Businesses expanding to Greenville bypass

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 14, 2004

As Greenville grows the bypass has become a more and more attractive location for businesses. Two such businesses have already taken advantage of the prime location and are in the middle of expansion projects.

The Butler County Bank and Hainje's Inc. Complete Home Furnishings both have new locations under construction and hope to be moved in with in the next four months.

William Johnson, president of Butler County Bank, said things are shaping up nicely.

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"Everything has really been going fine," said Johnson. "Things are coming together nicely."

Johnson said the construction is in the early phases, but things should come together and they should be ready early in the next year.

"As far as the construction itself is concerned I'd say were about 20 percent into it," said Johnson. "Our target date for being in the building and in operation is mid-January."

Johnson said though it is early, the construction has been on schedule. He said the only problems that have come about were normal issues that had been expected.

"It really has been on target," said Johnson. "We've run into a few normal snags on the construction end of things mostly to do with the site work. However, we really do feel like we are going to have one of the better locations in Greenville when it is all said and done."

Johnson felt one of the biggest things the new location would be able to offer is convenience. The bank plans to offer more than substantial facilities to make sure each customer is taken care of fast and efficiently.

"Customers will be able to come in from the bypass and there will be substantial parking," said Johnson. "We will have three drive up lanes, an ATM lane and we'll have ample office space inside. The building itself is supposed to be 4,000 square feet when they are done."

Johnson said the construction has been made easier by the backing of the community. He said the public has been behind them all the way and they hoped to offer them the best facility they could.

"Our support thus far from the public has been very good," said Johnson. "I think it is going to be an attractive business for Greenville."

Hainje's Inc. will join the Butler County Bank next door.

Vic Norris, manager of Hainje's Inc. said the construction for their building is going well too.

"It has been going really well," said Norris. "We are looking at mid to late October to move in."

Norris said the new building would be an impressive structure offering everything needed to run a successful furniture retailer.

"It will be a completely new building fir us with a warehouse and all," said Norris. "We are all excited for the customers and what we will be able to offer them."

Currently, the building housing Hainje's furniture is a two-story structure. Norris said when they move into the new structure it will be far more convenient to have everything on the same floor.

"That will be one big advantage to the new building," said Norris. "We will be able to have everything on the same level. Right now they are on two stories. Once we get the new building it will all be together. That will be much more convenient for our customers."

Both businesses hope to complement each other well and are excited about being neighbors.

"We know we are going to have a good neighbor over there in Hainje's," said Johnson. "They will be putting their business right next to ours and it will be very impressive."