Category Archives: Abigail Darlington

BenefitFocus Opens 146k SF Office Building on Daniel Island

BenefitFocus, headquartered on Daniel Island, has opened its new building, a 146k SF Customer Success Center, the largest building yet on its 40-acre campus, according to an article by Abgiail Darlington of The Post and Courier.  The building will house some 600 software engineers, designers and technical staffers.  BenefitFocus is a cloud based human resources platform and is in the midst of a 1,200-job hiring spree.

Spring Hill Suites Hotel Coming To Mount Pleasant

A new Spring Hill Suites is expected to open in Mount Pleasant in 2016 as part of a mixed-used development by Landmark Enterprises that will also later include a 60k SF office building, all part of a $38M project at the foot of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge near Patriots Point.  Abigail Darlington of The Post and Courier has the story and announcement.

Top 10 Reasons Why Conde Nast Traveler Readers Love Charleston

Conde Nast Traveler, the upscale travel magazine that has ranked Charleston the best city in the U.S. for four years running, has a slideshow on the top ten reasons, via Abigail Darlington at The Post and Courier.  Some of the reasons – Food, Easy Day Trips, “and a slower, graceful way of living.”

Dewberry Hotel Finally Under Way on Meeting Street

After purchasing the former federal building in 2008 for $15M, John Dewberry of Atlanta has begun to work on what he expects to be a 5-star hotel that will open in late 2015 after he has now secured a reported $35M loan from NBSC.  Abigail Darlington of The Post and Courier has the article.

Wyndham Garden Hotel Opens in Mt. Pleasant

Abigail Darlington of The Post and Courier brings us the announcement of the new Wyndham Garden Hotel in Mt. Pleasant that opened last week at 1330 Stuart Engals Blvd. near Chuck Dawley Blvd.

Vineyard Vines Store Coming to King Street

Vineyard Vines, the upscale preppy clothier will open a store later this month at 275 King Street, where Biton once was near Wentworth Street.  Abigail Darlington of The Post and Courier has the announcement.

Food Lion in West Ashley Sold for About $100/SF

The Food Lion at Hwy 61 and Sycamore Avenue in West Ashley was purchased by a local investor, Gramling Brothers, which plans to update the center and possibly/eventually add a much-needed anchor, maybe even a grocer, in this “food desert”.  Food Lion closed the store about three years ago, but still leases the space.  Abigail Darlington of The Post and Courier has the story.

Bigger Better Belk Opening Wednesday in Mt. Pleasant

Belk’s new flagship CHS store will open on Wednesday at Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre, in a ceremony to celebrate the $10.2M renovation/expansion.  Abigail Darlington of The Post and Courier has the announcement.

CHS-Based Piggly Wiggly Owner Attempting to Dissolve and Liquidate Stores

Greenbax Enterprises, the local parent of Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. is seeking approval from shareholders to liquidate and dissolve the company and exit the wholesale and retail grocery business by year-end 2014.  After 67 years, the company is reportedly trying to sell its wholesale business to New Hampshire-based C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc and sell its 19 remaining grocery stores to independent operators.  Pigg sold 29 of its Lowcountry stores in 2012-2013 and most of its Charleston area locations to either Bi-Lo or Harris Teeter.  Abigail Darlington of The Post and Courier has the story, the update and a little history on a local institution.

Hotel Development Update Across CHS Region

Hotels are keeping pace, er leading, other developments in the cycle of new product additions to the CHS region, with new hotels under construction and planned across the metropolitan area.  Abigail Darlington of The Post and Courier has an update on a variety of hospitality projects from West Ashley to the Peninsula to Mount Pleasant.