Wed, February 21, 2024

Local bank buys adjacent property on Washington Road in Evans

So, what will “Q” do for you with their purchase of prime property in Evans, directly next to their full-service branch?

If bank leaders know, they are keeping it a secret—perhaps for competitive reasons.

“We are excited about being a part of Columbia County’s current and future growth. While we don’t have plans to share at this time, we look forward to continuing to grow in that area,” said Bill Thompson, Executive Vice President.

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In January, Queensborough purchased the approximate 1/2 acre property and building at 4317 Washington Road, which has been occupied by Tip Top Taps, a craft beer “growler store” since April 2015.

Tip Top Tap’s owner says they are looking to hire more people to stop out at 4317 Washington Road—the site of it’s current location until Queensborough begins construction.

QBNT’s Evans branch is at 4321 Washington Road, separated by less than 100 feet and the Evans Town Center Boulevard “cut-through” to the Lady A park and other businesses.

Marty Koger is now the bank’s tenant after selling his building and land to the bank back in January.

He is glad Queensborough is being deliberate with its decision making process. “We love the location.” Koger says Tip Top Taps will continue to operate there or nearby in the future.

“Most of our customers are from Columbia County, so we would like to stay in the Evans area whenever Queensborough is ready to take over,” said Koger.

Koger says he loves operating the store because it is part of the trendy, “beer culture” in the CSRA. “We offer samples you would never be able to try anywhere else. We were also the first to introduce a crowler machine to provide about a half pitcher in beer with a resealable lid,” he added.

Tip Top Taps also sells growlers, which comes in a glass jug roughly the weight in ounces of a full pitcher at your favorite hang-out.

Koger says despite the uncertainty of a future location, he wants to keep growing and needs the right people to come work for him.

“We’re here seven days a week mostly from 12-8 pm. If you are enthusiastic about craft beer, we want to talk with you, added Koger.

For now, applications can be filled out at 4317 Washington Road, the current home of Tip Top Taps.

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