Along with the growth of all the new residential developments, another explosion of business growth is being seen at Lake Wylie and along the Highway 49 corridor on both sides of the lake. The year 2016 is already looking to be a dynamic year for job creation, new business openings, expansions of existing businesses and new announcements in Lake Wylie and on the Highway 49 corridor.
A new Sake Express Japanese Steakhouse and Seafood will be built in 2016 at Mill Creek Commons next to the Bank of America on Highway 557 by Lowe’s. Another Lake Wylie restaurant, Fat Cats Oyster Bar located at Plantation Square, changed owners and names in December to Fini’z Oyster Bar and Grill. Echo Consignment, a popular “recycling” shop is doubling its space again. This locally-owned business has had household items and furnishings at one location in Shoppes at the Landing and an upscale clothing resale store. It is now doubling the size of the apparel shop for 2016 located next to Publix in Lake Wylie at its original location.
The big news in Lake Wylie was that Publix finally opened in November after much anticipation by the community and the parking lot seems to be full every day since. Publix is a full service grocer with deli, bakery, and coffee bar and has many gourmet items. It is located at “3 Points” where Highways 49, 274 and 557 come together.
Dr. Ryan Colosi plans to open Lake Wylie Pediatric Dentistry in 2016 and is slated to build a new building on Nautical Lane next to Lake Wylie Professional Center. On the other side of Lake Wylie Professional Center, Morningstar Storage has a plan to build a storage facility on the corner of Nautical and Latitude Lanes at Shoppes at the Landing. This new facility is expected to open by the end of 2016 or early 2017.
Ashley Winter opened Pure Bliss, a yoga studio located at Plantation Square. This new yoga studio complements the various fitness facilities at Lake Wylie.
Lake Wylie Bowl N’ Bounce added more entertainment and fun with its 4600 sq. ft. addition of laser tag and changes to its game arcade. Located at Lakeside West, Bowl N’ Bounce has become a favorite spot for kids of all ages to gather for parties, group activities and family fun.
Many other businesses opened or expanded during 2015. In front of the expanded New River Church building, a new Taco Bell is going in on Highway 49 at Carroll Cove Road.
Anytime Fitness moved and expanded to provide more space for group classes and more equipment.
CrossFit moved from Shops at the Landing to behind Lake Wylie Plaza. YMCA Camp Thunderbird added business and corporate retreats with catering and options for team building and business development training and skill.
River Hills Country Club added a Golf Academy, a dining membership and many new member features.
River Hills Marina renovated its conference center and is adding overnight guest facilities for their members’ guests and by referral. Many Lake Wylie businesses are growing and thriving as they expand and adapt to meet the needs of the growing community.
Across the bridge in Steele Creek near Highways 49 and 160, a new T.J. Maxx, Five Below store, salon and restaurant are under construction between the Publix and Goodwill in the new Steele Creek Crossing which are slated to open this spring.
Across the road in RiverGate shopping center, River Bleu Steak and Fish, a new restaurant located where City Tavern used to be, opened and offers a large variety of wines with upscale casual dining. Kirkland’s and Brownlee Jewelers also opened in Rivergate before the holidays.
Under construction at the entrance to CMC- Steele Creek are Jimmy John’s, a new mattress store and a Starbucks which will all be next to the new Taco Bell.
As you can see, the Highway 49 corridor and Lake Wylie Gateway is a hot location for both new and expanding businesses.
More residential neighborhoods mean more customers for area businesses. Support our local businesses as they support the community and create many jobs in the area.