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McMaster views Drayton Mills renovation project

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S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster was on-hand Tuesday evening as Drayton Mills Marketplace was showcased as part of an event hosted by the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

The new marketplace — nearly 60,000 square feet — is home to Mozza Roasters, Bella Latte, Merlotte Enterprises, Burn Boot Camp of Spartanburg, Agracel Inc. and the future home of a Rick Erwin concept restaurant called The Standard: A Refined Kitchen.

“Spartanburg County is one of many areas in our state that is in the middle of a resurgence of economic development and prosperity, and the Drayton Mills Marketplace is just another beautiful example of what South Carolinians are capable of,” McMaster said, during his remarks at the event.

The redevelopment includes the marketplace and an additional 10,000 square feet of commercial space to go along with 289 “luxury loft apartments,” according to a news release. The project is rehabilitating mill warehouses that were constructed between 1902 and 1950.

The project is being developed by Charlotte-based TMS Development and Spartanburg-based Montgomery Development Group.

“This project is already revitalizing the Drayton community,” said John Montgomery, CEO of Montgomery Development Group, in the release. “I believe that momentum will continue to grow as we announce new tenants to the marketplace and bring more visitors to this wonderful area.”

During the event, it was announced the television series “Jazzy Vegetarian” will film its sixth season at Drayton Mills. The series is hosted by Laura Theodore, an award-winning recording artist and vegan chef. Filming of the new season is expected to begin in May with the first episode of the season airing on Sept. 15 on Create TV.

“Cooking up some of my personal favorite tasty, healthy, and easy-to-prepare dishes will be at the cornerstone of this exciting new season, all to be filmed in our gorgeous new set at Drayton Mills,” Theodore said, in the release. “I look forward to creating delicious recipes, festive music, and great-tasting meals, all in the comfort of our luxury, loft setting.”

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