Shives Funeral Home breaks ground on new location to service Northeast Richland County
Shives Funeral Home announced it would add a second location in the Columbia area, expanding its services for families in the Midlands.
The family-owned-and-operated company broke ground on a new chapel last week at 7600 Trenholm Road Extension near Interstate 77 and Two Notch Road in northeast Richland County.
“We chose this property because of its convenient location for the families we serve in Blythewood, the Northeast, Pontiac and Elgin communities, while at the same time providing a location that is easily accessible to the Arcadia Lakes, Forest Acres, and downtown areas of Columbia,” said Randolph Shives, owner of Shives Funeral Home. “It provides us with the opportunity to build a second location in a developing area of Columbia that offers the room we need now, plus room to continue to expand in the future.”
Shives said he explored the option of an additional space for several years and chose Trenholm to develop a presence in another part of the county. His team also had outgrown their existing location on Colonial Drive.
“This space is probably close to double the size of our existing facility,” he said.
The location also offered a more quaint atmosphere and lower traffic area to better accommodate funeral processions. Previously, Shives looked at a space on Two Notch Road near Polo Road. But with Monster Storage as a next door neighbor, Shives said he thought a more appropriate place to accommodate grieving families was needed.
Shives enlisted the services of 20-plus-year veteran Davis Buchanan of Buchanan Construction Services. The Columbia-based general contracting company is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The company specializes in the design/build and renovation of medical, office, retail and warehouse facilities. This will be the company’s first funeral home build.
Buchanan said he expects construction to be completed toward the end of the year, with a potential opening date at the beginning of 2015.
The facility is set to be approximately 10,900 square feet and will house business offices, visitation rooms and indoor and outdoor reception areas. The formal chapel will hold 200 people, Buchanan said.
The building will be designed in a traditional style consisting of exterior columns, stone, wood flooring, carpet and decorative lighting.
Shives said families can expect large hallways and common areas that create a sense of comfort.
The new space is necessary in light of the growth and development of Shives Funeral Home over the past two years since Shives took it back under the family name in 2012. Shives said the business had been in the family since the 1960s. In the 1990s, his uncle sold the company to Keystone America as part of consolidation efforts by large funeral corporations in the industry at the time.
Shives continued to stay on with the company as manager of records. In 2011, an opportunity opened up for him to buy back the company from Service Corporation International, a national owner and operator of funeral homes.
Shives Funeral Home currently has a staff of around 20 people, though Shives said the team could grow in the future. In the meantime, Shives wants to continue to deliver quality services as part of a family owned and operated business in Columbia.