A furniture store, a discount outlet and an unidentified retailer are planning to locate in the former Kmart on Chestnut Street.

Ollie's Bargain Outlet and Badcock Home Furnishings are planning to locate in the 85,000-square-foot building, which has been vacant since August 2016, according to Grand Oak Realty Principal Brandon Graham. Grand Oak Realty LLC is the property developer.

Ollie's Bargain Outlet will occupy about 32,000 square feet and Badcock Home Furnishings will occupy about 17,500 square feet of the building, Graham said.

A third retailer, which has not yet been announced, will also be locating in the building and will occupy about 20,000 square feet.

Orangeburg County Development Commission Executive Director Gregg Robinson declined commenting on specifics but expressed his appreciation that investments are being made in the long-vacant building.

"It is an indication of the retail need in Orangeburg," Robinson said.

Robinson said the One Orangeburg County grassroots initiative's commercial housing and retail committee, the City of Orangeburg and the Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association have all helped market the property.

The space is currently being redeveloped to house the new businesses. Renovations totaling $2 million should be complete by January 2018 with the businesses open to the public in the first and second quarters of 2018, Graham said.

About 14,000 square feet of the building will remain vacant for the time being.

A Wells Fargo ATM machine will also be added to the property, Graham said.

Bi-Lo’s lease on the adjacent building, which once held a Reid’s, does not expire until 2024. There are currently no tenants planned for the 40,000-square-foot former Reid's grocery, Graham said.

An attempt to sublease or lease to buy the property has been unsuccessful.

"We are hoping with the redevelopment efforts that something will happen with the former grocery operator," Graham said.

Bi-Lo Holdings LLC acquired the lease in 2013 when it bought most of the stores in the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s supermarket chains from Delhaize Group.

Bi-Lo then said it would close 13 of the 155 stores, including the Orangeburg Reid’s. Reid’s closed in 2014.

In addition the former Kmart, there are also plans to develop two standalone parcels -- about 4,800 square feet and 6,000 square feet -- on the front portion of the property. A restaurant is possible.

"We have had interest but nothing concrete," Graham said.

Ollie's Bargain Outlet

Pennsylvania-based Ollie's Bargain Outlet is a retailer of closeout items, excess inventory and salvaged merchandise.

There are about 11 Ollie's in South Carolina and about 260 stores nationally.

Ollie's was founded in 1982 and now has about 213 locations in 19 states.

Badcock Home Furnishings

Badcock is currently located in about 15,000 square feet of space at the Edisto Village shopping center on Riverside Drive.

The furniture store will be moving from the Edisto Village to the new location. The future of the vacant space at the Edisto Village is uncertain.

The first store was opened by Henry S. Badcock in Mulberry, Florida in 1904.

Badcock has more than 300 Badcock & More stores in eight states.

It is the second retailer to leave the Edisto Village within the past five months. Bi-Lo closed its store at the shopping center in May.

Three years ago, the Family Dollar left the plaza for a free-standing building across the street.

Contact the writer: gzaleski@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5551. Check out Zaleski on Twitter at @ZaleskiTD.

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Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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