Jillian's closed in Columbia's Vista three years ago. Allen Wallace photo.

The Arnold Companies announced Friday the opening of Junction 800, a multi-purpose event venue in the former Jillian's space, located in the heart of Columbia's Vista.

The 16,000 sq.-ft. facility will have open floor space for maximum flexibility, allowing each event to be customized as needed. Southern Way Hospitality Group will be the managing entity, and cater for all events.

According to the announcement, the venue will seat more than 500 guests, and can serve up to 1,000 people for cocktails and receptions.

“We’re very excited to add this venue to the options in Columbia,” said COO Shelly Little. “Junction 800 will fill a need for space downtown as Columbia continues to grow and expand. We are looking forward to adding a facility like this in one of the liveliest places in the heart of the Vista adjacent to the convention center, the University of South Carolina and what is soon to be the only four-star hotel, Hotel Anthem, in Columbia.”

Junction 800 will have a large parking lot with more than 100 spaces available, with easy access to the venue.

"This large flexible space full of history is needed, and will be a great addition to venue options in Columbia," Southern Way Vice President Jesse Bullard added. "It is a great location for weddings, galas and fundraisers and almost any event you could imagine. We're so excited to start booking."

Junction 800 will be available for events beginning November 1, and has already started filling the calendar with clients, according to the announcement.

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