New Construction Projects Popping Up Throughout Pee Dee


August 23, 2008

By Candace Jarrett – Morning News Reporter

New businesses are popping up throughout the Pee Dee every day, it seems.

The arrivals of Heinz, Monster and a new Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Florence have all been announced, but here are some things that haven’t.

Driving down Hoffmeyer Road, you’ll not only see the signs for the new supercenter, but also a new retail center right next door to West Florence High School called the Village At Windsor.

Todd Walker — president of Walker Industry, the construction company on the project — also is the owner of the retail space.

“It’s a retail shopping center,” he said. “There are seven stores total, including Bravo Event Solutions and Firehouse Subs.”

Walker said the construction slowdown across the nation hasn’t hit Florence, and he said this project should be complete in six weeks.

“The economic hardships had scared some people away, but for the most part, people are continuing on,” he said. “Some other projects we are working on include adding onto the Greek Orthodox church along with CHOiCES Charter School and the (Florence) Boys & Girls Club.”

Radio Drive near Florence Civic Center has changed dramatically during the past few years as many hotels, restaurants and department stores popped up on the scene and the growths seems to continue.

A new AT&T store next door to Chili’s soon will be opening with additional space for another retail area.

There’s also construction going on at the site of another Marriott hotel — Residence Inn — that will be beside Springhill Suites by Marriott.



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