A purveyor of gourmet pizza from Charleston is the first tenant to take space in a new development underway along Mohawk Drive where it connects to Wade Hampton Boulevard in the North Main area.
Greenville developer Ron Rallis said he plans to create a total of 10,000 square feet of new restaurant, retail or office space by renovating an existing brick complex where the Shinola art and antiques store used to be.
The only tenant that’s signed a lease so far is D’Allesandro’s Pizza, which is taking 1,500 square feet for its first foray outside of Charleston.
Rallis said he hopes to put a complementary brewery in a 2,500-square-foot space that will open onto a 5,000-square-foot courtyard for patrons and neighbors.
He talked to Blue Ridge Brewing Co., a restaurant and brewpub that was on Main Street before moving to Greer, but it needed 5,000 square feet of space and he couldn’t meet city parking requirements for a restaurant of that size.
“We’ve been in talks with more than 20 restaurants and received five or more [letters of intent],” Rallis said. “However, we were looking for the right fit for the neighborhood.”
Rallis said construction work began last week, and the renovation is scheduled to be finished at the end of March.
He plans units ranging in size from 1,000 square feet to 2,500 square feet, but said he’d connect and enlarge units for the right user.
For rent, he’s asking $25-30 per square foot. Leasing is being handled by John Gray of NAI Earle Furman.
Rallis owns other property in the area, including the building that used to house the Handlebar music venue. He’s leased the upstairs of that building for event space and the downstairs for a bowling alley.