space, but residents should look for the renovations to include more than a façade change.

“It’ll be a major transformation when I do it,” Martin said.

Pruitt should start leasing again soon — negotiations were temporarily halted while Martin made plans for its future — and in the meantime, its retailers are open for business with no plans to move.

The owners of Model Barber Shop, KidStuff Boutique, Real Deals Home Décor, and Greeting Cards and Jewelry said customers keep asking if they are leaving, but they are there for the long haul.

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