Six popular Statesboro businesses closed the end of 2022 and will not open in 2023. Many of these have been in business for decades. The reasons for closure varies with each business. From leases expiring, selling the property to retirement no matter the reason for the closure the community will miss all of these business.
With the growth of the community certainly these locations will not be vacant long.
Here are the businesses that have closed:
Ellis Travel Trailers
After 37 years in business Ellis Travel Trailers closed in December. Mike Ellis who founded and owned the business along with his family died suddenly in early 2022. After his passing his wife and family continued to operate the business and it continued to thrive. Regardless they decided to close the business.
No future plans have been publicly announced for the property located at 23060 US-80 West.
Board and Brush
Board and Brush owners decided to close the business after the business sold and their lease ended. The owners have full time jobs and both of them have seen their responsibility increase over the past year. This was a popular business which created a fun destination for many downtown.
No plans have been announced for the building located at 20 South Main in Downtown.
After opening the business on the Blue Mile in April of 2022 the owner invested in improving the building and adding an outside bar and entertainment area. 2022 was a difficult year on the Blue Mile with all of the construction that is now complete. The owner has expanded his real estate business and decided to focus on continuing to grow that and his other businesses.
Blue Mile Catering purchased the business and has taken over the lease on the building and will use it for their catering operations. They do not plan to operate it as a restaurant open daily to the public at this time. Blue Mile Catering shares ownership with two of the Blue Miles' most popular restaurants, Gnats Landing and Del Sur.
The Marketplace on 67
While technically not in Statesboro, The Marketplace on 67 was a popular antiquing spot for locals and travelers alike. The antique "mall" was located at 7041 Hwy 67 at the intersection of I-16. After 24 years in business the owner decided to retire and has sold the real estate.
The plans for property have not been announced.
Southside Service Center
Southside Service Center was a reputable, popular and family owned auto service center located at 3101 Old Register Road across from the Publix grocery store. After serving our community for several decades the owners decided it was time to retire. They closed the business the end of October and sold the property to a local investor in November. On December 23, 2022 the business founders wife and co-owner of the property died suddenly at her home.
The new owner of the property has exciting plans for the property but are not ready to release details of the plans for the property at this time.
Barberitos Statesboro closed permanently in September. It was located at 1100 Brampton Avenue, Suite E in the Market District. This location has changed ownership several times and was most recently owned by a Statesboro business owner. The owner wanted to concentrate on their other business interest.
No plans have been announced for this location.
Grice Connect keeping an eye on business growth
There is a tremendous amount of interest in businesses who want to expand or enter the Statesboro market in 2023. Grice Connect will continue to follow all of these business locations, new entries and expansions.
Social media is filled with rumors and wishes. We will only announce new businesses or expansions when they are confirmed and the proper permitting and paperwork has been completed to ensure the announcement is indeed factual. Once we can confirm a new business you will be the first to know.