By Singer Properties Staff
After eight years in the York Commons-Miller Lane Business District, two of the original tenants are expanding their spaces to provide new services and improved product availability. Those two businesses are neighbor tenants Luxury Nail Spa and Batteries Plus Bulbs.
Currently located at 3515 York Commons Blvd., Batteries Plus Bulbs, will be moving less than 400 feet across York Commons Blvd. The store’s new home will be on the west side of the newly constructed building where Fazoli’s Restaurant opened on Aug. 27. Their neighbor, Luxury Nail Spa, will be expanding 1,500 square feet by combining the original Batteries Plus store with their current store.
John Alvarez, owner of Batteries Plus Bulbs, believes the move to be a win-win situation for both businesses. “The Batteries Plus Bulb’s move will result in our customers having more parking and a better selection in the store. It will be a new and better experience for both businesses’ customers.”
Vincent Dang, owner of Luxury Nail Spa, said he is also excited the plans he began working on nearly three years ago will become a reality in the coming months.
Luxury Nail Spa will use the newly acquired square footage to host large groups such as bridal parties and birthday celebrations. The $200,000 construction project involves an expansion that will provide an entertainment area including several flat screen televisions along with space for parties to bring food and drinks into the facility. There also will be 20 new pedicure stations to ensure parties are able to enjoy their time together.
“We began noticing not too long ago that we would have large groups that would come in and would have to separate, sitting at stations throughout the floor. The expansion will allow them to stay together and will make for a better customer experience overall,” said Dang.
Dang, a veteran of 18 years in the nail industry, said he has customers standing around and even out the door during their busy days on the weekends and throughout the spring and summer months. To meet the demands of his increasing customer base, Dang is planning to hire 5-7 new nail technicians and estheticians.
The stories of how both men’s stores opened in the business district are much the same. Over 8 years ago, both businesses were drawn to the area.
When selecting the location for Batteries Plus, Alvarez drove all over the Miami Valley looking for just the right space. When he found York Commons, the search was over. Before signing a lease, senior officials from the Batteries Plus corporate office, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, also toured the area. Interestingly enough, those individuals selected a storefront almost nextdoor from the current location.
“This put a big smile on my face. I knew we had found where we were supposed to be,” Alvarez said.
A little over two months ago, Batteries Plus Bulbs, a chain that recently opened its 700th store, expanded their services to include a wide array of repair options including screen repairs of handheld devices such as iPads and iPhones. They already provide battery replacements for such devices.
The York Commons store was one of the first stores to offer repair services in the country. “I want people to know we provide an affordable service for these common needs. If you drop your phone, rather than replacing the entire phone, just bring it by our store and for a fraction of the price of buying another phone, we will replace the screen for you. Additionally, when it comes to watch batteries and key fobs – we can even provide a lifetime warranty. Now that’s a great deal!” said Alvarez. They also are certified to custom build drill packs.
Both men say more space will allow them to better serve their customers. “When a customer comes in it’s because something doesn’t work and we want to ensure we can fix the piece of equipment they bring in or find the right bulb or battery to make it work,” Alvarez said.
The expansion will provide additional floor space for Batteries Plus Bulbs resulting in an expanded inventory and a customer-friendly product display. Currently, there are items the store simply does not have the room to carry. Luckily, this expansion will nearly eliminate this as an issue.
Like many businesses in the York Commons district, there is always a good story that inspires the entrepreneurial spirit or just simply makes those business owners smile at how they ended up in the right place at the right time.
Dang sought out the area of York Commons-Miller Lane as an opportunity to serve an area where he had yet to open a nail salon. The entrepreneur had already established several salons throughout the area and although at the time, the area was new, he saw being one of the first tenants as a unique opportunity.
“I saw a great possibility to earn the loyalty of customers from the residential areas surrounding the development. The location being so close to Interstates 70 and 75 also meant I would come into contact with the commuters and even the travelers just passing through the area. The decision was one of the best I have ever made,” commented Dang.
Just like Dang, Alvarez continues to have no doubts about his original decision to open a business in the York Commons development. Alvarez said of the area, “The success of a business has much to do with location, location. Being at the crossroads of I-70 and I-75 and around 5 minutes from the downtown area, we are so thankful to be able to serve so many in the area.”
The two men are looking forward to attracting even more customers. “Existing and new customers can depend on excellent customer service along with the dependability that everything is sanitized and the health of our customers is of the upmost importance,” Dang said.
“No pedicures at Batteries Plus Bulbs but ditto on the exceptional customer service!” added Alvarez.
The Luxury Nail Spa and Batteries Plus Bulbs stores are just the first of many stores expanding in the business district in order to better serve the residents of Butler Township, surrounding communities and those travelers just passing through the I-70/75 intersection often referred to in our area as the “Crossroads of America.”