What’s Next for All These Vacant Upstate Grocery Stores?


vacant storeSitting at high-traffic intersections along some of the Upstate’s busiest roads, grocery stores and big box retailers are among of the community’s most visible assets — by design.

So when they close, those vacancies stand out like a sore thumb.

Several readers reached out to Upstate Lowdown looking for answers regarding the future of stores like the recently shuttered Bi-Lo on Fernwood Drive in Spartanburg, or properties like the old Ingles near the intersection of Asheville Highway and Pisgah Church Road that has been empty for years. Upstate Lowdown is a Herald-Journal and feature that allows readers to ask questions for the newspaper to answer.

But in this case, there are no easy answers. The stores’ parent companies aren’t talking, and commercial real estate agents will tell you that these are tough properties to sell.


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