Several years ago, I reported on the boom in development on Highway 67 between the Denmark community and I-16. A number of antique shops had opened - anchored by the already thriving 67 Antique Mall - as well as a couple of restaurants and a physician's office.
Since the economic downturn, several of those have closed including Morgan Creek, the 5,000 square foot restaurant and gift shop located just off of the interstate next to the Georgia Skin Cancer Clinic.
Interestingly, the building has been purchased by Kim and Danny Adams, owners of the neighboring 67 Antique Mall. Kim Adams feels very strongly about this area, specifically, its proximity to I-16.
"I opened my business almost 14 years ago," she said. "I can tell you that the interstate carries us every day, and we have been blessed with a good business. Our annual sales have been down between six and seven percent from the height of the economy, but in comparison to other retailers that is pretty good considering economic conditions over the last three years. I have to attribute that to our access from the interstate."
Adams said that she has a number of customers who will come and spend time in her store, and then ask for restaurant options in the area.
"I really think they want to shop and eat, and I know that Morgan Creek did a very good business," she said. "I really feel that there is enough demand to support two restaurants in this area, including the one next door to us."
Adams said she hopes to lease the building in its entirety without having to subdivide it.
"It is large, and contains a seated restaurant section, a bar section, and an area that could be used as a banquet facility," she said. "We have put a lot of work into it, and the equipment, chairs, tables, etc. are ready to go. The only thing that we have left is the delivery of a large piece of equipment that should be here within two weeks."
Adams said if she had restaurant experience, she may have opened one up herself. "I don't have the training and background for that, and I don't want to stretch myself too thin," she said. "I do feel that for the right person, or people, it would be a great location, and ultimately a success."
Since putting the "For Lease" sign up two weeks ago, Adams said she has had a couple of inquiries.
"We are encouraged with the immediate interest. We will just have to see where it takes us."
So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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