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Former Flour Mill Transformed into Downtown Destination

Fountain Inn

The Mill at Fountain Inn is located at 100 Ellison Street in downtown Fountain Inn, SC.  The former flour mill consisted of three buildings totaling over 15,000 square feet and was acquired by the developer in August 2021. Redevelopment plans included improved vehicular and pedestrian access, a full renovation of the exterior of the buildings, and reconfiguration of the interior of each building.

Construction was completed in 2024 to accommodate Fountain Inn Brewing, a brewery space with 16 taps, a pizza kitchen, and a full bar on the main level.  The second floor has additional seating, a second bar, and can be rented for private events.  The location also celebrates an expansive, fenced-in green space, and one of the largest outdoor screens in the Upstate. A food hall is set to open in the fall of 2024.

This project serves as a transformational project for the City of Fountain Inn, which is experiencing significant new development and growth with thousands of residential units under construction or permitted for construction.

The Ellison Flour Mill was constructed between 1940 and 1941and was the sole flour mill in Fountain Inn. It represented the marriage of the town's agricultural and industrial economies. Even though it was established prior to the Second World War, the mill thrived in the postwar period, becoming the only mill in Laurens and Greenville counties, and served many others into the1970s.

Tax Credit Marketplace, LLC was the tax credit investor for the project. "This project brought life to a vacant property, while maintaining its historic significance and provides Fountain Inn with an important food and entertainment venue in the heart of town,” said Josh Workman, CEO, Tax Credit Marketplace.

"What an honor it's been to watch this transformation unfold at the old Ellison Flour Mill. We set out to create a destination in downtown Fountain Inn.  And thanks to our incredible team and partners, we feel like we were able to accomplish exactly that.  We look forward to serving downtown Fountain Inn for years to come!" 

Bryan Beal, CEO, Innovative Hospitality & Development