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New Development, New Jobs For The Upstate

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On the busy streets of downtown Greenville, construction continues on the One project on Main Street.

Friday, the first signs of life came in the form of frilly frocks and excited customers at Anthropologie, as the store opened its doors.

"I grew up here," said customer Mary Beth Sanstrum of Greenville, "so I've seen it come from what it was 10 years ago and what it is now, which is nice to see it become more of a commerce area."

Store Manager Hannah Diomataris says the store hired about 40 people to staff the store, even bringing on temporary helpers for the busy first few weeks.

"It's going to be some long hours. My feet are probably going to be hurting but it's well worth it," Diomataris joked.

She says there was a line out the door Friday morning, with customers waiting to get inside.

"I've had a lot of people come up to me, very excited about the potential for more growth," Diomataris explained about the downtown area.

Developers of One say Certus Bank and Tupelo Honey Cafe will soon follow. Retail and office space is filling up fast.

Greenville resident Mike Goll is looking forward to the growth.

"I always thought that downtown needed more retail, so I think it's good to see some upper-end retail coming in to downtown and hopefully people will support it," Goll said.

The signs of support are in other shops too. "Now hiring" signs dot storefronts along Main Street.

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says, the number of people working in the state is at its highest level since 2008.

In February, the largest gains were in the government sector, as well as leisure and hospitality.

The SC DEW reports, the unemployment rate dropped in almost every county across South Carolina last month. It went up in Calhoun County and remained the same in Saluda County.


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