Maxway moves to the old Bi-Lo in Orangeburg; store becomes Roses Express | Local
Orangeburg’s Maxway at Edisto Village shopping center moves next door and changes name to Roses Express.
“We are expanding the store and will be able to provide the customer with a greater shopping experience,” said store manager Lynwood Southerland.
“We decided to move here because we needed space. It will give the customer more products,” Southerland said.
Roses and Maxway are owned by the same company, Variety Wholesalers. The company now uses Roses and Roses Express on all of its buildings, Southerland said.
“Essentially, it’s a nameplate change,” he said.
The store moves to Bi-Lo’s old location. It has been vacant since Bi-Lo closed in June 2017.
The store’s showroom grows from 13,000 square feet to 25,000 square feet.
The new location will employ approximately 25 people, compared to 15 who were employed at Maxway.
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Maxway has been in its current location for 25 years, Southerland said.
He said business was good.
“We just outgrew the building,” Southerland said.
Southerland said Roses Express will sell home furnishings, electronics, clothing, housewares, toys, food, candy, health and beauty products, and lawn and garden furniture.
“We sell pretty much everything people buy,” he said.
It is the first Roses Express to set up in the T&D region.
A sister chain discount store, Roses, is located at the Orangeburg Mall. It will remain open.
Southerland said the only difference between Roses and Roses Express is store size. A Roses Express usually occupies a smaller building.
Roses Express is scheduled to open its Stonewall Jackson Street location on Thursday. The store will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Roses Express was purchased by Variety Wholesalers Inc. in 1997 and the company’s Roses division has approximately 175 stores. In 2010, the Roses division began to expand beyond its initial store base in the South, opening stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.
Variety Wholesalers, based in North Carolina, operates more than 380 retail stores in the Southeast and employs more than 7,000 people. It operates a number of retail stores including: Super 10, Bargain Town, Bill’s Dollar Store and Super Dollar.