The revitalization of Main Street

Ameris Bank moving state headquarters to Columbia’s Main Street

jwilkinson@thestate.comFebruary 12, 2013 

— Ameris Bank is relocating its South Carolina headquarters to 1333 Main St.

The bank, which has three branches in Columbia and six others in Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head and Beaufort, will move to the space beside Granger Owings clothing store in mid-May, said Richard Sturm, the bank’s South Carolina regional president.

The bank will occupy 3,000 square feet on the ground floor of the former IBM building, as well as 12,500 square feet of additional office space that will serve as the bank’s state headquarters, which are now on Gervais Street.

“Moving onto Main Street legitimizes us as a sound regional bank,” Sturm said. “It gives us a presence and name recognition in the heart of Columbia.”

Ameris Bank was founded 41 years ago in Moultrie, Ga., and has 60 branches in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Alabama. It holds approximately $3 billion in publicly traded assets, according to a release.

Aaron Dupree, senior associate of CBRE/Columbia, which brokered the lease, said the move is another boost to Main Street. The corridor is in the midst of a revitalization that has attracted housing, retailers and office headquarters in recent years. It will bring the occupancy of the building to 92 percent, Dupree said.

“This addition reduces the available office space on Main Street, which has seen significant attention in the last 12 months,” he said.

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