Residents wonder about redevelopment plans for burnt down store

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) Four months after a fire blazed through a Conway meat market, residents are wondering when something new will be built in its place. On September 16, 2012 around 3 a.m., emergency crews were called to tackle what is now described as an electrical fire at the Aynor Conway Meat Market in Conway.

"When I found out it burnt, I was kinda shocked," Ruby Martin said.

Martin said she shopped at the store often. She said having a new shop in place of the now completely charred one would help cut back on the expenses it takes to travel further out of town for fresh meat.

"Gas is getting so high you know," Martin said.

But the meat shop wasn't only close for locals. Teresa Gaddy said shopping there also meant saving a couple bucks when it came to buying her meat.

"They had great deals out there. The meat and stuff was reasonable for us at the time so we never really had any problems out there. I really liked that," Gaddy said.

Conway, Georgetown and Murrells Inlet have meat markets and deer processing shops. But Gaddy agrees- the way gas prices are right now, it's not affordable to travel that far.

"It was always convenient for us because we live like right down the street, instead of just driving out the way like onto the beach just to go to the meat locker. So when it like burnt down, we was like when did it burn down? Like what happened to it?," Teresa Gaddy said.

WMBF News contacted Kenny Barnhill, the owner of the Aynor Conway Meat Market in an effort to find out if there are any redevelopment plans, but we have not received a response to those phone calls.

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