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Business owners to renovate properties in Spring Hill

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The owners of Dakham's Tailor Shop & Tuxedos have purchased four buildings along MacCorkle Avenue in Spring Hill and intend to renovate the locations to lease to new businesses.

Dakham Sayavong and her husband, Kong Sayavong, told members of the South Charleston Economic Development Authority Tuesday they hope to bring five new businesses to the location once renovations are complete.

"We're going to fix them up and try to bring more businesses to South Charleston because we just love South Charleston," Dakham Sayavong said.

The Sayavongs, along with their son, Khornkeo Sayavong, purchased the locations currently occupied by the Rio Bravo II Mexican Restaurant and Schultzie's Bar and Grille for an unspecified amount.

The Sayavongs also own the building that housed the 7th Avenue Diner, which closed recently after the owner ran into financial difficulties.

Mrs. Sayavong said they hope to renovate all their properties and possibly more in order to attract new business tenants downtown.

"We're going to buy more buildings and try to invest in them," she said. "We're going to fix them up."

Sayavong said she would like the city to try to find a way to increase parking availabilities in the Spring Hill area.

South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens said he and other city leaders were already looking into several pieces of property.  

"That's one thing we're working on in Spring Hill is parking," Mullens said. "If we can get some parking down there, I think it's going to go a long way."

Mullens said he and city council members have looked at several pieces of property that are for sale and have talked about developing some of that land for parking.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, Mullens told members that the Clearon Corp's South Charleston bleach plant returned to full production in January.

In August, plant leaders announced a temporary production shutdown and layoff of 50 workers due to high inventories and poor market conditions.

Officials at the time said they planned to bring the plant back up to production in January, though with less permanent workers. They planned to reduce the 145-employee workforce to 120 employees once production resumed.

Mullens said the plant had followed through with those plans.

"They are back up and manufacturing, and headed back in the right direction," he said.

He noted, though, that officials are continuing to watch market conditions in the coming year.

"I think we still have concern to get through with this next summer season coming up with their chlorine sales," he said. "We'll have to see where that all plays out."

Contact writer Jared Hunt at business@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.


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