Tony Berry opened Berry's Home Furnishings in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1991.
Sales and profits grew steadily through 1994. Then the customers stopped coming.
Berry responded to this owner's nightmare by polling residents of York, Chester and Lancaster Counties to determine where they were going – and why they had stopped shopping at his store. The Answer: They were traveling 18 miles north to Pineville, North Carolina, where a hub of major home furnishings chains had located – along with nationally known retail stores and restaurants. The customers went to shop, but also to dine and be entertained.
The solution for Berry was to develop a critical mass of strong retail, preferred dining and state of the art entertainment venues which would offer the residents of York, Chester and Lancaster Counties what they wanted – without having to leave town.
Berry assembled a development team to identify a location and create a conceptual vision of what could be possible. Their chosen location was 150 acres of land at the intersection of Dave Lyle Boulevard and Interstate 77 owned by The City of Rock Hill. The City's vision for their land meshed perfectly with Berry's, and The City of Rock Hill entered into a public-private partnership with Berry and his team to develop the land into what is now regionally known as Manchester Village.
Since that time in 1995, Berry's companies have grown in number, size and scope. Two of The Berry Company's highest profile developments, Manchester Village and Millwood Plantation, are widely considered to have raised the bar for development in Upstate South Carolina. Tony has been directly involved in development of over 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space and over 2,000 apartment units and residential lots located in Rock Hill, Lancaster, Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Large mixed use land development, retail and restaurant, medical and professional office, single family lot development, multi-family residential development, "Trees to Keys" project and construction management, and Property Management have all made their way into his portfolio as a natural progression from his first project two decades ago.