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Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Florence, SC.

Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.

Constructed in Florence, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Florence native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.

Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Florence, SC

The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.

To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Florence's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.

With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Florence.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Florence?

You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.

Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Florence, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.

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Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.

Location and Nearby Lodging

On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.

Located in Florence, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.

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When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.

Venue Staff

At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Florence, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.

Decor

When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.

Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.

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If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.

Photo Opportunities

10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Florence, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.

Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.

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The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Florence, SC

Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.

The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.

When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.

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If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Latest News in Florence, SC

1 week away: What you need to know ahead of South Carolina's first Buc-ee's opening

FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) — The wait is almost over! The highly anticipated Buc-ee's will be opening its first shop in South Carolina in just one week.Buc-ee’s says they are known for having the world’s cleanest bathrooms, fresh food and 'friendliest beaver' at their travel centers, and will be opening their doors to the Palmetto State on May 16 at 6 a.m.In light of the opening, we have put together a list of things you need to know before making your first trip.GRAND OPENING Doors will open to the...

FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) — The wait is almost over! The highly anticipated Buc-ee's will be opening its first shop in South Carolina in just one week.

Buc-ee’s says they are known for having the world’s cleanest bathrooms, fresh food and 'friendliest beaver' at their travel centers, and will be opening their doors to the Palmetto State on May 16 at 6 a.m.

In light of the opening, we have put together a list of things you need to know before making your first trip.

GRAND OPENING

Doors will open to the public at 6 a.m., and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will follow at 10 a.m., on May 16.

The celebration will be attended by state and local leaders including Governor Henry McMaster; State Representative Murrell Smith; Florence County Council Chairman Willard Dorriety, Jr.; Florence County Councilman Reverend Waymon Mumford and Mayor Teresa Myers Ervin of Florence.

LOCATION

Located at 3390 North Williston Road on the northeast corner of Interstate 95 and North Williston Road, Buc-ee’s Florence, according to their release on Monday, will offer the same award-winning restrooms, cheap gas, quality products and excellent service that have won the hearts, trust and business of millions in the South for nearly 40 years.

Buc-ee’s Florence is the first Buc-ee’s travel center in South Carolina.

Founded in 1982, Buc-ee’s now has 35 stores across Texas, including the world’s largest convenience store. Buc-ee’s began its multi-state expansion in 2019, and has since opened two travel centers in Alabama, two in Florida, and two in Georgia.

Buc-ee’s recently opened its first Kentucky store in Richmond.

Tennessee has its first two stores under construction. This year, Buc-ee’s announced the development of its first stores in Colorado, Mississippi, and Missouri.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Buc-ee’s Florence will occupy more than 53,000 square feet and offer 120 fueling positions just outside its store with thousands of snack, meal and drink options for travelers on the go.

Buc-ee’s favorites including Texas barbeque, homemade fudge, kolaches, Beaver Nuggets, jerky and fresh pastries will all be available as well.

“Florence is a beautiful city and happens to be the midpoint for an ultimate East Coast road trip: New York City to Miami!” said Stan Beard of Buc-ee’s. “We’re excited to finally be welcoming travelers and locals alike to Buc-ee’s Florence and looking forward to being part of this gracious community for a long time.”

Buc-ee’s Florence will bring 175 new, permanent, full-time jobs to the area with starting pay beginning well above minimum wage, full benefits, a 6% matching 401k, and three weeks of paid vacation.

The travel center is looking for cashiers, janitors, grocery stockers and food service employees.

Starting pay is between $18 to $22 per hour, with full benefits.

SC’s first Buc-ee’s opens next week. Here are 7 interesting foods you can buy there

Buc-ee’s finally arrives in South Carolina on May 16, and with a grand celebration planned, it’s sure to be packed the first day — even the first week — that it’s open.So, it’s time to be strategic. You don’t want to be battling through crowds, l...

Buc-ee’s finally arrives in South Carolina on May 16, and with a grand celebration planned, it’s sure to be packed the first day — even the first week — that it’s open.

