Jerry’s Place hasn’t left Lake Wylie, its owner said June 18. Instead, the store is growing.
“We didn’t close,” said owner Stephanie Efird, who said the store has the same website and phone number.
Jerry’s Place recently left its Lake Wylie location in Plantation Square moving to 4607 Charlotte Highway, suite 15. The move puts the gun store on a first floor to make it more accessible to customers, Efird said.
The move caused some confusion. The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce received 10 calls in the first few days following the move. The Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce fielded calls, too. Customers who use Jerry’s Place for gun cleaning or related services said they were unable to reach the business and locate their firearms.
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Both chambers directed callers to the York County Sheriff’s Office.
Andrea Meglii, director of the Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce, said she received several calls when Jerry’s Place closed its Clover location in December.
“When they closed, …they already had one open in Lake Wylie, so I directed the calls there,” she said.
Efird said the Lake Wylie store will make another move to a larger location on Charlotte Highway in the new commercial development being built near Lake Wylie Woods.
Signs on the door at the new location include classes June 2-July 25. It also outlines plans for a new store.
“They are still here,” said Cornelius Vaitekunas with property manager The Goins Group, which owns Lake Wylie Business Park.
Jerry’s Place opened in Clover as a general store and restaurant in 2012, selling hunting and fishing supplies. The company expanded to Lake Wylie in September 2014. In December, the company left Clover.
The plan was to build a combination store and gun range on property along S.C. 274, near Five Points. Recently Efird said they sold the property and are now planning to move near Spurrier Court.
Plans and permits aren’t final, but Efird hopes to have a Jerry’s Place at the Lake that combines the former Clover and Lake Wylie offerings by next year. The plan is for a Cracker Barrel-type storefront on one level and a 10-lane shooting range in the basement.
The indoor range would be in a nonresidential area, backed up to a low traffic part of a new commercial development. Efird said it will meet all federal standards for safety, and will be used to hold safety classes.
“I can’t do it any safer,” she said. “I can’t do it any better.”
Jerry’s Place works with companies like Cabela’s and Gander Mountain on gun classes, and has sold 1,500 guns in three years. The new location will be unlike anything else in York County, Efird said.
“The first phase is the store,” she said. “Phase two will be the range. We want to combine Jerry’s Place one and Jerry’s Place two together into one place that has everything.”
John Marks • 803-831-8166
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