Anyone in the Midlands looking to install new flooring, a backsplash, or hard surface covering now has a new local option specialized to fit those needs. Floor & Decor opened Tuesday in Columbia, and the new facility has 80,000 sq.-ft. of options.

The Columbia store is the third Floor & Decor to open in the state. Chief executive merchant Chad Novak described the business as a home improvement store, focused on hard surface flooring including luxury vinyl planks, solid wood, engineered wood, marble, porcelain and ceramic stone and kitchen/bath projects like backsplash and counter tops.

"We're focused on helping homeowners, do-it-yourselfers, contractors and builders, to give them the materials they need," said Novak.

The business is located at 3700 Fernandina Rd., on the property of the former Hampton Jaguar. Novak said the car dealership was torn down in order to build Floor & Decor from the ground up. About 50 people have been employed at the new business so far. Novak said it was wonderful to see everything come together at their grand opening.

"It is really awesome - I mean the energy within the store, and from the community. It's just an overwhelming, welcoming feeling of excitement," he said. "They [customers] are in awe when they see all the products we're offering for the Columbia market."

Floor & Decor Columbia is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. The other two South Carolina locations are in Charleston and Greenville. Additional information can be found on the company's Facebook page.

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