GLENS FALLS — An Army veteran and his wife are taking the plunge to open a new scuba shop in the city.
James VanHeste and Kimberly VanHeste received approval from the Planning Board on Tuesday to open a new scuba diving equipment store and offer educational classes in a building at 6 E. Washington St.
The property is currently home to the Rose & Kiernan insurance firm, which is relocating.
James VanHeste, who retired from the U.S. Army, said he has no plans to change anything at the site. He plans to use about half of the space for the retail shop and half as a classroom. He said the property already is set up that way.
“Structurally, it’s a great building,” he said.
“It’s already prepared if we want to possibly expand to the second floor,” he added.
The new business is called Waterhorse Adventures. The company currently is just his home address with a post office box in Glens Falls.
VanHeste said he hopes to be open by the first of the year.
Rose & Tiernan is planning to stay in Glens Falls. The firm is looking to lease space elsewhere in the city, according to VanHeste.
Rich Morin, who owns Rich Morin’s Professional Scuba Center on Warren Street, said Wednesday that he is in the process of trying to open up a new venture, although he would not release much information. He is remaining in business, he said.