Published Jan. 5, 2012
Carolina Business Interiors launches into the Upstate market with its recent purchase of 205 E. Broad St. for an adaptive reuse in downtown Greenville.
Headquartered in Charlotte, the company already has three locations in North Carolina, including Raleigh and Winston-Salem, and one location in Charleston. Carolina Business Interiors, or CBI, is a Knoll furniture dealership in the Carolinas.
Navarro Real Estate brokered the sale of the 4,391-square-foot property, which will be transitioned into a CBI showroom and office early this year. Renovations are set for completion in May.
Harper Construction is the general contractor for the design build model, and is partnering with Johnston Design Group as the architect for the project.
The move is part of the company’s plan to continue expanding its presence in the Carolinas and offer more complete coverage for clients. CBI often partners with clients across a range of industries to provide furniture and workplace strategy solutions.
“Since moving to Charleston in 2001, Carolina Business Interiors has seen great success in providing our clients with solutions to meet their furniture and workplace strategy needs,” said President and CEO David Longo. “We believe that we can fill a similar need in the Greenville market and are excited to begin partnering with the architecture and design community and businesses in the area as the local Knoll dealer.”
Longo will be overseeing the renovation with support from John Mullis, senior vice president and general manager of the South Carolina CBI locations. Mullis and Tobin Wolverton, vice president of CBI Greenville, will be running the day-to-day operations of the Greenville office.
“We are dedicated to maintaining the history of our new building and the area as we go through the renovation process, and we look forward to getting to know our future neighbors and business partners,” Wolverton said.
Carolina Business Interiors is a contract furniture dealership and Knoll retailer in North and South Carolina, operating since 1993. Knoll recently won the Cooper-Hewitt 2011 National Design Award.