Major corporations invest in Landrum locations in 2013

Published 4:09 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Two businesses near the interstate gateway of Landrum are in varying stages of planned upgrades.

By the end of the month, Landrum Ingles Market shoppers can expect a refreshed experience with the addition of a Starbucks and a new seafood center, meanwhile Burger King has submitted renovation plans to the city.

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Landrum City Administrator Steve Wolochowicz said he’s optimistic these changes are a strong indicator of the confidence these corporations have in the local market.

“We are seeing more economic development activity compared to the last couple of years and specifically these two items will not only benefit residents but also visitors,” Wolochowicz said. “If people come in to sample the new goods and services provided by these businesses, then hopefully they’ll linger and come downtown.”

Construction started at the end of January on the Ingles’ Starbucks. Work on the location is expected to be complete in time for the store’s grand re-opening Feb. 28.

The new Starbucks will be located next to the floral department, while the seafood will be located where seafood had been in the past. One store manager said the offerings would be much like any other Starbucks location with coffee, pastries and sandwiches.