Former South Carolina star and No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney is venturing into the business world.
With the help of Bakari Sellers, a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, Clowney will open KURE Columbia, a vape franchise that’s touted as a “revolutionary high-end, in-store retail and lounge experience” and comparable to a coffee shop.
Vaping is branded as an alternative for cigarette smokers. According to a press release, Clowney’s mother is counted among the 22 percent of South Carolinians that smoke cigarettes.
The invite-only opening is scheduled for July 19 at KURE’s Columbia location on Gervais Street.
Sellers, who gave up his House seat in 2014 to run for Lieutenant Governor, is counted among KURE’s Columbia investors, along with Ken and Cindy Long, recipients of the 2015 Garnet Award, which “symbolizes passion and devotion for Gamecock Athletics.”
Clowney will be the majority owner, and KURE will celebrate its grand opening with a July 19 private event. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit The Jadeveon Clowney Help-In-Time Foundation, which helps local children of incarcerated parents.