Palmetto Brewing Co. is officially making the move from downtown Charleston to Park Circle in North Charleston.
The brewery finalized the purchase of a 5.83-acre tract on the former Garco factory site between Chateau and Virginia avenues with plans to move in 2018, according to a news release.
The decision to move Palmetto Brewery from its existing site — located at 289 Huger St. between Meeting and King streets — is partly driven by the need for a larger facility to house growth and expanded distribution, according to the news release. The new site will include a brewhouse, a tasting room and a restaurant, the release said.
“Palmetto Brewery is excited to expand beyond our original Huger Street location and build our new brewery in Park Circle as part of the Garco Park redevelopment,” Larry Lipov, Palmetto Brewery managing partner, said in the news release. “Our new brewery will enable us to grow our business and increase our distribution of beer throughout the South.”
The move is also attributable to the sale of Palmetto’s downtown site to Charlotte-based Huger Street Holdings LLC. The entity bought the site in September 2015, according to Charleston County land records.
The brewery previously had plans to move into a different North Charleston development, one spearheaded by Firefly Distillery. The distillery owners bought a 17-acre site on Azalea Drive in North Charleston in summer 2015 to house its operations, along with the Palmetto facility, a restaurant and a music venue. Those plans fell through, though, and Firefly has since sold its North Charleston property.
The new Palmetto Brewery site in North Charleston sits on a 40-acre tract that The Beach Co. is redeveloping into a mixed-use project. The project, known as Garco Park, will have 271 residences and additional commercial space.
“The redevelopment of Garco Park with the new Factory Apartments and Palmetto Brewery will extend and enhance the exciting Main Street district that the city of North Charleston has worked to achieve,” North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said in the release.