COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The rebuilding process continues for many businesses damaged by the floods, including the shops at Rosewood Crossing in Columbia.
The Devine Street stores had been open for about two months before they became flooded earlier this month.
Structurally, all of the buildings at Rosewood Crossing are okay. But the inside Michael's, PetSmart and Marshall's, everything had to be gutted. Flood waters rose to nearly seven feet inside some of the stores because of the overflow of Gills Creek. All the merchandise was ruined.
The stores had just opened toward the end of this summer.
The development company who built Rosewood Crossing, Meyers Brothers Properties, says it invested about $13 million into the development. Myers Brothers Properties says it's going to take another $2 million to replace everything.
All of the contents from the stores have been removed and and now the company hopes to start the reconstruction process this week.
"Basically we've had to remove everything. I mean the sheet rock, the doors, electrical. Everything will have to come out. And right now if you walked in the stores, you know from eight feet down, there's nothing but the metal studs in the concrete flooring is what is left below eight feet. And then we'll just have to go in and replace everything," says Matthew Sasser the Vice President with Meyers Brothers Properties.
Sasser says the space has been filled in the complex and now tenants are just waiting for renovations to be done. Those new businesses include Kirkland's, Sola Salon, Tropical Smoothie, Chicken Salad Chick, and a deal is in the works with Cromer's.
Bottles plans to open by December.
"They're all hanging in there. Fortunately everyone was doing exceptionally well, this was a very good project for everybody involved and we haven't had any tenants fall out on us. We hope to get open in the early spring, kind of the February-March time frame. Everybody ought to be able to open up at the same time," says Sasser.
We has reached out to several businesses near Rosewood Crossing that suffered significant damage from the floods, such as Subway and Jersey Mike's, We have not heard back from them yet. However, the Smashburger and the Moe's on Devine have both been back open for several days now.