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Drayton Mills Marketplace to have Rick Erwin concept restaurant

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E: Drayton Mills Marketplace on Thursday announced four anchor tenants for the mixed -use, commercial development. From left to right, Tara Sherbert, managing member of TMS Development; Lisa Muehlenbien, owner of Zen Studios; Angela Halstead, vice president of sales and community relations for Caldwell Banker Caine, representing Mozza Roasters and Melotte Enterprises Inc.; Rick Erwin, owner and founder of Rick Erwin Dining Group; and John Montgomery, CEO of Montgomery Development Group. (Photo/Contributed)

A mixed-use development in Spartanburg has announced four anchor tenants for the commercial part of the development.

Drayton Mills Marketplace, which is part of Spartanburg-based Montgomery Development Group’s Drayton Mills project, will have a new concept restaurant from the Rick Erwin Dining Group, a coffee roasting business’ corporate headquarters and shop, a yoga studio and the regional office for Agracel Inc, an industrial developer based in Illinois.

“These anchor businesses represent the caliber of tenant Spartanburg can continue to expect from us,” said John Montgomery, CEO of Montgomery Development Group, in a press release. “We are so fortunate that they’ve chosen to call Drayton Mills home, and we look forward to building on this momentum.”

According to Erwin, the new restaurant will differ from the traditional steak and seafood restaurants. He said the menu will be “traditional American” with “fresh, new menu items made to order.” The new restaurant will include 7,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor dining and will seat approximately 150. The new restaurant is expected to open in the fall of 2016.

“We were originally drawn to Drayton Mills for two primary reasons: No. 1, the long range vision that John Montgomery and his team have for this amazing revitalization project, and No. 2, the recent economic growth that Spartanburg and its downtown area have experienced,” said Rick Erwin, owner and founder of the Rick Erwin Dining Group. “We want to align our strategy for growth with markets that are demonstrating trends of economic growth.”

Mozza Roasters and Melotte Enterprises Inc. will locate its corporate headquarters and a coffee shop inside 4,000 square feet of mixed-use space. The plan calls for a seating capacity of 16 and it is expected to open in the fall of 2016.

Zen Studios plans to open a yoga studio with a massage and fitness studio inside 2,741-square-feet of space. Agracel Inc. will open its southeast regional office to serve North and South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. The company is an industrial developer based in Effingham, Ill. Dean Bingham, president of Agracel, said Spartanburg was the “great example” of a community on the “upswing” which prompted the company’s decision to locate its regional office inside Drayton Mills Marketplace.

“Our Southeast office has experienced tremendous growth since establishing a presence in this market, resulting in 1 million square feet of new development projects across the Carolinas, and the addition of four new associates to our team,” Bingham said, in a press release. “The redevelopment of Drayton Mill best represents Agracel’s past, as well as where we are headed in the future, and we are thrilled to be a part of the growing momentum in Spartanburg.”

The Drayton Mills project includes 289 loft apartments, an event center and 3-mile greenway trail, according to the project website. The Marketplace component is rehabilitating mill warehouses constructed between 1902 and 1950. The Marketplace has over 60,000-square-feet of commercial space. Montgomery Development Group is working with Charlotte-based TMS Development on the project.

Reach Matthew Clark at 864-720-1222.

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