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."