Half-Moon Outfitters, a regional chain of outdoors retail stores with headquarters in Charleston, has acquired a 14,000-square-foot building at 603 E. Stone Ave. as a new home for its Greenville store, which is currently located at 1437 Laurens Road.
The Greenville store will move in late 2017 or 2018, the company said. Half-Moon Outfitters is in the final year of its lease at the shopping center near the intersection of Laurens and Pleasantburg roads. The retailer is currently found between Luthi’s Outfitters and the Trek Bicycle Store in the shopping center, where it opened in 1994.
The buyer was represented in the transaction by Grayson Burgess, a part time Half-Moon employee and real estate agent for the Burgess Company. Kristina Lane and Ryan Robertson of SVN Blackstream represented the seller.
The move will bring Half-Moon Outfitters closer to Greenville’s downtown, the North Main Street district, and the coming Northpointe development at the intersection of Stone Avenue and Wade Hampton Boulevard.
“We’re trying to get a little closer to where the momentum of the city is,” said Beezer Molten, owner of Half-Moon Outfitters.
He also said the nearby Richland Creek Basin and the ongoing work on the sewer line looks as though it could work for a possible extension of the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail or creation of another trail, and Half-Moon would want to be actively involved in that project.
“We would help in whatever means we could,” Molten said. “Getting people outside as frequently as possible is important and there’s nothing better than these trails for that.”
The retailer intends to renovate the building, which was once a CarQuest auto parts store, to be a Net Zero Building (NZEB) — meaning that the total amount of energy used annually will be equal to the total amount of renewable energy generated at the site.
The company plans to generate energy with a 60-kilowatt solar array on the roof, and renovate the building to be more energy efficient.
The Solar System will be provided by Sol Bright and their employee Andrew Streit who was instrumental in building the company’s Solar Tree at their Columbia store. All modeling and NZEB calculations will be done by the Sustainability Institute of SC. In addition, the Sustainability Institute will make their Energy Conservation Corps available for some of the energy efficient upgrades the building will need.
Half-Moon will occupy 10,000 square feet in the renovated building with an additional 3,500-plus square feet available for lease for additional tenants, which could be a restaurant concept, a local beer maker or a local boutique coffee concept, depending on space requirements, Molten said.
“We want something to enhance the retail experience,” he said.
The increase from 7,500-10,000 square feet will allow Half-Moon to display its hundreds of paddle boards and kayaks, most of which are stored, unseen by customers, in the basement at the Laurens Road location.
Half-Moon Outfitters has eight stores throughout South Carolina and Georgia.