A second A.C. Proctor’s paint and body center is in the works for Grovetown.
A 10,000-square-foot auto repair, painting and towing facility is planned on William Few Parkway, just down from the Lewiston Road intersection, said Caroline Proctor, whose husband A.C. “Carroll” Proctor and mother-in-law Ruby Proctor own the business.
“We need and want to expand, and Grovetown is the perfect place in which to do that,” she said. “We did a lot of research, got all of the growth studies and the projections and looked at the market.”
Before the Proctors can begin construction on the 3-acre tract, they await final word on building guidelines they must follow for the project, which has contributed to them falling behind schedule. The Proctors got the property properly zoned and purchased in 2010.
“We would have liked to have started it a year ago,” Caroline Proctor said. “When the economy started going down, it didn’t really hurt for us to slow down, but we would have much preferred it to be up and running and self-supporting by this point in time.”
The business began as a repair shop in 1947 by Carroll Proctor’s father, A.C. Proctor Sr., known as “Curly,” and has maintained a presence both downtown and in south Augusta for more than 50 years.
A.C. Proctor’s moved to Milledgeville Road in 1957 and added a 24-hour towing service in the 1970s. In 1987, the center expanded and moved into its current location at 3011 Milledgeville Road.
Caroline Proctor said the south Augusta shop will remain in operation after the new center opens.
“The current one we have has served south Augusta for so long,” she said. “It is paid for and is self-supporting so there’s absolutely no reason to close that location.”
The new site will be added as a more convenient location for customers living in Columbia County, Caroline Proctor said.
“We already cover the area anyway,” she said. “It’ll just make it more convenient for people who want to bring things in themselves.”
She said that 20 full-time employees, ranging from office staff to detail and auto body personnel to tow truck drivers, will be added once the new facility opens.