A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of June 20, 2016
Lululemon, Happy + Hale plan Main Street store in Greenville
National athletic apparel company lululemon athletica and Raleigh-Durham-based restaurant Happy + Hale are both planning to open in storefront space along Main Street in Greenville’s West End this fall. The popular clothing company will occupy 3,000 square feet of ground floor retail space at 600 S. Main St., in the new mixed-use project, Falls Park Place. The six-story project is located at the corner of Falls Park Drive and Main Street directly across from Falls Park and next door to the Subway restaurant. Happy + Hale, which offers signature salads, bowls, wraps, made-to-order smoothies, and fresh-pressed juice, will open in a 3,000-square-foot space adjacent to lululemon.
Trampoline park bouncing into Spartanburg
Big Air Trampoline Park, the first indoor trampoline park in Spartanburg, will open its doors at 660 Spartanburg Boulevard this fall. The 34,000-square foot business will offer ample trampoline space and other attractions for all ages. It’s the first Big Air franchise location outside of California, according to the Big Air USA website.
Projects progress around Downtown
It’s hard to miss construction projects in and around downtown Greenville. The Greenville News is getting answers about the most prominent projects near Main Street. Falls Park Place is a mixed use building being constructed across from the entrance to Falls Park. The six story building will be about 46,000 square feet with space for a restaurant, some retail and either offices or residential space. Early plans also included an open air space on the top of the building. There is no word yet on when the building is expected to be completed.
Greer plant a showcase of BMW’s latest technologies
A bionic “exoskeleton” strapped to a worker’s back that provides pneumatic support to his arms as he lifts them overhead on the assembly line all day. Driverless vehicles hauling parts around the factory floor. A robot that lifts heavy parts unless a human commands it to stop. Those were among the industrial technologies that BMW showed to a group of visiting journalists at its manufacturing complex along Interstate 85 between Greenville and Spartanburg.
New food trailer brings a Canadian classic to Greenville
Sean McCarthy and Ethan Percy have had a busy few months. Not only have the friends and business partners moved to a new city (they moved to Greenville from New York and Tennessee in October), they also quit their jobs to live out their dream of starting a food business. That business, The Gravy Train, will hit Upstate streets in July, becoming the first poutine food trailer in Greenville. Gravy Train will specialize in authentic, homemade poutine, along with fresh biscuits, creative sandwiches and other specialties all done with a touch of southern flair.