Cason Development Group has announced the development of The Shoppes at Fox Manor, a redevelopment of the 3.4-acre Mitchell/Hendrix property in Batesburg-Leesville in Lexington County.
The Shoppes at Fox Manor fronts East Church Street adjacent to Wal-Mart in the growing Leesville commercial district and includes three retail parcels – two at the front of the property and one in the rear.
A Taco Bell will be the first project at the Shoppes at Fox Manor. Completion is expected in the first quarter of 2017. The other two parcels are available for purchase or build to suit, said Frank Cason, owner of Cason Development Group in Columbia.
Cason is developing The Shoppes at Fox Manor under an agreement with property owners Frank and Kim Fox who had tried for over a decade to sell the Mitchell/Hendrix house and property. But as the area trended more and more commercial –it became apparent that redevelopment was the only way to go. The traditional means of selling the large historic house didn’t work and it got too expensive to live there, Fox said. “Frank (Cason) has been the only one that could do anything with it.”
Commercial growth along East Church Street, which began with the opening of Wal-Mart in 2006, has accelerated significantly in the last year. In the past 12 months, Batesburg-Leesville has seen more than $10 million in development, $8 million of which has been new development, said Ted Luckadoo, Batesburg-Leesville town manager.
Other restaurants, including a Hardees, are planned for the area around The Shoppes at Fox Manor. A Herlong Chevrolet Buick auto dealership already is under construction across the street at East Church and North Hendrix streets, and ground was recently broken for an O’Reilly Auto Parts store less than a quarter mile away.
Along with the redevelopment comes jobs. The Batesburg-Leesville Taco Bell alone is expected to hire 40 workers, said Gary Feathers, a partner in the restaurant.