Birmingham Business Journal | by Illyshia Parker
Georgia-headquartered lighting company Circa Lighting is opening a showroom in the Birmingham metro area.
Located at 2808 18th St. S. in Homewood, the 6,018-square-foot showroom is equipped with a state-of-the-art architectural lighting lab that allows customers to experience architectural lighting in real-life applications and provides tools that aid in the design and decision making. The lab features options in downlighting, cove lighting and other layers of light.
Retail Specialists, a full-service commercial real estate firm, helped the Circa Lighting team find the Birmingham location.
“In the Homewood area, Circa Lighting is surrounded by other interior décor and furniture stores,” said Haden Smith, associate broker for Retail Specialists. “The new showroom is a great, large space and the Homewood neighborhood provides a real sense of place for consumers in the area. It will no doubt be a great location.”
The company is a division of Visual Comfort & Co., a manufacturer of decorative lighting. Circa Lighting is also a premier reseller for Visual Comfort, Tech Lighting, Generation Lighting and Monte Carlo Fans.
“There is a high demand for our product in Birmingham and the designers, builders, architects and homeowners in this market share our passion for great design,” said founder and president Gale Singer.
Savannah, Georgia-headquartered Visual Comfort & Co. isn’t just targeting Birmingham for expansion. Nine other showrooms are set to open on the horizon, including San Diego, Louisville, Baltimore, Detroit, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Oklahoma City, Columbus, Ohio; and Richmond, Virginia. In addition to its headquarters, Circa Lighting has 26 other locations already in operation throughout the country and internationally.
The addition of the retailer is one in a recent string of new businesses for the Homewood community, including other retail and restaurants.
“Downtown Homewood has become one of the most attractive areas in Birmingham,” said Harris McCullough, associate broker for Retail Specialists. “Circa Lighting will do very well in this area with the other retail around the showroom and the high-income individuals that live and shop in this area.”
Circa Lighting is currently hiring for positions in Birmingham.
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