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Greer Commercial Project Could Create 2,000 Jobs

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August 17, 2008

By Nan Lundeen – Greenville News

Developers of a venture slated to be larger than Haywood Mall and targeted for Interstate 85 and State 14 remain committed to the project, according to their spokesman Matthew Van Patton.

“All indications show us moving forward,” Van Patton wrote in an e-mail.

The $295 million project on more than 200 acres touted by some to create 2,000 jobs and $400 million in annual sales at the southeast corner of I-85 and 14 has cleared several hurdles.

Among them are approvals by regulatory agencies, annexations into Greer and a decision by the state Supreme Court upholding a law giving tax breaks to “extraordinary retailers.”

The law was passed to lure retailers, such as Bass Pro Shops, that pull in tourists, legislators have said.

Wryley Bettis, chairman of the Greer Development Corporation board, said, “The last I heard, it’s a go. It’s just moving at a snail’s pace.”

Van Patton said, “We consider things to be right on schedule.” He said earlier he expected the first phase to be completed in 2009.

Anchors haven’t been announced.

Larry Whiteley, a Bass Pro spokesman said the company, “Won’t talk about any speculation or anything like that until they’re ready to announce.” He said he didn’t know whether the Greer site was being considered.

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