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Old 02-01-2010, 11:39 AM
 
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I know I'm asking a lot here, but does anyone have any idea how much it would cost to rent a very small storefront in downtown Greenville? We are hoping to retire there (from NJ) and would like to open up a small shop. Say for wedding invitations, or small coffee/tea shop (probably neither of those, but about that size). Don't need much space, just a small shop.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:00 PM
 
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Have seen space in downtown Greenville advertised for up to about $20 a square foot (sometimes more and sometimes less). Compared to the price for storefronts in the NY/NJ area Greenville is reasonable. Then of course if you get a good broker that works with commercial real estate you should be able to negotiate on price.

Good luck
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I know I'm asking a lot here, but does anyone have any idea how much it would cost to rent a very small storefront in downtown Greenville? We are hoping to retire there (from NJ) and would like to open up a small shop. Say for wedding invitations, or small coffee/tea shop (probably neither of those, but about that size). Don't need much space, just a small shop.
That's awesome you are looking at downtown Greenville for a small tea/coffee shop. Rents do vary widely. I would check loopnet.com to see listings for available spaces in the downtown area.
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:55 PM
 
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Not being from the area, all I know about Greenville is that I visited downtown one day (from NJ) and thought "THIS is where I want to open a shop" My wife and i always watch Ghost Whisperer and think, if we could just find a town like the town her antique shop is in, we should move there. That is the feeling I got from downtown Greenville. I think I was on N. Main St, or S. Church St. Somewhere by the walking bridge over water. (Sorry for being so ignorant of your fine city). Can someone recommend what streets I should look for on loopnet.com? Greenville is a large area, but I think downtown is where I was when I was so thrilled with the area. (Or am I totally wrong about thinking downtown is a good place for a small retail business?)
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:10 PM
 
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Not being from the area, all I know about Greenville is that I visited downtown one day (from NJ) and thought "THIS is where I want to open a shop" My wife and i always watch Ghost Whisperer and think, if we could just find a town like the town her antique shop is in, we should move there. That is the feeling I got from downtown Greenville. I think I was on N. Main St, or S. Church St. Somewhere by the walking bridge over water. (Sorry for being so ignorant of your fine city). Can someone recommend what streets I should look for on loopnet.com? Greenville is a large area, but I think downtown is where I was when I was so thrilled with the area. (Or am I totally wrong about thinking downtown is a good place for a small retail business?)
With 100 plus restaurants (almost all local owned) and quaint shops / galleries, downtown is definitely where you want to be. Downtown is divided into a couple of major zones...City Center and West End....the river / waterfalls divide the city. Look for anything on Main Street, Washington, McBee, North, Brown, Pendleton, Court. As some of these streets are long and run out of downtown, you'll want to check that the location (address) is indeed downtown.

Downtown gets a good amount of affluent weekend tourist from Atlanta who come for the quaint attitude and a quick getaway.

You are correct about the downtown Greenville vibe...I've often seen it referred to as a "Norman Rockwell" painting or a "latte town". Downtown definitely shines.
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Old 02-03-2010, 10:54 AM
 
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Please keep us posted. I'm from NJ too and thinking about Greenville too.
Also love Pawleys Island but think the job situation is better in Greenville.
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Old 02-03-2010, 11:07 AM
 
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Please keep us posted. I'm from NJ too and thinking about Greenville too.
Also love Pawleys Island but think the job situation is better in Greenville.
Thanks, I will! Although I have my heart set on a shop in Greenville, my wife is in the isurance business so she is leaning toward Charlotte, NC since that seems to be the hub for most insurance companies. Maybe we can live half way between and she can commute an hour north to Charlotte while I commute an hour south to Greenville.
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:54 AM
 
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Quick question, have you moved down south? Did you go to Greenville or Charlotte? If you opened your shop, let me know.
Finally going to Greenville this summer.
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