After operating a flooring business in Thomson for 40 years, Raymond Swann decided to expand into Columbia County.
Swann, who runs Thomson Carpet Center and Remnant & Rug shop with sons Mark and Stephen Swann, recently opened Grovetown Floors & Rugs at 806 Horizon South Parkway in Grovetown.
The 6,000-square-foot building is next to Food Lion in the Grovetown Crossing shopping center.
“This is something I’ve been wanting to do for at least four to five years, but the timing wasn’t right,” Swann said. “I finally thought the timing was right and decided to act on it.”
The rapid growth within the county, especially near the Grovetown area, was enough to warrant the added location, Swann said.
“We’re already working in that area,” he said. “We have a lot of customers in Columbia County.”
Swann said his son, Stephen, handles the day-to-day operations at the Grovetown location.
At Grovetown Floors & Rugs, customers can find a full line of floor covering that includes carpet, vinyl, laminate, hardwood and ceramic tile. The store will carry a large assortment of area rugs.
Swann’s company carries products for residential construction and renovation projects and provides installation services.
The business also does commercial work for Fort Gordon, local hospitals and county and school facilities.
Swann said 50 percent of his business comes from outside Thomson.
“Hopefully, it’ll make it more convenient for the people who are already trading with us,” Swann said.
The store’s hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
In Martinez, a Rec Tec Grills retail store opened at 4007 Enterprise Court, behind Golden Corral and Southern Lighting Gallery on Bobby Jones Expressway.
The Rec Tec is a barbecue grill that uses wood fire to cook, bake, roast, grill or slow-smoke foods.
For information, call (706) 922-0890 or visit www.rectecgrills.com.
Construction on the Augusta area’s first Steak ‘n Shake is expected to start this month.
The 3,500-square-foot restaurant will be built at the corner of Jimmy Dyess Parkway and Belair Frontage Road, said franchise owner Preston Moss.
The widely popular restaurant specializes in
steakburgers and hand-dipped milkshakes.
It will be open 24 hours, seven says a week and serve breakfast.
The restaurant will have a drive-thru window and employ about 100 people, Moss said.
Phil Cohen is moving Chain Reaction Bicycles from Martinez to the former Jump City location at 4407 Evans to Locks Road in Evans this summer.
Cohen has spent 21 years in his current building on Roberts Road and is moving to improve visibility and better use space, he said.
Cohen said he hopes to open the new store in July.