By Dianne Straley
"A brewery [Skull Coast], full-service restaurant and shops will open in the next few months in an old hosiery mill, a $6 million project under way near Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory.
Crews are now demolishing much of the interior of a pair of brick buildings at the old Hollar Hosiery mill at 883 Highland Ave. S.W, said Nathan Kirby, who is leading the redevelopment for a group of Catawba County investors.
Floor to ceiling windows, wide-planked wooden floors, hefty beams and joists will be left in place to give character to the buildings, said Kirby, managing member of Downtown Pioneers, a Gastonia redevelopment company. “We will have tons and tons of natural light,” Kirby said. Some of the old timbers are 14-by-12 inches thick. The two buildings were built in the 1930s and contain a combined 34,000 square feet...."
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