From the Post & Courier written by Warren L. Wise
Three new shops are coming to King Street over the next few months: a men’s clothing store, a shoe store and a women’s handbag, accessories and gift shop.
Hilton Head-based women’s handbag and accessory store Spartina 449 will open in 3,037 square feet in the former Willy Jay’s spot at 300 King in January. Vans footwear and apparel shop is coming to 3,227 square feet at 307 King by November, and a new upscale men’s clothing and accessories store with some ladies apparel and home goods called Jordan Lash Charleston, operated locally by Jordan Lash, will open in 2,527 square feet at 305 King by late January, according to commercial real estate developer PrimeSouth Group. Willy Jay’s moved up the street.
This will be Spartina 449’s fourth signature store. Another is set to open in Highlands, N.C., in October. Its products are offered in about 1,500 specialty retailers across the country, according to its website.
“I will always be in the industry, and I always wanted something on my own,” he said. “I think it’s great for King Street to get more local stores and for the owner to put in that extra effort to be able to operate side by side with the national companies.”
West Ashley is gaining a new hardware store to replace one it lost about 21 months ago. West Ashley True Value plans to open in early November in an 8,304-square-foot space at Ashley Oaks Shopping Center at 1119 Wappoo Road, according to commercial real estate firm Colliers International.
At the end of 2014, Charleston Hardware closed just down the street at 1028 Wappoo Road after more than 50 years in business.
Palmetto State Armory will officially launch its second Charleston-area store Saturday.
The 30,000-square-foot gun store with two indoor shooting ranges can be found in the redeveloped Heritage Square shopping center at U.S. Highway 78 and Berlin G. Myers Parkway in Summerville. The store, at 366 E. 5th North St., also offers hunting gear, archery supplies, saltwater and freshwater fishing provisions, apparel and other items. Its other local store is at 3365 S. Morgans Point Road in Mount Pleasant.
Another restaurant is now open at Charleston International Airport.
Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill is now serving home-cooked meals with items such as meatloaf, chicken salad, seafood, macaroni and cheese, Key lime pie and other offerings. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available.
The sit-down restaurant is accessible only to ticket-holding passengers since it is behind security, just off the Central Hall overlooking the airfield.
Proceeds from the sale of bottled water in the new restaurant will benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation founded by Nicklaus and his wife, Barbara.
The restaurant, open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, is part of the airport renovation and expansion project wrapping up after four years.
Two new businesses are coming to Patriots Plaza in Mount Pleasant. Blo Blow Dry Bar recently leased 1,270 square feet of retail space in the Whole Foods-anchored Houston Northcutt Boulevard shopping center, while Waxing the City leased an adjacent 1,530 square feet for an esthetic waxing studio for women and men, according to the commercial real estate firm Lee & Associates.
AccuPhotoLab and Studio at 1757 Savannah Highway in West Ashley will once again host a camera-buying event this weekend. It will offer cash for used camera equipment 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
On Thursday, Mike Wojick of Spartan Center will give a presentation on buying the right camera at 4 p.m. A business after hours event will take place 5-7 p.m.
Peachtree Camera Repair also will be on site Friday and Saturday to offer cleaning and other services for a fee.
Earth Fare will mark its one-year anniversary in Summerville on Saturday with vendor demonstrations, activities for families, giveaways and special deals on certain items.
The Asheville-based company will donate 5 percent of the store’s net sales on Saturday to the Summerville YMCA.
Wal-Mart recently awarded $4.1 million in second-quarter cash bonuses to more than 19,000 hourly workers in South Carolina. That comes out to about $216 per employee.
The bonus for May through July rewards employees at the world’s largest retailer where stores met performance and customer service goals. The extra pay is part of more than $200 million in quarterly bonuses earned nationwide as 99 percent of stores met performance goals, according to a company statement.