The Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy is moving from its far south Colorado Springs location into a three-story building at Union and Academy boulevards.
The move allows the academy to double its space to nearly 18,000 square feet, and give the school a more campus-like feel, said Sandy Chandler, academy owner and director. The academy is expected to open in May.
Chandler is investing about $1 million on the renovation of the building, which previously housed National American University. NAU moved out of the building in September 2009.
Toni & Guy is an international salon and school started in London by the Moscolo family more than 40 years ago.
The Toni & Guy campus in Colorado Springs was one of three in the U.S. when it opened in a shopping center near Fountain in 1999. More than 1,300 students have trained at the academy since then, Chandler said. In recent years, enrollment dropped as other hairdressing schools opened in the Colorado Springs area.
“We just knew with the demographics, it was time to get us more centrally located,” Chandler said. “Toni & Guy is excited – they’ve always wanted a campus environment with all the amenities. There is a bus stop right out front, everything is really accessible.”
The look of the academy had been an industrial theme with brushed stainless steel counters. Now, the company is changing its look to a more modern design. Chandler is putting in white porcelain floors and white laminate high counters with glass walls.
“It’s going to be beautiful inside,” she said.
The main floor of the building will be open for the reception, retail and waiting area. The third floor will be all classrooms, a computer lab and an area for students to watch training videos. The basement will house the offices and a walk-out patio for the students and instructors.
“We are excited to draw more students,” Chandler said.
Chandler has been in business in the Springs since 1973. She also owns the Toni & Guy salon in Chapel Hills Mall.
The Toni & Guy academy, which has 14 employees including six instructors, enrolls about 70 students per 11-month cosmetology program.
The lease deal was brokered by Russell Stroud and Susan Beitle, office and investment specialists with Grubb & Ellis/Quantum Commercial Group. That area at Academy and Union has higher-end commercial and retail space, Beitle said. She called the buildings in that Plum Tree neighborhood “the jewels of the area.”
“This is a perfect marriage for that building,” she said. “Toni & Guy has an upscale image and this is what they were looking for – value and upscale property.”