A top-flight commercial real estate firm will bolster its presence in Spartanburg.
Colliers International’s South Carolina brokerage has leased 2,000 square feet at 145 W. Main St. in downtown Spartanburg, on the top floor of the three-story former Carolina Gallery building now home to Bond Street Wines.
The space overlooking Morgan Square will serve as the company’s new Spartanburg office that will be manned by brokers Garrett Scott and Brockton Hall.
In conjunction with the new office, Colliers said Monday, Jan. 22, it has hired Spartanburg developer John Montgomery as vice president. Montgomery will also work out of the Spartanburg office.
“Opening a Colliers office in Spartanburg is an important element of our strategy to serve our rapidly expanding client base and aligning John Montgomery provides our firm with extraordinary new talent,” said John W. Folsom, president and CEO of Colliers | South Carolina, in a statement. “John is among the finest commercial real estate professionals in South Carolina and is a valuable addition to our Colliers team.”
“The breadth of his experience significantly enhances our firm’s ability to serve our clients not only in the Upstate, but across South Carolina and in the Southeast as well,” Folsom added.
Montgomery served as vice president of real estate for Upstate-based Pacolet Milliken Enterprises Inc. for several years before leaving in 2015 to form his own development company.
He helped orchestrate the redevelopment of Spartanburg’s historic Drayton Mill, and has worked with Scott and Hall on several large economic development projects in the county and beyond, such as Toray, Ritrama, and Magna Seating.
“It’s been a pleasure working with John on multiple projects and proving how well our skill sets complement one another,” Scott said in a statement. “I am excited about expanding Colliers’ footprint locally and having the pleasure of doing so with my friend and now partner John Montgomery.”
Montgomery, originally of Spartanburg, is a graduate of the Liberty Fellowship and the National Outdoor Leadership School.
He has served on boards for Converse College, Glenn Springs Academy, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate, SAFE Homes Rape Crisis Coalition, Spartanburg Community College Foundation, and the University of South Carolina Upstate Foundation.
Montgomery also serves as chairman of the City of Spartanburg’s Commission of Public Works.
“I am thrilled to be joining Garrett Scott and the Colliers team to open a Spartanburg location,” Montgomery said in a statement. “With Garret’s vast experience in the industrial development industry, as well as all of the economic activity that Spartanburg is experiencing, I think this is a perfect time for a top-ranked national firm such as Colliers to expand their presence in the market.”
Montgomery said some renovation of the space will be required. Property records showed the building, which sits at the southwest corner of the intersection of West Main and Wall streets, was constructed in 1900.
The team will work temporarily in an office off St. John Street during construction, Montgomery said.
He anticipates the new office will open during the summer.
Montgomery said he expects to hire a few employees and hopes to eventually expand to the building’s second floor.
“Colliers prides itself on combining the best of local, boots-on-the-ground market expertise with a global, cutting-edge platform,” said David Feild, market president of Colliers’ Spartanburg and Greenville locations. “Adding a physical presence in Spartanburg is the next logical step for us.”
“With the increased growth, development, and interest in the Upstate region, it only makes sense for us to increase our presence in the market with the addition of the new location and the alignment with highly regarded professionals to better meet our clients’ needs and accelerate their success.”
Colliers said the Spartanburg office will offer expertise “for all product types and services” in its platform by leveraging its expertise in the Upstate and across South Carolina.
“This is the model that has led Colliers to success in South Carolina and around the world, by promoting specialization among its brokerage professionals, who focus on office, retail, industrial, and investment properties, and collaborate with other specialists, such as those in property management, development services, and corporate solutions. Colliers also provides customized solutions to meet the needs of the client rather than applying a one-size-fits-all approach to commercial real estate,” the company said in a statement.
Colliers International | South Carolina said it has nearly 140 employees, including 60 real estate professionals. The company exceeded $750 million in brokerage volume involving more than 900 transactions in 2017.