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Old 06-11-2015, 08:31 AM
 
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There is speculation Kroger is seeking to construct and open a store in Blythewood.

Two grocers operate in Blythewood:
  • Food Lion #2604; 740 University Village Drive, Blythewood, South Carolina 29016-7611
  • IGA; 135 Blythewood Road, Blythewood, South Carolina 29016-8426
Kroger's nearest store, presently in the construction process, would be store #678 at Killian's Crossing.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:44 AM
 
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Interesting. Blythewood is an underserved market.

It seems there is a new Kroger rumor every week!
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Old 06-11-2015, 10:00 AM
 
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Blythewood is an underserved market indeed through present and future growth in northern Richland and southern Fairfield counties.

Kroger's possible arrival would create competition against Food Lion #2604 and IGA, and provide another pharmacy option beside Blythewood Pharmacy (710 University Village Drive Suite C, Blythewood, South Carolina 29016-7611).
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Old 06-11-2015, 03:44 PM
 
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Blythewood is an underserved market indeed through present and future growth in northern Richland and southern Fairfield counties.

Kroger's possible arrival would create competition against Food Lion #2604 and IGA, and provide another pharmacy option beside Blythewood Pharmacy (710 University Village Drive Suite C, Blythewood, South Carolina 29016-7611).

Southern Fairfield County? I can imagine that it would serve Southern Fairfield.. but I dont know if there will be any "growth" there.....
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Old 06-11-2015, 10:16 PM
 
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The Blythewood food retailing and pharmacy market should be able to attract customers from Ridgeway. Winnsboro is the other nearest market.
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Old 06-12-2015, 12:36 PM
 
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Southern Fairfield County? I can imagine that it would serve Southern Fairfield.. but I dont know if there will be any "growth" there.....
I guess you don't follow economic development projects. The Giti Tire plant was listed as #3 in Site Selection mag's top deals of 2014 in North America. It will be in Richburg right off I-77 about 35 miles from Blythewood. Bomag's new North America headquarters is in Ridgeway. There is a new econ dev group dedicated solely to bringing big projects to I-77 from Richland to York. Blythewood and the surrounding areas will most certainly be growing.
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Old 06-12-2015, 12:49 PM
 
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I guess you don't follow economic development projects. The Giti Tire plant was listed as #3 in Site Selection mag's top deals of 2014 in North America. It will be in Richburg right off I-77 about 35 miles from Blythewood. Bomag's new North America headquarters is in Ridgeway. There is a new econ dev group dedicated solely to bringing big projects to I-77 from Richland to York. Blythewood and the surrounding areas will most certainly be growing.
Hard to see how Giti will help southern Fairfield anytime soon. I wasn't aware of any sort of headquarters in the Ridgeway area, but that is certainly good news.

I think the poster's point, which is largely accurate, is that Fairfield County is not exactly a hotbed of growth. Blythewood is growing because of its status as a desirable Columbia exurb, not because it is close to Fairfield County.
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:28 PM
 
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It's hard to get through to the posters who are totally focused on downtown Columbia. I love Columbia, but my husband and I moved to NE Richland (Lake Carolina to be exact) because of the great jobs in outlying areas, extremely low crime, and the excellent schools in Richland 2 -- not because it's a "Columbia exurb." A lot of people who live out here are manufacturing/distribution executives. Giti will start hiring soon (1700 manufacturing/distribution jobs), and NE Richland and even Fairfield County will see growth because of the coming ED projects.
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:39 PM
 
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It's hard to get through to the posters who are totally focused on downtown Columbia. I love Columbia, but my husband and I moved to NE Richland (Lake Carolina to be exact) because of the great jobs in outlying areas, extremely low crime, and the excellent schools in Richland 2 -- not because it's a "Columbia exurb." A lot of people who live out here are manufacturing/distribution executives. Giti will start hiring soon (1700 manufacturing/distribution jobs), and NE Richland and even Fairfield County will see growth because of the coming ED projects.
I understand. There is more to the Midlands than downtown Columbia, but it is hard to argue that the jobs, good schools, and development in Northeast Richland would be there without the economic driver of Columbia.
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Old 06-12-2015, 04:58 PM
 
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It's hard to get through to the posters who are totally focused on downtown Columbia. I love Columbia, but my husband and I moved to NE Richland (Lake Carolina to be exact) because of the great jobs in outlying areas, extremely low crime, and the excellent schools in Richland 2 -- not because it's a "Columbia exurb." A lot of people who live out here are manufacturing/distribution executives. Giti will start hiring soon (1700 manufacturing/distribution jobs), and NE Richland and even Fairfield County will see growth because of the coming ED projects.
Lake Carolina wouldn't exist if it wasn't a suburb of Columbia. As far as Fairfield County is concerned, it's been losing population for years so I doubt that's going to change much in the short term. Giti may hire a few people from Fairfield County, but there are plenty of other places (York, Chester, Lancaster) with workers, too. Fairfield County barely has 20,000 people.
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