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Murphy USA building 2 new convenience stores; more apartments coming on Main Street

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Murphy Express in Columbia

Murphy Express stations continue to be built in Columbia. This one is at 3000 Two Notch Road. Mike Fitts/Staff

COLUMBIA — Murphy USA continues to add to its growing number of convenience stores in the Columbia market.

Its Murphy Express convenience store at the corner of Two Notch Road and Beltline Boulevard is essentially complete.

The store is a new 2,800-square-foot convenience store with eight pumps.

An existing building, home to Capital City Dentistry, was demolished to make way for the project. The dental office relocated down the street to 3014 Two Notch Road.

No opening date for this location has been announced, and an inquiry to Murphy was not immediately returned.

When it opens, the station will become the 18th Murphy location in Richland and Lexington counties.

Murphy began as a company that developed gas stations at Walmart locations under the Murphy USA banner, but it has expanded to add Murphy Express locations with a larger convenience store.

It added stations at 201 Bush River Road in Columbia and 2818 Augusta Road in West Columbia in the past year.

Construction is beginning on another Murphy project: a Murphy Express location in the Cedar Terrace shopping center on Garners Ferry Road.

That location received approval in 2020 from the Columbia Board of Zoning Appeals, but work on the site there is just beginning. 

During a public hearing on that site, Tyler Brandt, real estate manager for the company, said that Columbia was a priority market for the company.

Nationwide, the company has about 1,600 locations in 25 states, according to its website.

With the growth in the market by QuikTrip and 7-Eleven, Columbia is seeing a surge of new convenience store locations being opened by three national chains.

New Main Street apartments

A renovated building on Columbia’s Main Street is ready to start leasing apartments and a retail space.

The Klondike Building at 1813 Main St. will offer 28 one- and two-bedroom apartments with an expected move-in date of September, according to the Cason Development Group and Cohn Corp., which have been remodeling the property.

The building also will have a 1,000-foot ground floor space for retail, possibly a space for a boutique or other shop. It also is available for lease.

The Klondike will be the first building in the 1800 block, just south of Elmwood Avenue, to feature a renovation for apartments.

“The Cason and Cohn development will be the new residential anchor on the northern end of the Main Street District, and bring 24-hour-a-day life to that part of downtown, with more to come in that area in the near future,” said Matt Kennell, CEO of City Center Partnership, which promotes the downtown district.

"Our goal was to bring this historic office building back to life while maintaining its mid-century modern aesthetic, and we are extremely pleased with how it’s coming along," said Frank Cason of Cason Group, which is overseeing leasing.

"The natural lighting in these apartments, combined with the modern finishes and proximity to downtown office buildings make this complex ideal for business professionals looking to live near their work," Cason said.

Cason and Cohn bought the building in 2019.

The building was built in 1961 by the Klondike Corp. and its original purpose was as office space for the federal government.

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