Category Archives: Lowcountry News

Chinese Firm Coming to Lowcountry, Adding 65 Jobs

A Chinese high-precision steel ball and bearings company for automotive and mechanical uses will build a $7.2M facility and add 65 jobs upon opening in early 2017.  David Wren has the story here for The Post and Courier.

$4.5B Jasper Port Moving Forward at A Headwind’s Pace

An update on the massive port planned at the GA-SC border that has been in the works for 8 years now.  The latest:  “consultants told the SC State Ports Authority that a permit will be sought this Fall so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can begin environmental studies on the massive project”, according to an article from Bruce Smith of The Associated Press via The Post and Courier.

Jasper Terminal Moving Ahead…Slowly

After years of political footballing, the 1,500-acre Jasper Ocean Terminal on the SC side of the Savannah River appears to be moving forward with plans to submit its application to start building the $3.3B project over the next year.  David Wren of The Post and Courier has the story and some history and some updates.

Kiawah Island Tops Resort Spa List Again

Kiawah Island’s spa has won top honors for resort spas in master planned communities in the Southeast and Central America.  Two others in the top six are Reynolds Plantation at #3 and Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton at #6, two resorts in FL and one in Costa Rica. Warren Wise has the article in The Post and Courier and the top 10 rankings.

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market Coming to Okatie/Bluffton Area

In a food desert, with just a Publix at Buckwalter and Bluffton Parkways, a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is planned at the corner of Bluffton Parkway and the newly widened SC 170/Okatie Hwy.  Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is a 40k SF step-brother of the more massive Wal-Mart SuperCenters.  They have sprung up on the outskirts of Columbia and Charleston and suburban Jacksonville, and there are now 500 stores nationally.  The first Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market for Bluffton/Hilton Head/Okatie should be open in late 2015.  Dan Burley of The Island Packet has the story/announcement.

Myrtle Beach Tourism Strongest in Decade

Researchers report that the Grand Strand’s tourism season for the Fall was the best they had reported in 10 years since they began tracking figures.  Hotel occupancies from mid-September to mid-October were up 14 percent compared to the same period in 2013.  YAY for <$3.00/gallon gas!  Link to the Post and Courier article and the report from The Sun News of Mrytle Beach.

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market Coming to Hilton Head ?

The Atlanta developer is mum on the subject, but it appears a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market might be coming to a site on Palmetto Bay Road at the south end of the island.  That location would be just west of the dark Food Lion center and the Publix center, and the new Harris Teeter, and the Bi-Lo on Pope Avenue.  And the WMNC would be the 13th grocery store on the island – with about 40,000 permanent residents, plus another half dozen in Bluffton.  Dan Burley of The Island Packet has the update.

SAV Port Dredging Could Start Soon

After 15 years of attempts, a $706M project to dredge 5′ of sand and mud for a 30-mile stretch of the Savannah River to a 47′ depth could be signed off on in October and work to start in early 2015.  SAV is already the 4th busiest container port on the East Coast with 3.1M TEUs in its most recent fiscal year.  The Port of CHS is planning to deepen its channel from 45′ to 50′ by 2019 but already has funding in place if federal dollars cannot be confirmed.  John McDermott of The Post and Courier has the story on the SAV port.

Beaufort Air Station Finally Recipient of New F-35B Squadron

After years of discussion and even political “footballing”, the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station finally welcomed last week the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 from Elgin Air Force Base in Florida.  Training will begin in October and some 15 F35B will be in Beaufort by next summer.  Overall, the squadron means about 300 new members to Beaufort, many with families that will relocate here as this is a permanent training squadron that will train pilots, mechanics and support teams to replace the aging F/A-18 Hornets that were formerly flown out of Beaufort.  Eventually, plans call for two attack squadrons and the training squadron to eventually call Beaufort home, about an hour south of CHS.  The State newspaper has the article.