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Local Motive Brewery in Florence on track to open this spring

Local Motive Brewery is coming to Florence this spring. (Source: Drew Hansen) Local Motive Brewery is coming to Florence this spring. (Source: Drew Hansen)
The upcoming Local Motive Brewery will feature 12 taps and a full menu. (Source: Drew Hansen) The upcoming Local Motive Brewery will feature 12 taps and a full menu. (Source: Drew Hansen)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The Kress Corner in downtown Florence is nearly 100 percent occupied.

It's the corner of Dargan and Evans streets that the city has had its eye on for the past few years.

The next big project is something that started out as a dream that two home brewers had in their garage.

Now, the dream is a reality called Local Motive Brewery, which will open this spring. It's the first brewery to make its mark in downtown Florence.

Owner and brewer Billy McBride said the goal is to start out slow, and he wouldn't want to be anywhere else but in the Kress Corner.

"This block of North Dargan, within the next 16 to 18 months, will look completely different as new buildings are renovated, and I look forward to us being the anchor or cornerstone of the development in North Dargan," McBride said.

The bar will have 12 taps filled with Flagship Local Motive Brews and a few guest South Carolina beers.

According to McBride, the entrance will feature an 18-foot-long community table, high-top seating, booths, and a full lunch and dinner menu.

“Even if you’re a Bud Light drinker or like IPAs, we’ll have everything that you want," he said. "And if you're not much of a beer drinker, we’re going to give you an entertainment option and unique experience where you can see the equipment up and running.”

McBride is hiring all local chefs and there will be job opportunities for servers, bartenders and bus boys within the next three or four weeks.

As far as development in the city right now, McBride thinks it's the best thing for people who live in both the city and county of Florence. 

“The narrative that it’s dangerous, or hard to park or expensive is false,” he said.

McBride stressed that the more than 100 free parking spaces that are accessed through the alleyway right across the street from the brewery, along with the city's repaving of North Dargan Street, will be finished by March 24.

A public hearing will take place Wednesday at the city center for Local Motive Brewery to meet with the design review board about exterior signage.

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