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Conway residents sound off on new valet service coming downtown

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Valet parking is coming to Conway, and people who live and work in Conway are sounding off about the new way to park.

City council approved the franchise agreement Monday with the city for valet service. Shoreline Valet Services will serve the city, according to Adam Emrick, planning director of the City of Conway.

Initial take-off of the program will be at Theatre of the Republic and will offer valet service during evenings.

People downtown Conway were pleased with the decision, saying it's much needed because finding a space downtown when it's busy can be tricky.

Shoreline Valet Services will use a private parking lot to park customer cars, and they'll also be able to use public spots. The plan, the owner of the company said, is also to work with local downtown restaurants eventually- one, in particular.

He said he made the decision to operate in Conway after realizing there weren't many parking options; particularly for the theater and Rivertown Bistro. The owner of the bistro said Thursday he was considering using the valet service for his customers.

People downtown say those are two of the busiest places in Conway, and parking can be a nightmare, especially for business owners whose customers can't get to their spots.

"Well, I think Conway needs it," owner of Terry's Custom Paintings, Jack Terry said. "It's... they've always had- since I've been here 23 years- they've always had a parking problem. There's just no where for people to park to go anywhere. I have 6 parking places in front of my place. Lunchtime, my customers can't even find somewhere to park."

As part of the franchise agreement, the company will also be able to use public parking facilities. Shoreline Valet Services has a facility in North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach.

There is an agreement to sign and other documents regarding insurance before the business service can officially begin.

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