So, it’s time to be strategic. You don’t want to be battling through crowds, lost and wandering around aimlessly. You need a plan. What are the most important, unique — and weird — foods to buy on your first trip?

We’ve got you covered.

We visited a Buc-ee’s in Royce City, Texas, to see what all is available. We found some delectable food, some intriguing (deeply strange) items in jars and plenty of merchandise to ensure you can show off to all of your friends on social media that yes, you went to Buc-ee’s.

We’re starting off with the weird — or, maybe this is something normal for you; to each their own. There is an entire section, multiple stands, devoted exclusively to everything you could ever think to pickle, and everything you didn’t think could be pickled.

A few of the many pickled foods: Asparagus, Brussels sprouts, beets, habanero garlic, okra and blue cheese stuffed olives

Though, pickled quail eggs stood out the most for us. No, we didn’t try them. If you do, please let us know what they taste like.

You’ve heard of boiled peanuts, yes? Well, Buc-ee’s took it a step further and “burnt” them. Not entirely sure if said peanuts are actually, well, burned, but they are scarlet red, candy-coated and buried within the gas station’s sweet treats aisle.

Next to them, on said “candy” aisle, you will find Boston Baked Beans (another ... peanut variety), salt water taffy, candy blox (looks like edible legos), cherry sours and everyone’s controversial favorite — candy corn!

You can’t be a place that claims to sell renowned Texas BBQ without selling some good hot sauce. Here are a few of the varieties offered, but beware, some of them might be a lot spicier than you are used to.

Our reporter’s personal favorite is the Yellowbird Habanero Condiment, which comes in several other flavors, including ghost pepper and serrano, depending on how intense you like your wings, sandwiches or whatever you throw hot sauce on.

Bought a biscuit at Bojangles on the road but want to upgrade the experience? You can try Buc-ee’s cinnamon honey butter, pecan honey butter or salted caramel honey butter.

Texans love the iconic honey butter chicken biscuit from Whataburger, a staple Texas fast food chain. If you want taste Texas without ever leaving South Carolina, honey butter is the way to go.

The heart of Texas, the state’s capital, Austin, is known for one dish more than anything else — breakfast tacos. Some of them are small; some are huge. Buc-ee’s offers several to fit the fancy lighter eaters or anyone looking to gorge themselves.

We tried the hippo taco — it’s as big as the name suggests — which includes bacon, beans, eggs, cheese, potatoes and green salsa. But Buc-ee’s also has simpler options, like bacon and egg or bean and cheese.

Our reporter’s favorite dish to grab every time he goes to Buc-ee’s is the fudge. He always grabs cookies and cream, but there are a host of other flavor options, from mochaccino to birthday cake to dark chocolate caramel sea salt to “tiger butter.”

We can’t tell you what the last one tastes like, but please try it, try everything. It’s all tasty.

One flavor of jerky isn’t simply enough, so Buc-ee’s sells a half a dozen.

You can buy it in a bag of 5-10 ounces or you can buy it by the pound, depending on ,how long your drive is — or how much you want to take home.

We tried the teriyaki and lemon pepper flavors. Both were delicious, though the latter was spicier than most lemon pepper wings you’ll find on game day. To those of you with more delicate palates, proceed with caution.

There’s so much more to try — and buy — at Buc-ee’s when it opens in Florence. And that’s just the first location to come to South Carolina; the Upstate will be getting its own in a few years.

My 5 Favorite Restaurants To Experience In Florence, South Carolina

Imagine an ideal Southern town full of natural beauty that is conveniently located at the crossroads of two interstates. Add a revitalized downtown with a thriving culture and a low cost of living. Finally, factor in mild weather and a relaxed pace of life. Does this sound like a great travel destination? Yes, indeed, it does. This wonderful place does exist, and it is Florence, South Carolina, with its unique people, experiences, and food at fantastic restaurants, all of which are in abundance here.This charming town has a population...

