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Columbia pool store to move to Forest Drive

kruponJanuary 4, 2013 

Jack Oliver Pools and Spas will triple its space and offer more outdoor living goods when it moves into a prime spot on Forest Drive in March.

The pool store, which opened on Millwood Avenue in 2009, will move into the former Good Wood store at 3303 Forest Drive at the same time that its business is picking up due to the improving economy.

“We’re just kind of busting at the seams,” said Stephen Oliver, who manages the current 4,000-square-foot store for his brother, Jack Oliver. “Right now, we’re just landlocked.”

The new store will be 12,000 square feet, he said. Most of the space will be used as a showroom, including a built-in indoor gunite pool for customers to see.

The new store will offer more grills – from ceramic and infrared to gas and wood pellet – as well as the patio furniture, saunas, hot tubs and pool supplies that it currently offers. “We want to be basically a one stop for your backyard and patio needs,” Oliver said.

The store is expanding as the economy slowly improves.

“We probably saw at least a 25 percent increase in pool builds” last year over 2011, Oliver said. Sales also have picked up in grills and hot tubs, he said.

The pool store owners are doing some slight remodeling at the new site, which they purchased last week, installing new lights, taking out carpet and staining the concrete floors.

The Forest Drive location has been vacant since Good Wood closed this summer after three decades in business.

Jack Oliver Pools chose the location because it has well trafficked and is a major access point to Columbia, Oliver said.

The company also liked the revitalization going on in the area. Whole Foods opened last year just a couple of miles away, and Trader Joe’s is opening nearby in the next few months.

“This little triangle here, just seems to be a lot of growth,” Oliver said. “A lot of people are moving back downtown. … The need is definitely there.”

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