Plenty of excitement noticed in Greenwood lately. It's not about high school football or the upcoming Carolina-Clemson game, either. OK, some of it is, but more specifically it's about development in the area.
While the Pig is no more and will soon be converted into a Bi-Lo, much anticipation is felt about the arrival of a new Publix grocery store near Lowe's. A little strip center will be part of the plan there and, based on some of the chatter on Facebook, one would have to think Greenwoodians have never had a burger and fries. Five Guys Burgers and Fries is apparently locating in the strip center. It might be an interesting study to see how that affects the Lowe's Molly hotdog cart, Moe's, McDonald's and IHOP. One thing for certain in Greenwood, we do like our eateries. Another thing for certain is we can expect an average of 10 pounds per capita gained. FIve Guys is mighty generous. They should have named it Five Guys and Five Pounds of Fries. But it's good eating.

JUST ACROSS THE STREET, construction is underway for another business behind IHOP. No, not another restaurant, believe it or not. This one is said to be a car wash.
Excitement and speculation also abound now that the wooded corner of Montague Avenue Extension and Calhoun Road looks like it was hit by straight line winds.
Another drug store? Oh, please no. Greenwood already appears to be as drug happy as it is restaurant happy. Another service station/convenience store? That wouldn't be a surprise, but we can hope not.
The trees were a great intro to Greenwood for travelers coming into town but it's a corner, and corners translate into retail space, which translates into money. So it's not unexpected the trees would be mowed down to make the site more visible and marketable to potential buyers.
Word heard on the street was the lot was being cleared to make way for a Target. Another rumor was that, after 20 years of hearing "they're gonna build one," Home Depot is to occupy that high-traffic corner. Well, don't bet on it.
Usually, such rumors circulate based on what people are hoping for, wanting. If that's the case, it's a wonder the big rumor isn't that a giant Olive Garden is landing there. Why giant? It's a 40-acre lot. That would accommodate a doublewide Olive Garden. Hey, that's a concept for the chain of Italian fine dining, but never mind.

OF COURSE, A SPINOFF RUMOR might take root that it's not just an Olive Garden but a conglomerate of restaurants to cater to Greenwood's proclivity for dining out. Can't you see it? Sort of a glorified restaurant mall. The entire site landscaped with nothing but eateries, a veritable free-standing food court. Now a must-have for any mega food court would be yet another one of the restaurants rumored to be coming to town. It would fit right in with all the Clemson and Home Depot fans, too. Yup. Hooter's. Hey, if Anderson can have one, why not Greenwood? But again, don't bet on it.
Right now, it's anybody's guess what's in store for the giant treeless parcel. Anyone who had hopes it would be another residential area quickly realized that's not the case. Again, it's a corner lot. Perfect for retail space. Plus, the sign clearly denotes it's zoned commercial.
Southbound from Highway 25 and onto what becomes Montague Avenue Extension, here's what we already have:
On the left is a shopping center, complete with a Bi-Lo grocery store and a vast expanse of space for the traveling veterinarian. On the right is a vacant building. To the left, a Hickory Point and soon-to-be 7-11 service station/convenience store. Across Northside Drive stands a CVS, also on the left.
But we really don't need another drug store or convenience store at that intersection, do we? Just hoping for something new, something we don't have in Greenwood. Like an IMAX theater. Or an aquarium. Or a water park.
Yeah, I know. The mega food court stands a better chance.

Whiting is executive editor of the Index-Journal. Contact him at 943-2522; email rwhiting@indexjournal.com ,or follow him on Twitter at IJEDITOR. Views expressed in this column are those of the writer only and do not represent the newspaper's opinion.

JUST ACROSS THE STREET, construction is underway for another business behind IHOP. No, not another restaurant, believe it or not. This one is said to be a car wash.
Excitement and speculation also abound now that the wooded corner of Montague Avenue Extension and Calhoun Road looks like it was hit by straight line winds.
Another drug store? Oh, please no. Greenwood already appears to be as drug happy as it is restaurant happy. Another service station/convenience store? That wouldn't be a surprise, but we can hope not.
The trees were a great intro to Greenwood for travelers coming into town but it's a corner, and corners translate into retail space, which translates into money. So it's not unexpected the trees would be mowed down to make the site more visible and marketable to potential buyers.
Word heard on the street was the lot was being cleared to make way for a Target. Another rumor was that, after 20 years of hearing "they're gonna build one," Home Depot is to occupy that high-traffic corner. Well, don't bet on it.
Usually, such rumors circulate based on what people are hoping for, wanting. If that's the case, it's a wonder the big rumor isn't that a giant Olive Garden is landing there. Why giant? It's a 40-acre lot. That would accommodate a doublewide Olive Garden. Hey, that's a concept for the chain of Italian fine dining, but never mind.

OF COURSE, A SPINOFF RUMOR might take root that it's not just an Olive Garden but a conglomerate of restaurants to cater to Greenwood's proclivity for dining out. Can't you see it? Sort of a glorified restaurant mall. The entire site landscaped with nothing but eateries, a veritable free-standing food court. Now a must-have for any mega food court would be yet another one of the restaurants rumored to be coming to town. It would fit right in with all the Clemson and Home Depot fans, too. Yup. Hooter's. Hey, if Anderson can have one, why not Greenwood? But again, don't bet on it.
Right now, it's anybody's guess what's in store for the giant treeless parcel. Anyone who had hopes it would be another residential area quickly realized that's not the case. Again, it's a corner lot. Perfect for retail space. Plus, the sign clearly denotes it's zoned commercial.
Southbound from Highway 25 and onto what becomes Montague Avenue Extension, here's what we already have:
On the left is a shopping center, complete with a Bi-Lo grocery store and a vast expanse of space for the traveling veterinarian. On the right is a vacant building. To the left, a Hickory Point and soon-to-be 7-11 service station/convenience store. Across Northside Drive stands a CVS, also on the left.
But we really don't need another drug store or convenience store at that intersection, do we? Just hoping for something new, something we don't have in Greenwood. Like an IMAX theater. Or an aquarium. Or a water park.
Yeah, I know. The mega food court stands a better chance.

Whiting is executive editor of the Index-Journal. Contact him at 943-2522; email rwhiting@indexjournal.com ,or follow him on Twitter at IJEDITOR. Views expressed in this column are those of the writer only and do not represent the newspaper's opinion.