Columbia County residents now have one more stop on their way to Thurmond Lake.
TPS, the county's farthest retail outpost west on Washington Road before Pollard's Corner, opened Oct. 3 at the corner of Washington Road and William Few Parkway.
The Pumping Station franchise, owned by David Sandbach of Augusta, houses a convenience store, drive-through car wash, a Blimpie Salads and Subs and a full Bojangles Famous Chicken and Biscuits restaurant.
"It is a pleasure to be here in a facility that is finally done," said Patrick Landon, operator of the Bojangles that his wife, Sandra, owns. During the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony, he said he hoped it would mark the beginning of a long life of serving the residents of Columbia County.
Ron Cross, chairman of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners, spoke of the county's growth during the event, which was sponsored by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.
"I look at this, and it makes me think of Columbia County," he said. "We are growing and (Bojangles and The Pumping Station) are growing. What is important is service to the customers."
Brad Sandbach, vice president of store, said business has been up and down since opening, but he added that the location has seen lots of customers from Greenbrier High School, across the street.
"We are just tickled pink to be here," he said.
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