Empire Beauty school in Grand Rapids is changing up its look by moving to a new location. Michigan Live reports that the school recently moved to 3583 Alpine Ave. NW in Walker. This was previously the location of the school’s most direct competition, Regency Beauty School.
And this new location could be the makeover that Empire needs.
“With easy access to public transportation and a much more visible location, this is a great move for our school,” Laura Pierce, regional vice president for Empire Education Group, said in a statement to Michigan Live. “We are happy to be able to provide cosmetology education in this building.”
The new building is a sprawling 6,000 square feet accommodating the 65 cosmetology students enrolled at the Grand Rapids location, according to Michigan Live. They also have campuses in Standale and Portage in West Michigan. Empire was able to buy the former Regency space after the competitor suddenly closed all of its U.S. campuses despite having 2,800 students actively enrolled.
“From a community standpoint, it was a tough time for everyone in the industry when Regency shut its doors,” Frank Schoeneman, chief executive officer of Empire Education Group, said in a statement. “No one wants to see a school closure in a community. As cosmetology educators, we share one goal, and that is to improve the lives of the students we serve.”
The demand for cosmetologists will always be there. A recent study of 3,000 women found that 44% changed their hair style or color just because they were bored, and 61% admitted to simply wanting a change.
However, job prospects for stylists could be getting even better in the years ahead. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists are expected to grow by 10% between 2014 and 2024. This is faster than the average overall growth of all occupations in the United States.
Part of the much-needed cosmetology education force, Empire Beauty Schools, operating under Empire Education Group, was founded in 1946 in Pennsylvania, according to Michigan Live. They operate their 109 schools in 21 states.