Imagine an ideal Southern town full of natural beauty that is conveniently located at the crossroads of two interstates. Add a revitalized downtown with a thriving culture and a low cost of living. Finally, factor in mild weather and a relaxed pace of life. Does this sound like a great travel destination? Yes, indeed, it does. This wonderful place does exist, and it is Florence, South Carolina, with its unique people, experiences, and food at fantastic restaurants, all of which are in abundance here.

This charming town has a population of approximately 39,000 and is filled with parks, outdoor art, and a wide array of family-focused activities. In Florence, there are four colleges and universities, along with highly rated medical centers, golf courses, museums, and dozens of restaurants. Florence appeals to all ages and all appetites. The motto of this all-American city is “Full Life, Full Forward”. I think they should add “Full Tummies” to that motto!

The fun never stops in Florence. One can get physical with walking tours, exercise groups, and dance classes. There are lots of farmers markets, antique shops, and thrift stores where great bargains abound. For less strenuous options there are concerts, ceramic classes, lectures, and poetry readings.

All these activities and events are sure to work up a big appetite. Thankfully, Florence has a tremendous assortment of food and beverage options to meet every whim and craving. Here are my top five favorites in alphabetical order.

1. Julia Belle’s Restaurant

The best Blue-Plate Specials in Florence are found at Julia Belle’s. This brightly colored restaurant is so cheerful because of the flowered wallpaper, the excellent food, and the pleasant personality of the staff. Owner Fran Snell makes it her mission to offer hope and joy to each person who enters. She is a woman of strong faith and wishes to be a light to all, especially if they need a lift or a listening ear.

This likable lady has such a kind heart and will gladly share the story of why she named the restaurant for a family member. And, believe me, she will even pray with you if you show any interest in it.

Julia Belle’s has, per Fran, a “good and simple menu that works using much locally sourced meat, seafood, and produce.” I enjoyed a crab cake benedict with poached egg and skillet potatoes. Locals rave about the barbecue and the fried chicken. Travelers enjoy the local flavor of the shrimp and grits.

Two specialty items on the menu are simply too good to resist. The first is the White Russian Pecan Pie which honors the South Carolina Pecan Trail. The second is Sonker, a regional dessert similar to cobbler. Fran Snell proudly tells patrons that “mine is made with blueberries gotten from just down the road at the Pee Dee State Farmers Market.”

2. Seminar Brewing

Variety is the name of the game when it comes to brews and entertaining things to do. Seminar Brewing claimed fame as the first commercial craft brewery in Florence. Then their reputation soared as they added an outdoor beer garden and indoor ax throwing. Seminar now constantly adds new foods, new brews, and an always surprising calendar of events to keep everyone guessing what on earth might happen next.

The budding brewery brainstorm of five friends has blossomed into a remarkable business that is beloved by beer enthusiasts near and far. Patrons can see how beer is processed, learn about distinct types, and have a heck of a fun time tasting the subtle differences. Folks love to ask about Milk Stout Float, Oatmeal Stout, and Silly Pukeko.

Plentiful food options cover everything from pub grub to basic burgers to vegan and vegetarian specialties. The most popular choices include nachos, chicken parmesan, and pasta salad. Next time I visit, I would love to try either the Chickpea Sloppy Jo or the Fried Cauliflower Sandwich.

The staff at Seminar Brewing says to be sure to come to a trivia night, brunch, or even a musical event.

3. Top Hat Special-Teas

Who knew tea could be such a tempting and tasty treat? In Florence, the obvious answer is Laurie Crouse. She has owned and operated Top Hat Special-Teas for 22 years and turns a cup of tea into an enjoyable educational experience. Laurie was a caterer for 38 years, and she spent that time visiting tearooms across the country in planning to open her own.

Over 30 flavors of tea are steeped in-house and all the food is homemade and delicious. Laurie says, “It is a comfortable place with a Southern and English flair where I try to make every guest feel like part of the family. There are lots of beautiful teapots, china pieces, and accessories to view. You are sure to like Top Hat while learning about tea health, history, and culture.”

Lunch during my visit included mint tea, spinach quiche accompanied by a watermelon wedge, and potato chips. The best pecan scones I have ever had were served for dessert with Devonshire cream and lemon curd.

