Uptown Project Receives State Recognition
Siblings Claudia, Cal, and Joe Berryhill, owners of Hall’s Agri-Business, LLC, transformed the former 14,000 square foot Lewis Furniture Company Building, located at 44 Gordon Street, into a retail shopping destination in Uptown Roxboro. Purchased by their great-grandfather in the 1890’s, the Berryhills felt that it was time for an extreme makeover. The building had historically housed a medical supply store, a florist, a furniture showroom, and part of the original Tar Heel Chevrolet dealership.
Legacy Park, a beautifully landscaped green space, was created to greet visitors at a side entrance. Once inside Hall’s Way, shoppers are tempted by a unique collection of shops and merchandise offered by eight different retailers. The property also offers two street-facing storefronts on Abbitt Street that house Radio Shack and an office space.
Hall’s Agri-Business partnered with Belk Architecture to design the space, and Legacy Building Company to complete the $1.2 million construction project. In addition, the City of Roxboro, Person County, and the Roxboro Development Group collaborated to incorporate a $65,000 investment in public restrooms, street lighting and public sidewalks in the redevelopment area.
This project created twenty new jobs in eight new businesses in Uptown Roxboro. Adjacent to this project, other businesses also made improvements to their facades, and the foot traffic has dramatically increased as a direct result of the renovation project. The rental rate increased to $10/square foot and the tax value increased by more than $550,000.