New Comer shopping center goes retro
Old-style building to open in August
BY BEN MUNRO
There’s a lot of effort being put toward making sure that Comer’s newest building looks anything but new.
Forgoing modern styles in favor of nostalgia, Tim Seymour, builder and owner of Markets at Town Center shopping center, is constructing an early-1900s type structure to keep in tradition with Comer’s historic downtown business district.
“It’s just something I wanted to do,” Seymour said. “I wanted it to be keeping with the older buildings in the area.”
The shopping center is located on Gholston Street, near the intersection of Hwy. 72.
Seymour said he’s about two weeks away from paving the parking lot, while the building itself is almost being ready for the “build-out” inside.
The 15,000 square-foot building has gone up fast since it was framed three months ago. Seymour projects that Markets at Town Center will open in early August.
“Probably in about two months, we’ll have businesses opening up,” he said.
Bucking contemporary trends, the Carlton developer decided to pour concrete walls during construction.
“You don’t hardly ever see any poured concrete walls in a new commercial building now days,” Seymour said.
He added, “I want it to last.”
Seymour chose specific touches to enhance the turn-of-the-20th century look. A tumble-style brick was used to for the entire front and the two sides of the building, plus the interior parapet walls.
“It’s more in keeping with old hand-made brick that you would have seen 100 years ago,” Seymour said.
Markets has 11 spaces, some of which will house multiple businesses.
Seymour said the shopping center is already 85 percent leased, noting that he signed some tenants on before construction even started.
When it opens, the shopping center will include a Mexican restaurant, a barbeque eatery, a nail and tanning salon and a boutique. Seymour and his wife will also occupy offices at Markets.
“I’m just kind of getting into a little commercial stuff,” Seymour explained. “(But) I’m not getting away from residential by any means.”
Seymour said he wants Markets at Town Center to offer locals shopping and dining choices without having to travel long distances.
“I want to have some good restaurants and keep people from having to drive all the way to Athens,” Seymour said.
He added that the response he’s heard has been favorable so far.
“I’ve had nothing but good feedback from all the citizens around Comer,” he said. “Everybody is very pleased. Everybody seems to be very pleased about the look and style of the building.”