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Car wash site being transformed

One business has ceased to exist at a site along South Andy Griffith Parkway in Mount Airy, but plans call for it to be replaced by four others.

So far, a T-Mobile cell phone store is lined up for the property at 119 Welch Road adjacent to the Lowe’s/Food Lion shopping center. That spot was long the home of the Mayberry Water Works car wash, which has been closed for some time and recently was razed to make way for new uses in a facility now under construction.

“That’s just like a shell building right now,” said Ben Barcroft, a city planner.

The local J.G. Coram construction firm is handling the project.

Mark Hiatt, vice president of J.G. Coram, said Monday that the T-Mobile store will occupy about 2,000 square feet in the new structure that will have about 7,000 square feet altogether. There also will be space for three other occupants, under the plans.

“We’re still looking for other tenants,” Hiatt said.

J.G. Coram is constructing the facility for developer Rick Vaughn, a longtime real estate/business entrepreneur in Mount Airy.

Vaughn also is the owner of Rivers Edge Express Car Wash, located across South Andy Griffith Parkway (U.S. 52) from the Welch Road site at the corner of Worth Street.

Rivers Edge is a $1 million state-of-the-art car wash operation that opened in 2018, effectively replacing the Mayberry Water Works business.

Vaughn also is the developer for another project that is under construction along Rockford Street at the former location of a bank branch that was part of the BB&T chain.

The building housing that financial institution recently was torn down to make way for two incoming entities, an Aspen Dental office and a Mattress Warehouse store, according to the Mount Airy Planning Department.

That site is at the corner of Rockford Street and Edgewood Drive, beside Surry Telephone Membership Corp. and across from Taco Bell.

The project there and the one under way at the Welch Road location are reflecting a practice applauded by city planners in which developers make use of existing business sites in town, rather than venturing outside the city limits.

“We’re just happy to see redevelopment of property,” Planning Director Andy Goodall has said.

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Construction is under way at the former Mayberry Water Works site on Welch Road, to provide a building for four new occupants including a T-Mobile cell phone store.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_Wash-that.jpgConstruction is under way at the former Mayberry Water Works site on Welch Road, to provide a building for four new occupants including a T-Mobile cell phone store. Tom Joyce | The News
Multiple businesses eye the location

By Tom Joyce

tjoyce@mtairynews.com

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

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