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Work continues on two retail development sites along US 60

March 24, 2019
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Workers construct the interior of The Summit on Feb. 11 in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — Progress continues on two large retail development sites along U.S. 60 in the Huntington and Barboursville area.

A new eatery, lifestyle and wellness retail development on a 2-acre site along U.S. 60 between Huntington and Barboursville started construction last year and is continuing to be built.

The Summit Eatery, Lifestyle & Wellness Center will create 50,000 square feet of commercial retail space with multiple tenants, according to its developer, Jeremy Adams of Palace Properties.

“We will have meat shop called The Butcher Shop, Edward Jones Financial and a third business I cannot disclose yet,” Adams said. “They will be moving in late spring or early summer this year. We are also talking with other health-related businesses to fill up this new center.”

He said the multi-million dollar facility will also include things like a yoga studio, an eatery and a med spa. It will have nearly 150 parking spaces with another lot with parking spaces for employees of the center.

Adams, who co-owns Christopher’s Eats in the 6000 block of U.S. 60 in Barboursville with his brother David Adams and his cousin Chris Dixon, said he would be moving that restaurant to The Summit as well.

“Christopher’s Eats at The Summit will be the first to open on March 17,” he said. “It will be on St. Paddy’s Day. It’s not changing, but we are adding banquet space and creating some cool outdoor space as well.”

Adams said he bought the multiple parcels of property that will make up The Summit because of the location.

“It’s a great location in a high-traffic area that is close to the interstate,” he said.

“The Summit” name came from the property being located at the crest of the hill along U.S. 60, between Huntington and Barboursville, according to Adams.

“There are going to be five different buildings here,” he explained. “One is under roof and is three stories tall. The second one is coming under roof soon and will be a two-story building and we are getting ready to break ground on the third one in the spring that will be two stories.”

He said the fourth building, which will house a med spa, will break ground in late spring or early summer will be three stories tall.

“Another building out front will be a two-story building,” Adams said.

Adams said The Summit is going to be a health-based service shopping center.

“We want to give shoppers an alternative choice when it comes to health care, eating and exercise,” he said.

Adams says a portion of his goal with The Summit Eatery, Lifestyles & Wellness Center development is to put private investment into businesses that may be able to help with the health issues in Appalachia.

A recently released Appalachian Regional Commission study found that the average adult in the Appalachian region reports feeling physically unhealthy 14 percent more often than the average American.

“I continue to actively seek tenants that fit into the lifestyle, wellness and fitness concept we’re developing at this site,” he said. “Most of the new tenants will be new businesses to this area.”

The development will create approximately 100 to 200 full and part-time jobs, Adams said.

Tanyard Station continues to be developed

Just a few miles east of The Summit development on U.S. 60 at the intersection with Big Ben Bowen Highway is the massive retail development Tanyard Station.

The 200,000-square-foot Tanyard Station retail development in Barboursville continues to be developed and several businesses have already opened during the first phase of the new retail site.

Tanyard Station is on the 51.73-acre site of the former CSX railroad yard, off Exit 18 of Interstate 64, along the Mud River and Tanyard Branch Creek. Its developers said they are in talks with national tenants to build on the second phase of development.

“We are in discussions but have not finalized any deals and will not be able to make announcements until the leases are signed,” said Brent Roswall, a native of Barboursville and co-owner of Interstate Realty, the company developing the site.

On Dec. 21, 2018, the first four businesses that opened were Aldi, Sheetz, Aspen Dental and Verizon Wireless.

On Jan. 22, 2019, LongHorn Steakhouse and Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries opened.

Roswall said other businesses scheduled to open soon at the development include Sport Clips and Zen Nails & Spa, but those businesses have yet to release opening dates. Menards, a home improvement store, will begin construction in the spring, Roswall added.

The projected cost has been estimated at $100 million, with $9 million of that total for road and traffic upgrades.

Tanyard Station’s website shows a site plan, which includes showing a large “wholesale” tenant on the backside of the property, along with space for two hotels. There also appears to be a fueling station across U.S. 60.

However, Roswall said the site plan can and will change many times before the project is totally completed.

“I have done multiple site plans from time to time, and this is used for reaching out to tenants to see if they are interested in Tanyard, but it does not mean the deals are done,” Roswall explained.

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