Plenty of space for rent in Havelock

Published: Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 08:36 PM.

“When everybody moved out, we couldn’t,” he said, adding that the rent had not increased in the 17 previous years. “It would have cost me more in gas and equipment to move.”

The Westbrooke Shopping Center is not the only area in Havelock with empty retail space. Just east, another office complex has signs offering free rent for three months, but the complex is mostly empty.

Katrina Marshall, Havelock planning director, said a recent survey showed that 54 retail units or business buildings were vacant in Havelock, including 19 new vacancies in 2014.

But the news isn’t all bad, as 17 vacant spaces were newly rented in 2014. At Westbrooke, there’s a sign for a new Jamaican restaurant that has plans to open soon, and the Pinay Grocery recently opened in a complex off West Main Street near where Goody’s opened in 2013.

Marshall said two other empty structures were demolished.

“So basically 19 came off the list and 19 new ones went on the list,” Marshall said. “There has been activity, but there is no net change in the numbers.”

Vacant buildings are not unique to Havelock, said Timothy Downs, director of economic development for Craven County.

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