Top Hat Special-Teas can also prepare an exquisite Victorian or afternoon tea for families or groups of all sizes. This stylish tearoom resembles a museum and is a not-to-be-missed unique experience to be savored. The town of Florence has much to treasure in owner Laurie Crouse and her unforgettable and highly photographable special tea shop.

4. Tubb’s Shrimp & Fish Co.

Seriously, y’all, pay attention: I live in Florida and would gladly drive to Tubb’s to indulge in the she crab soup or the crab rangoons — they are that good.

Getting to share a conversation with owner Kyle Hardee is the second reason to put a visit to Tubb’s on your must-do list. His stories are the best kind of heart-warming encouragement a person can imagine. You will laugh and cry and quickly wish he was your best friend. Kyle is the most perfect example of a bad boy who became a fantastically good man through his winning combination of hard work, faith, and determination. He will even be glad to show you how to shuck oysters or take heads off shrimp correctly and safely.

Nine years ago, he and his business partners converted an old gas station into an award-winning restaurant that all the patrons rave about enthusiastically. Tons of passion and creativity go into large portions of entrees such as fish, scallops, oysters, and shrimp. Unique and mouth-watering sides include Mexican-inspired hushpuppies, fried green tomatoes, and grilled corn. That same Lowcountry and Southern spin is put on one-of-a-kind specialty drinks and desserts, too.

When I asked Kyle why folks are willing to travel long distances to dine at Tubb’s, this was his response: “Come to enjoy the natural beauty of this town that’s only 90 minutes from the coast. Come because we use fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients. Come because we love to serve people through genuine hospitality and great food.”

5. Victors

Fine dining after 5 p.m. is what to love about Victors. The gorgeous restaurant sits in the heart of the wonderfully revitalized and historic downtown. The adjacent courtyard filled with benches and sculpture art is the best area to mingle after work or while waiting for your friends to arrive. The tented outdoor dining section is awesome for anything from a couple of drinks to a sizeable celebration or family reunion. Sectioned seating inside sets the mood for a romantic evening with your honey bunny.

White linen or black tie, this is the place to get as fancy as you please. Rest assured that the staff has turned ambiance into an art in every way. Upscale decor blends just right with the creative cocktails (such as the pecan pie martini) at the upbeat bar. They can also pair the perfect wine with any meal.

Victors has been making magical memories and extraordinary events for over 10 years, much to the delight of Florence residents and visitors. They can help plan your special gathering for a group of 50 or your intimate dream-come-true meal just for two.

There is usually a list of seven or eight starters, such as Crispy Mozzarella Caprese with petite field greens and balsamic reduction and steamed mussels with smoked tomatoes and toasted focaccia. Meats range from highest-grade beef and pork to duck and seafood. The most meticulously made and distinctive sides are truffle mushroom risotto or creamed collards with smoked gouda.

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City to soon demolish old, rundown East Florence motel on Highway 76

FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) — An old, rundown motel on Highway 76 in East Florence is coming down, according to Florence City Administrator Randy Osterman.Osterman said the acquisition of the property became a possibility in late 2021 and recognizing the opportunity to improve a significant gateway entrance into Florence, the city worked closely with three great partners to address a corridor concern that had been highlighted in master plans for decades.The partners include Florence County, Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation and McL...

FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) — An old, rundown motel on Highway 76 in East Florence is coming down, according to Florence City Administrator Randy Osterman.

Osterman said the acquisition of the property became a possibility in late 2021 and recognizing the opportunity to improve a significant gateway entrance into Florence, the city worked closely with three great partners to address a corridor concern that had been highlighted in master plans for decades.

The partners include Florence County, Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation and McLeod Health.

A news release said Florence County Council approved funding to help cover a significant portion of the costs associated with demolition, and City Council has dedicated additional funding to assist with these costs as well as provide for the expansion of Levy Park and associated gateway improvements.

The City of Florence will own and accept future responsibilities for maintenance of the property when it's demolished.

