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Lowes Foods Planning 2nd Store in CHS

The Winston-Salem-based grocery chain is planning its next store in CHS, this one at Oakbrook Square in Summerville in a center that will be substantially renovated by RealtyLink, after acquiring the center in November at about $70/SF and will add about 35,000SF.  Lowes has a similar-size (49,500 SF) store planned in Mount Pleasant near Dunes West.  Warren Wise of The Post and Courier has the story here.

Another 1,000+ Homes For Nexton

Del Webb Communities, creator of age-restricted residential developments across the Southern U.S., plans its second neighborhood at Nexton in Summerville.  Jim Parker has the article here for The Post and Courier.

New/Closing Retailers Around CHS

Warren Wise has his ear to the ground again with all kinds of openings, and some closings:

  • Cirque Salon Studios is taking the 6,200 SF former Carolina’s restaurant at 10 Exchange St downtown
  • Boot Barn opened a 10,000 SF store at Promenade at Northwoods Shopping Center across from Northwoods Mall in N CHS
  • Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders out of Michigan opened a 2,400 SF store in the Harris-Teeter anchored Sawmill Village Shopping Center in Summerville
  • Kirkland’s closed its 5,540 SF store in the Wal-Mart anchored Wando Crossing Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant

Retailer/Restaurant Update – Openings

The Post and Courier’s Warren Wise has the latest on retailer/restaurant openings around town.  And no closings.

  • Lane Bryant opened a new Mount Pleasant store at the Wal-Mart-anchored Wando Crossing Shopping Center, its third store in greater CHS
  • Orangetheory Fitness in Summerville is looking to expand to Mount Pleasant, joining the existing West Ashley location
  • A new consignment shop downtown
  • Persimmon Cafe opening soon in Summerville at the EarthFare anchored Summerville Marketplace Shopping Center
  • Woof Gang Bakery now with a second CHS location, this one in Mount Pleasant

BJ’s Wholesale Club Coming To CHS (Summerville) ! – And Other Retail/Retailer Expansions

BJ’s Club will open a new 87k SF store in late 2016, behind the Wal-Mart at N. Main Street and I-26 in Summerville.  It will be the only BJ’s in SC; the nearest one is in Charlotte.  Construction is expected to start in December.  Warren Wise has the mention here in a retail-focused article for The Post and Courier that includes:

  • a new type of clothing consignment shop that is coming to Promenade at Northwoods in N CHS
  • a new boat dealership that is replacing an antique store on Savannah Highway
  • Fleet Feet Sports coming (also) to Summerville
  • This Time Fitness and a new MOD Pizza both taking retail shop space in West Ashley

EarthFare in Summerville Set To Open

Warren Wise of The Post and Courier reports CHS’ next grocery store addition opens next week in Summerville with a new 23k SF EarthFare.  It is EarthFare’s second area store and the 39th in its chain.  The center, Summerville Marketplace, will also include a new 12k SF Petco that opens next week, too, followed by Dunkin’ Donuts, Mattress Pro, Crust Pizza, Tijuana Flats and Lee Nails that should all be open by Thanksgiving.  Notable mention:  John Orr, CCIM, of Colliers International’s Charleston office negotiated the EarthFare lease on behalf of landlord/developer Gramling Brothers.

New EarthFare in Summerville Nearing September Opening

The CHS region’s second EarthFare will open next month, this one in Summerville.  Warren Wise of The Post and Courier has the story here, along with some other retailer and restaurant openings around town like Boot Barn signing a 10k lease next to Hobby Lobby in the Promenade at Northwoods in N CHS and Uncle Maddio’s Pizza’s latest expansion plans and Budget Blinds opening a 4th area store.  Plus, a few more stores joining EarthFare in Summerville – Dunkin’ Donuts, Mattress Pro, Crust Pizza, and Tijuana Flats, all expected to be open by Thanksgiving.

Gerber Childrenswear Building 477k SF Distribution Facility in Berkeley County

Gerber Childrenswear, whose customers include the famous Gerber baby clothes and softgoods, but also the National Football League and New Balance, is building a 477k SF warehouse that will open in June.  It is in WestRock’s (formerly MeadWestvaco) FTZ industrial park at I-26 and Exit 195 (and future Exit 197) just past Summerville and near the 1.3MSF TBC warehouse that opened in early 2011.  Both the Gerber warehouse and TBC were co-developed Rockefeller Group is a co-developer with WestRock.

Its been a busy last few months for WestRock – May’s announcement of Volvo’s $500M campus in Ridgeville that will make 100k passenger cars a year and employ 2,000 was announced and Cabela’s announced in July that it will build an 82k SF store and its first in the Lowcountry in Nexton in Summerville.

David Wren of The Post and Courier has the story on the Gerber warehouse.

Aldi In Summerville Opens Late August

Another announcement of a new retailer in CHS – Aldi, the German grocer and distant cousin to Trader Joe’s – is preparing to open August 27th at 10015 Dorchester Road on the site of an old bowling alley.  The 15k store has about 1400 items vs a typical grocer’s 30k SKUs.  A second Aldi for CHS was planned, this one in Mount Pleasant near the Wal-Mart SuperCenter at Market at Oakland, but doesn’t seem to be progressing (announced in 2014), according to the article from Warren Wise of The Post and Courier.  Competition in Summerville will be stiff with three nearby Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets – one to open next week at Bacons Bridge and Dorchester Roads, another next week at Ladson and Miles Jamison Roads and a third still planned at Dorchester Road and Patriot Blvd.

Cabela’s Coming to CHS

First Sports Authority had the market all to themselves, then Dick’s at Citadel Mall and a new store in Mount Pleasant in mid-2015, then Field & Stream will open next month near Tanger in N CHS, then BASS Pro Shop (kinda), and now Cabela’s.  After a year of scouting out sites, the Midwest outdoor sporting good and retail chain Cabela’s will start on an 82k SF store in Nexton in Summerville that will open in late 2016.  Warren Wise of The Post and Courier has the announcement.