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By Staff Reports
Greer’s continued growth led to the city passing $1.3 billion in retail sales this fiscal year.
S.C. Department of Revenue data showed Greer recorded a record $1,302,896,294 in gross retail sales during the 2017 fiscal year. The figure is a 12 percent increase from the 2016 fiscal year and represents 47 percent growth in the last five years.
“This growth is a result of investments in the Greer community,” Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers said in a statement. “Retailers recognize that good things are happening and more good things are coming.”
Of the $1.3 billion in sales, $798,472,977 came from the Greenville County portion of the city, and $504,423,316 came from the Spartanburg County portion of the city.
The city’s high-traffic areas, like Wade Hampton Boulevard, and new retail projects near Riverside High School were credited with the growth in sales over last year.
Katie Witherspoon, vice president of operations for the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, said the new record shows the strength of the businesses in Greer and the city’s ability to recruit new business.
“A continued rise in gross retail sales is a great indicator of the strong economic climate in Greer, both residentially and commercially,” she said in a statement.