The town of Summerville is growing...and it's happening fast.
According to U.S. Census numbers, between 2010 and 2013, the town's population jumped from 43,392, to 46,072.
For a town that used to be the 14th largest in the state, Summerville is now the 7th largest.
To keep up with its rapid growth, town leaders developed a vision plan, which includes revitalizing vacant shopping centers, improving town roads, adding new traffic lights, along with improvements to Hutchinson Square.
This week, town officials announced plans to replace the vacant Dorchester Lanes bowling alley on Dorchester Road, with an Aldi grocery store.
In recent months, Summerville has also secured major retailers Earth Fare and Petco. Both will be located off North Main Street, in Horizon Square, which could see a mix of up to 15 additional retail shops and restaurants by the project's completion.
"It's a win-win for everyone," said town spokeswoman Tiffany Norton.
At the intersection of Berlin G. Myers Parkway and U.S. 78, plans to revitalize the abandoned Heritage Square have also been secured, under new owner, the Palmetto State Armory.
Norton said renovations on the property will begin early next year, and will include a gun and outdoor sports store, and an in-door firing range.
The space also leaves room for the Armory to lease to other retail properties.