Downtown Florence Redevelopment Continues


Widely seen as the catalyst of private investment coming into downtown, the Hotel Florence will mark its one-year anniversary with thanks to those who came before it and praise to those who continue to come downtown in a time span that saw much change.

The adjacent Barringer building came online in December with Kate McAllister’s Mainstream Boutique on the ground floor and Corey E. Phillips’ Edward Jones office on the second floor next door to the Raines Hospitality offices.

The Waters building, on North Dargan, is expected to be complete by late April. That would represent a blockbuster year in downtown for the growing Raines Hospitality Inc. that co-owner Grey Raines says is helping grow downtown.

“We have built our own clientele, and that is very important for us from a success standpoint, that we’re not just seeing overflow from the hotels at the interstate,” Raines said. “We’re seeing a Hotel Florence clientele. They want that unique experience they desire from a very good restaurant like Victor’s, a full-service bar with great menu items, and every month things have only improved.”


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