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Changes coming to Haywood Road

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Big changes are coming to Haywood Road. New restaurants are soon to open, construction is popping up, and starting May 9, the city of Greenville and Duke Energy will move more power lines underground.

City officials said Friday that burying those lines will make the area near Haywood Mall more aesthetically pleasing. 

"It's a great area, in Greenville it is kind of traditionally known as a commercial hot spot, obviously you have the Haywood Mall there," said Stephen Harrill a commercial broker with Berkshire Hathaway Joyner Commercial. 

Harrill sells commercial property in the Upstate and across the state. He said Haywood Road is a great spot for retailers to look for locations to open. 

"Big boxes don't want to be a pioneer into an area but if they see other similar businesses in the area that are thriving then that will give them a little extra motivation to explore the area."

Panera Bread moved locations from their old building on Haywood Road, and another large chain soon to open is The Cheesecake Factory at the Haywood Mall.

Mall management released this statement Friday: "We're all thrilled to welcome The Cheesecake Factory! This addition perfectly complements our ever-growing retail and restaurant mix. Haywood Mall’s ongoing focus, in conjunction with our multi-phase renovation and style evolution process, is to further diversify and strengthen our property by offering enhanced options. This well-known and highly-anticipated restaurant addition helps Haywood Mall continue our commitment to better serve the Greenville and Upstate community.” 

"Greenville as a whole, is growing a lot," said Harrill. Locally owned stores along Haywood Road are feeling the growth in their own businesses. 

"From the time I started working until now, you can see a big pick up. And you have businesses starting to move in across the street too, so that's really helping," said Jeff Crane. 

Crane is a salesman at the Greenville Running Company across from the mall. He said the store owner opened up shop at their location a few years ago."He saw business starting to boom early and so decided to move on over here," said Crane. 

In their shopping center alone, there are two large retail spaces up for sale. 

In addition to moving the power lines underground, the city and Duke Energy will add new mast arm traffic signals to make the area more appealing. Officials said project should be complete by October. 

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