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New business adds to allure of rebuilt shopping center

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GREENVILLE, Pitt County - A few months ago this shopping center looked nothing like it does today. In a few more months, it'll look even more different.

Construction in Greenville Square has been going on for over a year. On Monday, another store opened to join Publix. Bad Daddy's Burger Bar is a restaurant that already has several locations in North Carolina. General manager Tommy Melson hopes the restaurant will do well in Greenville.

"Obviously Publix moving in was a huge first step in the process," Melson said. "We're very thrilled to be step number two.

"I know we've got some neighbors moving down the way over here. They're still working on some renovations I guess for the rest of them behind us but it's going to be a beautiful facility when its finished."

Some other stores expected to move into Greenville Square include Fleet Feet Sports, Five Star Nutrition and Tuesday Morning, which will open on Friday. The owner of the shopping center, Brody Company, told us it's important to re-purpose old shopping centers to meet the current needs of a growing city.

Marvin Staten, owner of Heel-Sew Quick, hopes to see the changes real soon.

"I'm hoping that I can get back to where I was a year ago in the next two years," Staten said. "We've been down about 40 - 60 percent because of the construction. And we're slowly word of mouth building back up.

"We started out at Carolina East Mall, they tore it down. Moved to Carolina East Center, they tore that down. Moved to Greenville Square--they halfway tore that down but they're building it back up now."

Interim Mayor Kandie Smith said at Monday's ribbon cutting revitalization is key for economic development in Greenville.

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