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.
CHS-based Jupiter Holdings is continuing its efforts to build a new dual-branded hotel and mixed-used development that would include office, restaurant and parking on a site at Meeting and Huger Streets downtown. It now includes a rooftop pool and an outdoor terrace with skyline views. The two hotels would be an Element extended-stay brand and an Aloft, a modern, boutique-style flag, both Starwood concepts. The plan is in front of the Board of Architectural Review for its approval this Wednesday afternoon. Abigail Darlington of The Post and Courier has the story.
Two new restaurants, Momma Goldberg’s Deli and Freshii, are coming to CHS while another one folds. Abigail Darlington at The Post and Courier has the announcements.
Maverick Restaurants’ planned restaurant at The Boulevard on Coleman Blvd in Mt Pleasant has been cancelled after yet another delay to its construction start and an opening pushed back four-five months. This, after The Boulevard mixed-use development was sold last month to Heitman Capital out of Chicago. The Post and Courier’s Abigail Darlington has the story.
The Post and Courier’s Abigail Darlington and Warren Wise report that the Charleston Chamber of Commerce estimates 25,000 jobs could (er, will) be added to the region over the next 5 years. Growth areas include high-tech, science and engineering, sales and medical related jobs. Personally, I think 25k might be low…
Downtown CHS’ former Vendue Inn is being transformed into The Vendue, an art-centered boutique hotel. Abigail Darlington of The Post and Courier has the story.
The Post and Courier’s Abigail Darlington has a story about the demise of the recently foreclosed Citadel Mall in suburban Charleston and insights as to the next steps and the future of the site. Experts suggest it should be razed or at least re-developed, that the old enclosed malls have given way to open air lifestyle centers or mixed-use developments. Complicating things is the fact that the anchors own their own pads at the mall. Now the city is weighing in on the subject. Lastly, CBL, the Chattanooga operator of B malls, including Northwoods Mall in North Charlesotn, lost the mall to foreclosure in January and a special servicer controls the asset for the bondholders while a property manager in New York is doing the management and leasing. What could possibly go wrong?
Abigail Darlington of The Post and Courier provides a quick update on the dying Citadel Mall and other retail/retailer news.
The Post and Courier’s Abigail Darlington reports the transfer of the unrelated properties back to their respective lenders was finalized today.
The Post and Courier’s Abigail Darlington reports that Hibbett Sporting Goods, the Birmingham-based retailer, has announced it will open its first CHS area store