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West Columbia, South Carolina Partners with Retail Strategies

West Columbia Hires Retail Strategies


CONTACT: Katelyn Little
Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (May 10, 2022) – The City of West Columbia, South Carolina has chosen Retail Strategies, the leading national retail development firm, to develop and execute a retail recruitment strategy on behalf of the city. The City of West Columbia will receive a tailored retail recruitment plan along with proactive retail recruitment by the Retail Strategies team.

“The team at Retail Strategies takes a personal and passionate approach to recruiting retail and restaurant businesses to a community,” said BJ Unthank, Economic Development Director for the City of West Columbia, South Carolina. “Retail Strategies will provide insights and strong retail recruitment tools that will ignite further commercial development in West Columbia. After a thorough research process, we are proud to select Retail Strategies as our partner in this investment in our city.”

Lacey Bacchus, business developer at Retail Strategies, said, “The partnership with our team is another example of the city’s proactive dedication to growing and sustaining the development of West Columbia. Retail Strategies looks forward to working with city leadership in West Columbia and expanding our reach across South Carolina.”

Through the partnership, the city will receive a tailored retail recruitment plan based on in-depth market analysis, consumer analysis and real estate assessment and proactive retail and broker outreach by the Retail Strategies team. Strategies will work hand in hand with West Columbia city leaders to help them understand their market and highlight opportunities for development, backfill, infill and business attraction. Additionally, the team at Retail Strategies will proactively reach out to potential businesses, property owners, brokers, and developers about specific retail real estate opportunities in West Columbia.

About the City of West Columbia, South Carolina

The City of West Columbia, South Carolina is located in Lexington County and just across the river from the the capital  city of Columbia. With a growing population of roughly 18,500 people West Columbia offers residents a dense suburban feel along with parks, recreational activities and outdoor natural attractions. The city’s business-friendly policies, low taxes, and utility rates make it prime for business attraction and recruitment.

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About Retail Strategies

Retail Strategies is the national expert in recruiting businesses and strategically developing communities. Our mission is to provide the real estate expertise, tools, and human effort that position deserving towns as alluring locations for national businesses and destinations for tourism and quality of life amenities. With confidence, we pursue this mission by delivering unparalleled customer service as a unified team with unmatched real estate and community development expertise. Our activities pay a return in sales taxes, added jobs, and businesses that enhance and add to the unique qualities of your community.

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