Heritage Square Shopping Center in Summerville getting new life
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) —
The former Heritage Square Shopping Center has a recent history of decay and despair. Abandoned more than a decade ago, those who live in Summerville remember what it used to be and what it turned into.
"It was a K-Mart. And then it was a Star Grocery Store or something. But after that, it was a dump, and there was graffiti on the back. So that means there's unsavory types hanging around,” said Summerville resident Anthony Linkowski.
Construction workers were at work Tuesday resurrecting the shopping center. As they raised the sign for its new anchor tenant, developers spoke about their choice in taking a chance of making it better.
Tim McLellan is in charge of the project for Palmetto State Armory. He says it's a $10 million investment in 12 acres of land near a high-traffic area of Dorchester County.
"I do believe Summerville is really expanding and there's a lot of traffic flow,” McClellan said. “So, it's a good regional area for everybody in the area, you know. It's a good location."
"They looked at it as a good opportunity to place their store here and a challenge to try to fix up the area. And it was just a really good location. It's just been empty forever."
Tuesday, the shopping center was full of promise, with new shops to come for a new wave of shoppers.
The grand opening of Palmetto State Armory is Saturday morning.
Planet Fitness is the next tenant to move in next door, but that won’t happen until early next year.
“Hopefully they’ll all come and shop and be able to realize that we took something old and made it new again,” McLellan said.