Sunday, September 21, 2008

Local Improvements - Two Dunkin Donuts and more

The Herald Bulletin - 10:30 p.m.: 2nd Dunkin’ Donuts on its way:

"HSG Restaurant Group has already begun work on a new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in the 3000 block of Scatterfield Road. On April 14, HSG announced plans for a 2,200-square-foot location, at the corner of 14th and Jackson streets in downtown Anderson.

“There will be two Dunkin’ Donuts in Anderson, both most likely before the end of the year and both owned and operated by HSG,” confirmed Dunkin’ Brands spokeswoman Carrie Reckert on Wednesday. Reckert said the downtown location would not be finished by mid-September, as originally announced."
Meanwhile, check out Ricker's baker at 38th and Columbus.

Car dealer plans $7 million expansion

It might not employ thousands of Anderson’s workers, as in the days when GM ruled the city, but Ed Martin Chevrolet-Cadillac car dealership, a division of GM, has firmly planted itself in Anderson and plans to grow.

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Ed Martin’s expansion has a number of positive effects on the city, Anderson Economic Development Director Linda Dawson said.

“That type of investment increases our tax base, which puts Anderson in a better situation financially,” she said. “When an expansion of that nature happens, it tends to pull more of a regional draw. Their customer base of more regionally oriented (shoppers) brings additional people to Anderson who would not come any other way.”

Economic development always encourages existing businesses to expand as it provides 80 percent of the new jobs to the city, Dawson said.

In the expansion project, the Ed Martin auto group plans to demolish the five smaller Chevy-Cadillac buildings on its lot and build one 12,000-square-foot Chevy-Cadillac showroom. The group also will renovate a former Leath Furniture building on the property, acquired in 2007, into a new 30,000-square-foot Toyota-Scion showroom.

The project also will include renovating the parking lots and lighting and reconfiguring the GM service department. A final phase will determine what to do with the current Toyota-Scion building.

New hotel, senior home expansion OK'd
The city’s Board of Zoning Appeals approved exceptions and variances for the two developments at its meeting Wednesday. The Holiday Inn is planned for the 2300-2400 blocks of East 67th Street on Anderson’s south side, near the Interstate 69 interchange. The senior living addition will be an extension of Bethany Pointe Assisted Living Facility on the 1700-1900 blocks of Bethany Road on the city’s north side, on the grounds of the former Boca Real Golf Course.

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