Clover SC Main St economic development strong in 2021, 2022

New residential and business growth have come to the Clover, S.C., starting downtown where shops…

New residential and business growth have come to the Clover, S.C., starting downtown where shops have overcome COVID challenges to open and thrive.

New residential and business growth have come to the Clover, S.C., starting downtown where shops have overcome COVID challenges to open and thrive.

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Editor’s note: This story is part of a series looking at economic development activity throughout York County, both in 2021 and into 2022. Responses have been edited for space.

Clover is a northwestern York County town with a burgeoning downtown and a growing residential base. Both those trends are expected to continue in 2022.

Town administrator Allison Harvey is the staff contact for the town economic development board. Harvey is involved with the planning commission and other town departments that deal with new growth.

Harvey sees new activity on the horizon, starting in the heart of town.

What are some of the biggest business openings, projects or success stories in Clover for 2021?

Clover was very fortunate to see several new businesses open on historic Main Street. Scoops Ice Scream Shop, Vault Bottle Shop and several retail shops opened in 2021. These new businesses not only opened during the COVID pandemic, but are thriving.

As the calendar turns to 2022, what’s the biggest ongoing economic development project in Clover? How will it change Clover?

Other than the extraordinary residential development occurring in our town, which will continue into 2022, the biggest project for us will be the expansion of Munzing. This industry specializes in chemical additives and plans to build a new facility in 2022. This will be a major investment in the town of Clover.

What’s a major business development effort that will happen in 2022 that people may not know much about yet?

The town was recently accepted in the Main Street South Carolina program. Under this program, the town will learn how to better assist our existing small businesses and attract new businesses to serve our growing population. The program will include a dedicated staff person, participation and input from local businesses, and a professional study to help us identify opportunities and resources.

What’s the biggest business challenge Clover faces in 2022?

Available buildings and property for commercial development.

This story was originally published December 31, 2021 9:08 AM.

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John Marks graduated from Furman University in 2004 and joined the Herald in 2005. He covers community growth, municipalities, transportation and education mainly in York County and Lancaster County. The Fort Mill native earned dozens of South Carolina Press Association awards and multiple McClatchy President’s Awards for news coverage in Fort Mill and Lake Wylie.
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