Allen Tate Realtors will close the door on its Fort Mill location in a consolidation effort, company officials said Friday.
The Fort Mill office is anchored at 501 Springcrest Drive off Hwy. 160 West. An office representative on Friday confirmed the consolidation, but referred questions to the company's headquarters in Charlotte.
The consolidation will take place by the end of the month, Pat Riley, president and chief operating officer, said.
"We are doing nothing but merging our Fort Mill office into one of our locations to better serve our clients," Riley said.
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"The realtors who live, work and play in Fort Mill will still service our Fort Mill market."
No one will lose their job in the pending merger, Riley said about the realtors, who are independent contractors.
"This decision will not impact their business relationship with the company," Susan Larkin, vice president of marketing and public relations, wrote in an e-mail release.
The release notes that Allen Tate Realtors is merging its Fort Mill office with four others in Rock Hill and Lake Wylie as well as Steele Creek and Ballantyne in North Carolina.
"We are able to provide outstanding customer service to the Fort Mill area from any of these offices," Larkin wrote in the release. "Advances in technology have enabled realtors to become more efficient. As a result, agents are spending more time out in the community with their clients and less time in a traditional office setting."
She emphasized that the move does not mean the company is pulling out of the local market. Once a hotbed of home sales, Fort Mill, like most of the country, has seen the market cool with a severe downturn in the economy.
"Despite the consolidation of this office, Allen Tate remains committed to the Fort Mill community," Larkin said.