Agape Senior plans to relocate its corporate headquarters and some of its retail services to three buildings along Columbia’s Main Street. (Photo/James T. Hammond)
By James T. Hammond
Published Nov. 20, 2012
Agape Senior, a West Columbia-based company that provides health care and senior living services, plans to relocate its corporate headquarters and some of its retail services to three buildings in the 1600 block of Columbia’s Main Street.
The buildings at 1614, 1620 and 1626 Main St. will be renovated to accommodate the corporate offices, the Goodlife Cafe, a health and exercise club, catering service, conference center for 300 people and the Agape Pharmacy.
Agape will occupy a total of 43,000 square feet of space in the three buildings that once were home to Kimbrell’s Furniture, Schulte’s department store and the W.T. Grant store. The conference center will comprise 3,000 square feet of the complex.
Scott Middleton, Agape’s founder and owner, said he hopes to have the cafe open by June.
Middleton said he aims to sell the retail space in West Columbia that is currently home to the Agape Pharmacy. The corporate headquarters in West Columbia will be converted to a division headquarters for the company’s hospice services.
Agape has 1,900 employees statewide, and is the largest hospice provider in the state, Middleton said.
Lee Mashburn, vice president of Mashburn Construction Co. and longtime board member of the City Center Partnership, has assisted in the relocation plans for Agape, and his company will renovate the three buildings, which are adjacent to the new Taylor Street parking garage. Mashburn said the shell architect will be Lambert Architecture and the upfit architect will be CJMW Architects of Lexington.
“We intend to maintain the historic look of all three buildings,” Mashburn said.
Mashburn said work is expected to begin on the renovations toward the end of this year, and Agape is expected to move in during the third quarter of 2013.
The relocation of the Agape businesses is expected to bring 100 employees to Main Street.
Agape’s plans were unveiled at the City Center Partnership annual meeting at the Capital Center Monday night.
According to the company’s website, the original Agape facility in West Columbia was purchased in 1999 by Middleton. Since that time, Agape Senior has expanded to provide seven additional assisted living facilities, three rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities, and 12 hospice sites.