Agape Care Group, a hospice, palliative and pediatric comfort care provider, announced on Wednesday their plans to expand the company’s presence and locate corporate headquarters in Spartanburg County. The $3 million investment will create 76 new jobs.
Agape Care Group — a portfolio company of Charlotte-based Ridgemont Equity Partners — “supports patients touched by advanced illness, providing comfort and support through compassionate care and meaningful experiences,” according to a news release.
Agape Care Group will move into the historic Montgomery Building at 187 N. Church St. in downtown Spartanburg, using more than 13,000 square feet of recently renovated space to house knowledge-based jobs and other skilled clerical positions, the news release said.
“Substantial growth over the last few years has necessitated a larger corporate headquarters,” CEO Troy Yarborough said in the release. “We were drawn to all the downtown Spartanburg area offers and are excited about our ability to recruit and retain top talent with our new offices in the historic Montgomery Building. We are appreciative of the support shown to Agape by the city of Spartanburg and OneSpartanburg Inc. and look forward to our pending move.”
Hospice Care of South Carolina, a portfolio company of The Vistria Group, acquired Agape Hospice in January 2020, creating the largest group hospice care providers in the state. Hospice Care of South Carolina is based in Spartanburg; Agape Hospice was then headquartered in Columbia, according to a story at the time in GSA Business Report.
Vistria Group sold Agape Care Group to Ridgemont Equity Partners in October 2021, after Agape completed multiple acquisitions of its own.
Agape’s footprint covers 45% of Georgia in addition to all 46 Palmetto State counties in its home state of South Carolina. The company has 14 branch offices, four hospice houses and more than 1,000 team members, according to its website.
“Agape Care locating downtown is the latest success that has been fueled by the collaborative nature of our community,” Spartanburg County Councilman and Economic Development Chairman David Britt said in the release. “This project is a great example of the city of Spartanburg and Spartanburg County working together to attract high-wage jobs.”
Operations in the Montgomery Building are expected to be online in May 2022, according to the release.
According to South Carolina’s Plan on Aging (.pdf), the number of state residents ages 60 and older is expected to double by 2030, exceeding 1.5 million.