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Hardees coming to Camden
Graham Realty sells downtown lots; buys, moves into Wells Fargo building
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The former home of Graham Realty at the corner of DeKalb and Fair streets in downtown Camden is where Hardees will return to Camden after more than a 10-year absence. Jeffrey Graham recently sold the lots to a Hardees franchisee. Graham, in turn, purchased the Wells Fargo bank building and is moving his real estate company there. - photo by Jim Tatum

An old favorite, gone from Camden for more than a decade, is coming back to town.

Hardee’s is coming to the corner of DeKalb and Fair streets across from Hampton Park, adding a third fast food choice next to Burger King and across from McDonald’s.

Jeffrey Graham, owner of Graham Realty, confirmed Wednesday a limited liability company of his, Palmetto Sunshine LLC, recently sold four parcels -- including those on which the real estate company operated -- to a company which scouts out potential Hardee’s locations.

Seema Shrivastava, vice president of Carolina Convenience Corporation, a Hardee’s Franchisee, confirmed Thursday that her company bought the property and plans to build a Hardee’s restaurant there. The Lexington-based company paid $435,000 for the property and will invest another $1.4 million to develop the site and build the restaurant, she said. The company currently operates four Hardee’s restaurants in the Columbia area and has plans to build four more, including the one in Camden, Shrivastava said.  

With several projects online, she said the Camden Hardee’s will probably get underway in late 2016 or early 2017. 

“We’re very excited about coming to Camden,” she said. “Camden is a growing market, but it’s also a great small city with that hometown feel. We are a small, family-owned company. We look forward to becoming a part of the community and getting involved -- wherever we go we like to get involved and give back.” 

Carolina Convenience Corporation is involved in a number of businesses, including ownership and operation of S-Mart convenience stores, throughout the Midlands. 

The company has been a Hardee’s franchisee since 1998, she said. Typically, a Hardee’s restaurant will employ 45 to 50 people, she said.

Graham, meanwhile, purchased the Wells Fargo building on DeKalb Street and moved Graham Realty there.

Graham also confirmed Palmetto Sunshine has bought the Wells Fargo Bank property and is in the process of moving there. A deed of this transaction is available at the Registrar of Deeds Office and shows Palmetto Sunshine purchased the property for $500,000.

“We will be on the second floor of the building,” Graham said. “Wells Fargo will remain where it is; they are committed to continuing their investment in Camden.”

Graham also said he is excited about moving to the new location.

“Graham Realty has been a part of this community for more than 45 years,” he said. “We are committed to our community -- that’s why we have chosen to re-invest in downtown and be a part of it more and more on a daily basis. We are excited about our new location -- and we are excited about the new development opportunities coming to our previous location.”