We got a complaint as far as Palmetto Street. Coming into the city. This is one of the key gateways. You’re coming to the Florence airport this is the way you come to the city. Well ,the first thing you see unfortunately, is this blighted motel. And it doesn’t do well for economic development. Or the neighborhood. Or the community at large. Simply because it’s an eyesore. It’s time. And now we get the opportunity to fix this. To make it a little better. It will become part of Levy Park. Once we demolition and have the blight removed. It will become an extension of Levy Park. Which will help the community provide a more amenities to the community. Provide a little safer feel," explained Osterman.

Many people in the East Florence community said they're thankful the city is finally doing something with the property.

"A sad part of East Florence. It's old. It's decrepit. It's dangerous. Rift raft hang around. Lying around. It's bad for the community. They should have done something a long time ago. It's been 20 years. Or maybe more. I'm not exactly sure. But, it's been a long time coming," said Eyvette Haynesworth.

A news release said the importance of the "E. Palmetto Street gateway and recognize that redevelopment and beautification efforts at this location will create a better, safer, and more appealing entrance to Florence for travelers coming from Florence Regional Airport, Francis Marion University and Myrtle Beach and for newcomers or new businesses desiring to relocate to the area. The removal of the existing blighted property and park expansion will also enhance neighborhood beautification and the quality of life for the surrounding neighborhoods."

6 things to know about Buc-ee’s opening in Florence next month

SPARTANBURG S.C. (WSPA) — Progress on the construction of the first Buc-ee’s travel center in South Carolina remains ongoing in Florence, with a scheduled opening date of May 16. For those of you who are not familiar with the “friendliest beaver” and its Texas roots, allow us to help out and tell you all you need to know about those Beaver Nuggets and more.Here are 6 Things to Know about Buc-ee’s.Buc-ee’s is from TexasIn case you hadn’t guessed already, Buc-ee&...

SPARTANBURG S.C. (WSPA) — Progress on the construction of the first Buc-ee’s travel center in South Carolina remains ongoing in Florence, with a scheduled opening date of May 16. For those of you who are not familiar with the “friendliest beaver” and its Texas roots, allow us to help out and tell you all you need to know about those Beaver Nuggets and more.

Here are 6 Things to Know about Buc-ee’s.

Buc-ee’s is from Texas

In case you hadn’t guessed already, Buc-ee’s was founded in 1982 in Lake Jackson, Texas. Because of its Texas roots, the gas and convenience store-turned-chain-of-super-travel centers will boast treats like kolaches, barbecue, jerky, and homemade fudge; plus, a friendly staff – the Texas way.

Who is ‘Buc-ee’ and what’s with the beaver?

Buc-ee’s was founded by co-founders Don Wasek and Arch “Beaver” Aplin; with Aplin making the name “Buc-ee’s” by combining his own childhood nickname and that of his dog, “Buck;” along with the Ipana toothpaste’s animated mascot, Bucky the beaver.

What are Beaver Nuggets?

Buc-ee’s Beaver Nuggets are a sweet, crunchy snack best for road trips if you ask a Texan or traveler who has been to Buc-ee’s. The nuggets come in many flavors like sea salted caramel, bold and spicy, and original.

Buc-ee’s is coming to Florence in South Carolina in May 16

Since Buc-ee’s began expanding its reach across the south in 2019, it has opened several locations outside the Lone Star State. The Grand Opening of the first Buc-ee’s in South Carolina will open in Florence near exit 170 on I-95.

How big will the Buc-ee’s in Florence be?

Buc-ee’s in Florence will occupy more than 53,000 square feet with thousands of snack, meal and drink options for travelers on the go.

The biggest Buc-ee’s is under construction in Tennessee

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and so is one of Buc-ee’s 38 Texas locations. In 2012, Buc-ee’s opened its largest travel center in New Braunfels, Texas, off of Interstate 35. The New Braunfels location is the largest convenience store in the world at 68,000 square feet — in fact, it holds a world record as the world’s largest convenience store. It will soon be surpassed by a larger Buc-ee’s in Sevierville, Tennessee, which will span at least 74,000 square feet when finished.

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