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“FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence’s blossoming downtown is about to get an extra boost of culture with a new brewery and pub team planning to open shop on North Dargan Street.
City officials say the pub developers probably will start construction within the next month, with progress ramping up after the holidays.
In its Monday meeting, the Florence City Council unanimously approved a $180,000 incentive package for the project.
Florence Mayor Stephen J. Wukela said the brewery and pub will be an investment of about $550,000 in downtown.
He said after analysis, city staff determined an incentive package would be very beneficial considering the revenue that probably will be generated by the new business.
“This is, I think, a very significant step for downtown Florence,” Wukela said. “There are a variety of periodicals that show the benefit of a craft brewery in growing downtowns. Many would say that one of these existing in an emerging downtown is an indicator that downtown is in fact redeveloped. This is a great thing.”
The group responsible for development has yet to be named. Officials said the brewery will be located at 121 and 123 North Dargan Street. That’s a part of the Kress Corner revitalization project.”