The now-closed Mutual Home Store on Poinsett Street in downtown Greer will be put to new use soon, as a church and medical office prepare to convert building for their respective uses.
The 32,000-square-foot space, which includes what was at one time the old D & D Ford building, will be split about 50-50 between Parkside Pediatrics and Grace Church. It’s one of seven Mutual Home Store locations in the area that have all closed, said Mark Ratchford of KDS Commercial Properties, who is handling sales of the old furniture stores.
Parkside Pediatrics is planning a doctor’s office in its part of the building, along with office space for the practice’s umbrella company, Tribe513, CEO David Martin said. The company plans to have 50 employees to start with, with room to accommodate future growth, he said.
Grace Church, which rents space in Greer, is making a “natural progression” with its Greer presence and purchasing its own space, said Jeff Randolph, the church’s business manager. The Grace Church space will feature a worship area in what used to be an automobile showroom, ministry spaces for both children and students, a large group area and a courtyard.
Both Martin and Randolph were excited about relocating to downtown Greer.
The spot offers good “bang for the buck” by having a downtown feel, access to lunch and coffee options and parking, Martin said. Plus, the building has the history and character the practice was seeking for its company culture.
Randolph said Grace Church plans to have activity at the building seven days a week, which he thinks will be a positive for Greer and its downtown community and economy.
“It’s a place for us to impact Greer,” he said, which fits into the church’s philosophy of contributing to the individual communities in which its nine campuses are located.
Parkside Pediatrics is planning to open by this fall, and Grace Church is looking to move into its new space by spring of 2019.
Written by Gabe Cavallaro, Greenville News