Dryden Enterprises, Inc. broke ground Thursday at its new location along South Main Street between the Heritage Bank drive-thru and Brinkley Floor Covering.
Dryden employees, Hinesville Mayor Allen Brown, city council members and local officials grabbed a golden shovel and threw up some dirt, symbolically starting construction on the new facility.
Dryden Enterprises has been located in the historic Charlton Hines House for 20 years. The Charlton Hines House was one of the first houses built in Hinesville after it was established.
Michelle Ricketson, executive director of the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority, was thrilled that the business will stay in area.
“For me one of the exciting things is the synergy of downtown. As businesses are expanding and relocating they are choosing to stay in downtown and that’s exciting to me,” Ricketson said. “They are staying in downtown, they’re growing in downtown.”
It’s been a long time since new construction for a business has happened downtown.
The new Justice Center and Hinesville City Hall are government buildings and the most recent construction in the area happened along Memorial Drive with Renaissance Park Senior Village, Armstrong Liberty Campus and the new Live Oak Public Libraries Hinesville branch.
Claude Dryden, owner of Dryden Enterprises Inc. and Dryden Properties, said his staff has outgrown their current office and they were looking for a bigger area.
The business will move from 2,400 square feet to 7,000 square feet.
The new office will include “a new, modern show room”, conference room and larger kitchen where he and is employees like to gather. Many of his employees are family members.
Dryden decided to stay downtown because he likes the proximity to his bank, the planning commission and other departments his business interacts with.
“We like the exposure from all the traffic going back and forth,” Dryden said. “The most important thing is that we’re a family business. We’re here for the long run.”
The facility will be a two-story brick building.
“It will blend in. It has a lot of the same concepts of the historic area, but then it also sets us apart because we don’t look like the bank (Heritage) or the Justice Center. We want people to drive by here and see this office and see that it represents us and who we are.”