New development coming to Columbus

Published 8:00 am Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bojangles’, O’Reilly, Urgent Care and cell phone company coming to former Watson’s

COLUMBUS — Demolition and construction should begin this week at the former Watson’s Flooring & Appliance and Columbus Hardware Store to make room for four new businesses, including a Bojangles’.

Columbus Mayor Eric McIntyre said permits have been issued for a new Bojangles, an O’Reilly Auto Parts Store, an Urgent Care and a cell phone company.

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He said the current building will be demolished and four new buildings constructed on the lot.

“There’s going to be four buildings,” McIntyre said. “They are going to tear down what is there and get everything started.”

McIntyre said Columbus officials are going to try to talk the Urgent Care into staying open later hours than other Urgent Cares. He said it would be nice if Columbus had an Urgent Care that would stay open until at least 6 p.m., since working people have to take off work to get there in time.

McIntyre said it looks like the cell phone company building will be towards the back of the property and town officials are not at liberty yet to say which company will be located there.

The property is located just before downtown Columbus on West Mills Street. Watson’s Flooring and Appliances recently moved to the former Link Medical building, located on Shuford Road in Columbus.

The Columbus Hardware Store closed this summer.

There is a Bojangles’ located in Landrum. Bojangles’ will join McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Subway and KFC/Taco Bell as fast food restaurants located on the commercial strip in Columbus.