Originally Posted By d16man:
They could allow warehouse pickup in West Cola...that would be even better.
THIS! Plus 100. Case in point. I live within about 7 miles or so from their new warehouse in Cayce. They had some .308 M14 type mags on sale while back and I wanted some extras. But my options were to pay the sales tax and shipping for about 10 miles distance via UPS*. Or, have the order shipped to Fernandina; drive about 20 plus miles each way to go over there and retrieve it, wait on somebody to come free there to attend to my order pick and process the shipping refund, and drive back across town. Fernandina pickup was not an option; I verified that. I gave up and did not order any.
*The UPS terminal is between me and the Cayce warehouse.
They need warehouse pickup at Cayce. All they need to do is add a side door with a sign that says ORDER PICKUP, and a small room inside with a counter and buzzer, that is secured from the rest of the facility. A lot of construction supply distributors in various trades are set up like that. They could maybe keep some items in a display case or on the wall behind the counter for popular add on sales items, but basically, it would just be primarily a local order pickup point, manned when the buzzer rings.
As for earlier comments about adding a second story to the Fernandina bldg, that's usually very costly and impractical. I have managed commercial construction for most of my adult life. One story concrete and steel bldgs are usually only engineered to hold up: themselves, the mechanical/electrical and ceiling loads slung underneath, the required wind/rain/snow load ratings for the location, plus a safety factor. This is especially true with most "Pre-engineered" type metal bldgs. Adding another story requires replacing and/or reinforcing a lot of existing steel; making lots of holes in the existing roof that puts what's below at risk, and taking measures to convert a sloped roof into a flat concrete 2nd floor, plus mechanical, electrical and code issues to resolve, IE: "Means of Egress". Thus this is a risky and expensive proposition. NOW, if there is enough clear height inside the bldg, they should be able to add a floor supported mezzanine for office and limited weight storage space. A certain retail chain that I have built for does this in their back stock areas to gain more space without increasing the bldg foot print on expensive real estate.