Downtown Florence to see new restaurant and parking garages

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The City of Florence is looking into building parking garages downtown to help alleviate some of the parking problems all of the new traffic in the area is bringing in.

A new business being added to Downtown Florence is 1031 American Grill. The burger and milk shake bar, located on the south end of Dargan, will be the first of its kind in Downtown Florence. Restaurant leaders say the new restaurant will bring numerous jobs to the area.

"We are hiring cashiers, food runners, cooks and a supervisor positions," said Hovan.

In all, Jason Hovan says 1031 American Grill will add about 20 jobs to Florence's work force. And that business isn't the only one that will pack jobs into Downtown Florence over the next several months.

"In addition to 1031, there will be two other restaurants opening that we know of in the downtown area," said Florence Downtown Development Manager Ray Reich.

And with the addition of more traffic coming downtown, many people are wondering where everyone will park.

"Our hope is that we will be under construction by this summer, and the nice thing about parking garages are that they're pretty modular so it doesn't take as long to build as a typical commercial structure," said Reich.

The space behind the Florence County Complex is just one the areas currently being considered for the parking garages. The other area would be next to the new museum going up along Cheves Street.

"We know from talking to various industries that if they do not locate into an area with a vibrant and charming downtown with restaurants and housing and niche retail, they have a difficult time recruiting quality workers," said Reich.

"We are really trying to bring people downtown to the new museum, the performing arts center," said Hovan.

If you're interested in snagging one of those new positions at 1031 American, you can drop by and pick an application.

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