Spartanburg business owners feel growing pains

Millions of dollars worth of projects are underway in Downtown Spartanburg and all of that construction comes with a price to some current business owners.
Millions of dollars worth of projects are underway in Downtown Spartanburg and all of that construction comes with a price to some current business owners.

SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) — With millions of dollars worth of projects underway, downtown Spartanburg is seeing a lot of growth.

But all that new construction comes at a price to some current business owners.

Some say construction vehicles park in customer spaces, making it difficult for customers to shop with convenience.

While everyone is excited about the growth of Spartanburg and its bright future, a few business owners say that construction crews parking in customer spaces impact their bottom line.

There are businesses that put down roots early, before the building boom, like Olive and Then Some on Magnolia Street.

Owner Sandra Burn said the business has been there for four years and she’s seeing downtown’s growth first hand.

“We’re very excited. We think Spartanburg is going to be the new place to be,” Burn said.

However, parking issues created by all of this development is affecting the bottom line for Burn and other business owners.

She and her staff are doing what they can to keep customers coming back. “They can call us when they get to the front door and we’ll run (items) out to them, we have offered to pay for parking in the parking garage,” she said.

Even with those efforts, she says, the business is still taking a hit.

“We’re doing what we can, but it doesn’t seem to be enough to keep our head above water.”

Spartanburg Assistant City Manager Chris Story understands the growing pains.

“There are a couple of locations with short-term challenges, but in the big picture, we believe we are well equipped with the number of downtown parking garages right now.”

City officials say parking issues are a temporary problem, and Story said 65 additional spaces will be created on the west side of town. On the other hand, business owners say they’ll do what they can in order to stay afloat.