Greenville

Dickinson Avenue sees continued growth, investment

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - The Uptown Greenville skyline is changing by the week as new businesses and residential spaces move into the area along Dickinson Avenue.

Michael Brandon is the latest business owner to move into a renovated space on Dickinson Avenue.

The 38-year-old has lived in Greenville for several years and has been styling hair since he was 30.

Brandon said, " I think there's such an opportunity to grow here and create the town we want to create."

His new shop, Michael Brandon Styling, is a mix of old and new. The walls are lined with modern pictures of the Greenville landscape paired with barbershop artifacts from the 1930's.

Brandon said, "This is the epicenter of change and growth for Greenville."

Brandon is not the only business owner feeling that way. 

Meredith Hawke with Uptown Greenville said the area along Dickinson Avenue is undergoing a complete transformation.

"Uptown is in absolute full-blown revitalization mode," said Hawke. "Near the center city is changing day by day welcoming all new people to the district."

Hawke said there are 41,000 square feet of retail space currently opened or planned to develop, in the city center.

"It makes you want to live, work, eat, shop and invest right here in Uptown," said Hawke.

There are road improvement projects and a bid out for the old Imperial Tobacco site currently in the works.

Brandon said being on Dickinson Avenue will putt him a cut above the rest.

"I think it is a great thing that Greenville is doing for local businesses owners, to give us a platform to open."

There are plans for a new bar, apartment complex, and transportation center to open along Dickinson Avenue by the end of summer.

 


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