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shopping and dining
Greenville is Upstate, South Carolina’s "shopping center." You’ll find a wide range of shopping opportunities ranging from national retailers to antique stores, to high-quality specialty boutiques to factory outlet stores. All are only minutes away from Greenville’s hotels, performing venues and community attractions. If a good meal is what you're shopping for, you can choose from an impressive variety of restaurants ranging from local cuisine favorites to popular national chains.
How many cities can boast a Downtown with over 90 restaurants and a unique
collection of galleries and shops within a comfortable 15-minute walk?
Greenville can! Downtown Greenville has become a favorite destination for
Upstate diners and shoppers who want to experience a unique variety of dining
experiences unmatched in the region.
Downtown restaurants offer a variety of dining choices catering to every taste
and price range. With over 90 restaurants, the choices Downtown offer
tempting menu items for visitors and residents alike. Virtually all of the
restaurants are locally owned one-of-a-kind eateries ranging in cuisine from
Dutch to Thai, Italian to Greek.
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Art galleries, boutiques, and an assortment of specialty shops, most of which
are locally owned and operated, offer choices that cannot be found elsewhere.
Renewed interest in Downtown shopping has created
increased demand for Downtown retail establishments.
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With wide sidewalks, outdoor plazas, and streetside outdoor dining
opportunities, Downtown Greenville offers a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere that
has been compared to that of a European city. Truly, shopping and dining in
Greenville are pleasurable experiences. One of downtown's biggest attractions is Falls
Park on the Reedy, featuring two sets of waterfalls. Located in the West End
area and adjacent to the Peace Center and the new Governor's School, the Park
also has miles of walking and bicycle trails that follow the river along our
Currently there are over
7,000 City owned and operated spaces available. All of these spaces are
available to the public.
A first-class validation program allows downtown merchants to provide free or
discounted garage parking to their customers. All 782 on-street parking spaces
are FREE for downtown customers - no meters, no tokens. These spaces provide
downtown visitors with ample one and two hours worth of convenient curbside
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During the day, the central business district is home to over 17,000 employees
and has become an evening destination for the area, attracting residents and
visitors every night of the week.
Special events and activities such as Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive,
St. Francis Fall For Greenville, BB&T Main
Street Fridays, Gallery Tours, and many others are attracting more and more
visitors each year.
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Shops at Greenridge
Shops at Greenridge is a $64 million retail development along Woodruff Road that
features a number of local and chain retailers, including Ann Taylor Loft, Lowe’s,
Marshalls, PetSmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Swoozie’s, Foxfire, Ulta Salon and
Cosmetics, Talbots, Barnes &
Noble, Off Broadway Shoes, and J. Jill. Greenridge
was developed by Charlotte-based Crosland
Development. Restaurants include Panera
Bread, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Salsarita’s,
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, Red Robin, Mimi’s Café,
and Long Horn Steakhouse.
Augusta Street, or Augusta Road as it is referred to locally, is located less than a mile from Greenville’s central business district. This shopping district is home to a large variety of high-end specialty shops. Fine clothing stores, flower shops, health food markets and decorating resource centers can be found near old-fashioned hardware stores and a wide range of restaurants.
The Augusta Road Business Association (ARBA) is a coalition of businesses established to work together for the betterment and the economic development of the Augusta Road corridor. ARBA currently has over 70 members and holds monthly Board meetings. Membership is open to any business having an interest in Augusta Road. You can visit the Augusta Road Business Association web site at www.onlyonaugusta.com.
The City of Greenville has partnered with the Augusta Road Business Association(ARBA) to facilitate a long term improvement plan for the area. The improvement project is an ongoing process that relies heavily on the active participation of local businesses. Public improvements included the removal and replacement of utility poles, the installation of mast arms at intersections to define the character of the area, and additional landscaping.
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Haywood Road Area
Haywood Road is one of the City’s most vibrant commercial corridors and is composed
of a mix of residential, restaurants, retail, and office developments. The area is a regional shopping destination where you can
find merchants of every description, including nationally-known furniture, jewelry
and home improvement stores, as well as clothing outlets and a host of specialty
retailers. Haywood Road is also home to Haywood Mall, one of the Upstate’s largest
regional malls, which includes over 150 specialty shops, and five major department
stores: Belk, Dillards, Macy’s, JCPenny, and Sears.
The area also has a variety of hotels, such as the Hilton, Courtyard by Marriott,
and Hyatt Place.
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With 725,000 square feet of existing retail and restaurants and another 160,000 square feet opening by the end of 2014,
is one of Greenville’s largest and most popular retail, dining and entertainment destinations. Magnolia Park features the #1 Regal Cinema in NC and SC, Cabela's first large format location in the Southeast, Nordstrom's only offering in the state and the highest performing Costco in SC. The lineup of restaurants and retailers also includes a number of new entrants to the state, including Dave & Buster's, Yard House, Tucano's Brazilian Grill, Cheddar's Casual Café and Firebirds Wood Fired Grill.
West End Market and Historic District
The West End Historic District, known as the arts and entertainment center of the city, is anchored by the West
End Market and Falls Park on the Reedy. While visiting the West End , you can browse through the shops in the West
End Market and surrounding streets, dine in one of the area's unique restaurants, enjoy a theater performance,
or view the progress of the construction of a world-class pedestrian bridge across the Reedy River falls.