Uptown Greenville and the City of Greenville have made it no secret that they want the Uptown District once again populated with great food, fabulous arts and interesting shopping choices. The Uptown Retail Challenge is an incentive program for merchants and aims to reestablish a robust marketplace in the central business district.

“We understand the difficulties of starting up or relocating a retail operation,” said Uptown Greenville Executive Director Bianca Shoneman, “and we want to help defray some of those costs while encouraging new merchants to join our district.”

With a total value of up to $15,000, this competition aims to ease the transition for a new retailer in the district each year. With the city’s Office of Economic Development and other local partners, Uptown Greenville has put together a package including generous advertising donations from print, television and radio media, utility services, rent subsidies and networking opportunities with Greenville-Pitt Chamber of Commerce and Uptown Greenville memberships.

New businesses and existing businesses interested in moving Uptown will benefit from this pedestrian-friendly commercial district dominated by foot traffic. “For retailers, it’s all about foot traffic,” said Shoneman. “In a city largely dependent on cars, Uptown is a pedestrian haven. We’ve got students and university employees, district residents in increasing numbers, municipal and private office workers, shoppers, diners and arts enthusiasts all on the street waiting to have their needs met right here.”

Submit completed applications to Uptown Greenville by November 14, 2014. Former applicants are encouraged to re-apply. Selection will be made in early 2015.

Application available here:

Retail Challenge Application