Update on Rocky Mount Mills: Strength in Numbers


If you want to see the treasures of the past mingled with the progress of the future, look no further than the campus under development at Rocky Mount Mills and the story of Melody Paris Bardowell.

Melody is an account executive for Envolve Vision, a company which is planning to move its corporate headquarters to Rocky Mount Mills. Melody is a fifth generation millworker. In 1901, her great-great grandfather worked at Rocky Mount Mills. In a recent interview featured on the Rocky Mount Mills website, Melody emphasized how excited she was to carry on the family tradition of being surrounded by the wonderful environment of the mill.

We’re excited too. We can't wait to see the finished campus. However, until then, we wanted to supply you with the 4-1-1 on some interesting statistics and updates about the planned development.

Gems of the Past Create Treasures of the Future

The following numbers each represent a stake in a dream---a dream of a revitalized Rocky Mount that hearkens back to the time when it was difficult to find a parking space downtown. This was a decade when Main Street stores were an absolute must for purchasing back-to-school supplies, prescription refills and selecting a new Easter dress.

Therefore, when you look at each figure, think not only of the number itself, but about the potential future it brings.

  • Three restaurants are open for business, offering wood-fired pizza, chef-inspired tacos and eclectic tavern fare.
  • Five breweries offer visitors a variety of options for beers, while one company makes and sells natural soda.
  • More than 65 mill homes have been transformed into beautifully appointed rental homes (with a waitlist for openings).
  • The project features 300,000 square feet of office space.
  • There will be 69 loft apartments: Rent on these apartments will range from $950 to $2,200 a month.
  • Most of the 160 acres of the campus have not been developed---leaving plenty of room for other projects.

New Events at Rocky Mount Mills

The mill is sponsoring several upcoming events. You can read all about them on their website, and some of the highlights include:

  • Game nights
  • "Bend and Brew" yoga classes
  • Quiz nights
  • Open mic nights

Nash Community College holds its Brewing, Fermentation and Distillation courses on campus. These courses concentrate on marketing, fermentation science and beer chemistry.

Good Things are Brewing at Rocky Mount Mills

The economic impact of the craft beer industry on North Carolina is astounding, according to figures from the North Carolina Craft Brewers’ Guild.

  • 675,469 barrels of beer were produced in NC in 2015
  • This represents more than $1.2 billion in annual wages

  • The NC craft brewery industry has grown from 45 breweries in 2010 to more than 200 in 2017.

We're excited to see how Rocky Mount Mills continues to impact the economic outlook for Rocky Mount.

Want more information? Check out these interesting posts:

Cheers to the New Brewmill Project

Craft Breweries Bring Employment Opportunities to Rocky Mount 

Updates on Rocky Mount Mills 

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