Peanut Warehouse in downtown Conway seeking large renovations

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Since the late 1800s the Peanut Warehouse has been a staple in Conway, and since the late 1800s, it's been falling apart.

"We're gonna have to replace a lot in this building," explains Owner Egerton Burroughs while ripping a board off the building.  

Burroughs took over leadership of the building in January and says it simply wasn't safe enough to keep hosting weddings, reunions, and other special events.

It's just a blessing that something terrible didn't happen here before," Burroughs said.

Burroughs says an inspection early this year made apparent all the neglect and deferred maintenance the building had seen over the years.  The wood is rotting, the foundation is falling apart, and the holes in the walls and roof allows water to come pouring inside.

Always optimistic, Burroughs believes the building will be as good as new if they can rebuild it the right way.

"It's kind of like me," laughed Burroughs. "If I could be rebuilt and get a second wind, it'd be a blessing, but it's going to take a lot to rebuild me; a lot of prayers and a lot of money, and it's going to be the same for this."

Burroughs says the company acknowledges their part in the building's condition and hopes the community will let them make things right. 

"For us to let these buildings deteriorate and cause a problem in the community, that was about as embarrassing as it gets," said Burroughs.

For the Peanut warehouse to be back in business, it will need insulation, a sprinkler system, a functional kitchen, new foundation, and much more. Until then, the building with decades of history will remain locked up... at least until its future is figured out. 

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