Fireflies open for business in Columbia’s Vista

The Columbia Fireflies have yet to take the field, but team management is hoping to see their merchandise under lots of Christmas trees this year.

Columbia Fireflies President John Katz cuts the ribbon at the team's retail store Monday as other team staff members watch (photo by Allen Wallace)

Columbia Fireflies President John Katz cuts the ribbon at the team’s retail store Tuesday as other team staff members watch. (photo by Allen Wallace)

The team hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday for its retail store at 807 Gervais St. in the Vista.

“This is a great storefront for them,” said Columbia Chamber President and CEO Carl Blackstone. “We’re only about five months away from baseball. April 14 is coming soon.”

The Fireflies Opening Day is scheduled for April 14.

Fireflies President John Katz said the team’s lease at the Gervais store ends in March but that “for the time being, this is a pretty cool place to be. I love the Vista.”

Katz said he has not yet decided whether the Vista store will stay open beyond March.

“We’ll have a full store as part of the stadium,” he said. “This is a great spot, but once we’re up and running in the ballpark, it’s not quite as necessary to have another presence.”

Katz said the stadium construction is on time and under budget.

He said the Vista store opened before the ribbon cutting, just days after last month’s floods, in an effort to help the community the Fireflies are joining.

“We opened specifically to be a drop-off point for the United Way and Harvest Hope,” Katz said. “When we first opened we didn’t have enough merchandise in the store to really be open for business.”

The store is now fully stocked and ready for customers. Hours and information on what’s for sale can be found here.

Categories: Business, Richland County