COLUMBIA CITY — The relocation of a business from Fort Wayne to Columbia City will soon benefit local residents in more ways than one.
ADMC Enterprises, which manages Verizon stores in the area, is moving its headquarters to Columbia City, constructing a new three-storefront facility at the corner of Walker Way and State Road 109. Along with the new Verizon store, there will be a Jimmy John’s restaurant.
Jimmy John’s is a franchised sandwich restaurant chain that specializes in delivery.
Columbia City’s Common Council approved a tax abatement for the building construction earlier this year, and ADMC Enterprises expects to bring in six jobs at an average of $24 an hour.
“I see this as very positive,” said Riley Hollenbaugh, of the Whitley County EDC.
During the council meeting, Mayor Ryan Daniel made note that Columbia City doesn’t intend to “poach jobs” from other northeast Indiana cities in the Regional Partnership, but said he is glad the company decided to choose Columbia City as “home.”
The expected completion for the building was June-July, but, due to weather, developer Bill Roebel said he’s about three weeks behind, and expecting it to be finished in mid-July.
Roebel has been developing similar buildings for about 30 years, and was approached by the Verizon retailer about a new site in Columbia City. Currently, Wireless Zone is located nearby, just to the south on the other side of State Road 109.
The company’s investment of about $1 million will give a nice boost to the city.
“We’ve been really excited about it,” said Community Development Director Jeff Walker.
The Verizon section of the building is about 2,500 square feet, and the other two spaces are about 1,100 square feet, one of which will be occupied by Jimmy John’s.
Walker, along with EDC President Jon Myers, said the business is a perfect fit for that location.
“We are not only happy to see an expansion by one of our local entrepreneurs, but the addition of a new building along Walker Way will add to the aesthetics of that commercial area,” said EDC President Jon Myers.
“ADMC Enterprises is a locally owned and operated franchisee of Wireless Zone, a Verizon Wireless premium retailer,” said ADMC Enterprises Owner Brian McMeeking. “ADMC Enterprises is excited to partner up with BR Real Estate on the new plaza and bring the new Verizon Wireless smart store design to Columbia City. Customers will be pleased with the increased space offered in the new state-of-the-art facility.”
The city approved a 10-year tax abatement at the request of the Whitley County EDC.
“We are pleased to support the continued growth of ADMC Enterprises. This building will not only provide additional space for Verizon, but will also open up additional frontage for other tenants. The investment continues the momentum of growth in our community and follows our tagline of Building a Future Together,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel.