11/17/13 — Two new businesses changing landscape of Berkeley Boulevard

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Two new businesses changing landscape of Berkeley Boulevard

By Matt Caulder
Published in News on November 17, 2013 1:50 AM

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A track hoe and dump trucks remove the remnants of the Comco car wash and gas station that once stood on North Berkeley Boulevard. The lot will be the future home of The Mattress Firm.

Two Berkeley Boulevard properties are getting new life as a realty office and a mattress store.

The former Home Credit location at 313 N. Berkeley Blvd. has been purchased by Sasser Home Builders for its real estate branch, East Pointe Real Estate.

"I had an opportunity to purchase the property and renovate the building so I could move them off of Perkins Drive," owner Ron Sasser said. "It's probably one of the best locations for exposure as any in the county."

The Realtors will be moving out of Sasser Home Builders' main office on Perkins Road to the new location by mid-December.

Sasser plans to enclose the covered drive-thru on the rear of the building for use as office space.

The move offers the Realtors better visibility and more space to expand.

"We hope to draw more agents to the new location," Sasser said. "They'll have more space there than they do over here now and they'll be able to grow at that location."

East Pointe focuses on new construction, existing home sales, property management and rentals.

Demolition and site work to remove the underground gas tanks also began earlier this month at 501 Berkeley Blvd., the former Comco gas station and car wash, where a new Mattress Firm store will be built.

The general contractor for the project, Bill Ervin, expects the job to be completed by mid-March.

"We should be done by then if it's not as wet as last year," Ervin said.

Company representatives for the mattress store could not be reached by press time.