Mihailides′ dream began in 2013 when he bought the property and began making extensive upgrades, transforming the formerly neglected Boulder Hills golf course into an all-inclusive, members-only sporting club.
The facility, on Kingstown Road, has continued to grow. In addition to an 18-hole golf course, the Preserve now features private residences, a clubhouse and several outbuildings. It employs about 200 people.
The Preserve has the unequivocal backing of the Town Council, and three councilors took part in the ribbon-cutting. One of the council′s top priorities has been attracting new businesses to the town, and council President Paul Michaud said the Preserve was an example of the type of development Richmond needs.
"I think this probably is going to be one of the biggest developments this town has ever seen". Council President Paul Michaud.
"I think it′s an excellent, quality, top-notch project". Council Vice President Mark Trimmer.
The Sporting Shoppe and adjacent shooting range, which, Mihailides is fond of pointing out, is the largest indoor range in the country, will open to the public on Saturday.
"My family and our professionals have worked so hard to achieve such a great goal in such a short period of time," he said. "This is an extraordinary task. We started in November, we got it completed in July. It′s a 50,000-square foot structure. Just the construction alone should have taken a year. Not only did we finish the construction in less than a year, but we opened."