Several Columbia County businesses are changing locations within the county, looking for a bigger space or more visibility.
Chain Reaction Bicycles held its grand opening this weekend in a new location on Evans to Locks Road in Evans.
The previous store, tucked away on Roberts Road in Martinez, wasn’t as visible, said owner Phil Cohen.
The new location also gives Chain Reaction about twice the space, and Cohen said he believes it will make doing business much easier.
“I think it’s going to be much more comfortable and efficient,” he said. “I really want to make this a better experience for my customers and my employees.”
Just in time for the Christmas shopping season, Learning Express is making its third move inside Columbia County to a space in the Mullins Crossing shopping center. The store previously was located at 4158 Washington Road, near the PeachMac store.
Owner Susy Allen said this will be the last move for the toy retailer.
“This is the location we wanted initially,” she said. “It just wasn’t available. We’re fortunate that something opened just as our lease ended.”
She said the foot traffic at Mullins Crossing, anchored by retailers such as Target and Kohl’s, was a big part of the appeal.
“We see it as the premier retail center in the area,” she said.
She said the increased space in the new location allows wider aisles, more strategic displays and a cleaner feel.
“The sales floor and back room (are) bigger,” she said. “A lot of people have used the adjective ‘overwhelming’ when describing us and, well, we just weren’t sure that was a compliment.”
Oxford Learning Center, located in Liberty Square, is relocating to the Evans Town Centre shopping center on Washington Road. Lu Ann Olivas, the center’s director, said visibility motivated the move.
“We really were never seen where we are,” she said. “And visibility, for a business like this, is important.”
The new location would have about 300 square feet more space and currently is being renovated to meet Oxford’s specific needs.
Attic Treasures, a secondhand charity shop located in Harlem, now has more than four times the space. The store relocated from its current location on North Louisville Street to the old IGA store on U.S. 78.
“We have 3,000 square feet,” said Attic Treasures President Ann Blalock. “We will have 13,000.”
She said that while much of the new space hasn’t been allocated, the store’s current stock takes up half the space. After that, there are plans for a permanent Christmas store, a section with more “man stuff” and room for health and education programs.
In Grovetown, 3B Fitness, a training facility specializing in wrestling and MMA, has moved after only six months. The new, larger location is at 615 E. Robinson Ave.
“We just kept growing,” said owner Bonnie Cunningham. “It’s a pretty positive problem to have.”