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Columbia Airport increases parking rates; Bojangles coming to new Northeast site

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Passengers exit an escalator to the main concourse at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport in West Columbia on Aug. 29, 2019. File/John A. Carlos II/Special to The Post and Courier

COLUMBIA — Travel is a more expensive proposition in 2021, and that includes parking at Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

A rate increase for surface and garage parking went into effect Oct. 1 at the airport in Springdale. 

The daily surface parking rate rose by $2 to $10 per day, while the garage rate also rose by $2 to $14 per day.

The first half-hour in the surface lot will be free, with a $1 per half-hour after that to the $10 maximum.

In a statement, the airport said that the rate increase was the first since 2004 for airport parking and that the money is funding continued improvements at the airport.

“While we try to avoid rate increases that impact the traveler, we want the community to know that we’re reinvesting much of this revenue back into making this airport as effective and efficient as possible," airport executive director Mike Gula said in the statement.

One improvement that already is in place: a digital sign system that is intended to help customers find open parking spaces more quickly.

Other improvements being added include better lighting and a resurfacing of the parking lots, according to the airport statement.

Customers also can pre-book and pay for parking at a reduced rate before coming to the airport. 

The rate increase is roughly comparable to what's being charged at competitor airports to Columbia Metro.

Daily parking in the long-term lots at Charlotte-Douglas (accessed via bus ride) costs $10 per day or $12 per day for garage parking. The economy lot at Charleston International Airport costs $11, while daily garage parking is $17 per day.

Bojangles in Northeast

Coffee, meet chicken.

A Bojangles chicken restaurant will be a new addition going into the same development as a newly opened Starbucks on Spears Church Creek Road, according to city of Columbia building documents.

The two businesses will be side-by-side at the road's interchange with Interstate 20. 

The Starbucks opened on Sept. 11, another sign that the road is growing in importance as a commercial corridor, especially for businesses that cater to commuters.

No opening date for the Bojangles has been announced.

Pitas in Five Points

Pita Pit has returned to Five Points.

A grand opening was held Oct. 11 for the location at 2002 Greene St., which has closed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pita Pit location in the Arcade Mall on Main Street closed last year, so if you need a pita, it's to Five Points you go.

Colliers toasts 115 years

Commercial real estate firm Colliers South Carolina is toasting its 115 years in business with its own beer.

The company worked with Holy City Brewing in Charleston to create "The Dealmaker," a German-style Kolsch beer with hints of peach, part of its embrace of all things South Carolina.

The can art for the product was created by a Columbia artist, Cait Moloney. 

Every employee received some commemorative cans of the beer as part of the company's anniversary celebration, while Colliers also will offer the beer when hosting some company events. 

The beer also will be on tap at Holy City for a limited time, according to the company's statement.

"I can’t think of a more fun and unique way to celebrate than by creating our own exclusive beer," CEO John Folsom said.

What's new in Antiques

McIntosh Cottage Antiques held a grand opening last weekend for its Columbia store at 714 Beltline Blvd. near Cross Hill Market.

The family-run company has operated two stores in Georgia for more than 30 years.

Elizabeth Sheehan moved here with her husband Adam, a Columbia native, and thought for years about opening a location of her family’s business here, she said.

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