Celebrating its 115th year in operation, Home Telecom is planning to break ground later this month in Summerville’s rapidly-developing Nexton community for a new facility for retail and office space, particularly providing opportunities for small businesses and professionals who work from home.

The two-story, 20,000-square-foot facility will be within the new CoOp@Nexton mixed-used complex, at 1247 Nexton Parkway in Summerville, and will boast high-tech features, the company said.

Specifically, the facility will include multi-gigabit wired internet and Wi-Fi. Home Telecom said it's partnered with Bridge Commercial to lease the 13,200 square feet of gigabit capable space.

CoOp@Nexton will house office and retail space along with a multi-family community, green space and trails, a gas station and market, according to the commercial center's website.

According to William Helmly, Home Telecom’s president and CEO, Nexton’s close proximity to Interstate 26 and its popularity as one of the most rapidly-growing commercial centers in the Lowcountry, easily convinced him it was the best place for his company to locate and grow.

“By offering (Home Telecom) Concept for office space, I think we are filling a void for Summerville’s growing entrepreneurs and business owners,” Helmly said. “Access to this type of technology in the early stages of a business can absolutely set them up for success.”

While the first floor will contain a customer service center, along with office and retail space totaling 5,200 square feet, the second floor will house the 8,000 square feet of shared office space Helmly’s referring to.

Dubbed the Home Telecom Concept, the second floor will be specific to entrepreneurs in the tech field, as well as small startup businesses and individuals who work from home but need a place to professionally network, the company said.

To meet the demands of the Summerville area’s continuously growing population, Nexton has remained inundated with new construction for businesses and homes alike. That’s why Home Telecom said it identified a need to also move all its customer sales, support representatives and certified technicians to the future Nexton site. The goal is to improve the company’s service to the Summerville area.

Home Telecom said it’s also working to double its customer base over the next three years.

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 10 a.m. on July 31. The facility is expected to open in May 2020.

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