Belk is not the only store expanding at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.

Palmetto Moon gift shop will add 25 percent more space when it relocates in October to make way for Belk’s expansion.

The family-owned gift retail chain will take over the space previously occupied along Belk Drive by Wine Styles, Mrs. Capper’s Collectibles and Genealogy, all of which relocated to other spaces in the shopping center.

The store, which specializes in collegiate gear, currently sits to the left of Belk, but part of Belk’s expansion plan includes growing its floor plan toward the parking lot, adding a parking deck and side entrance, so Palmetto Moon has to move.

Construction is underway on Palmetto Moon’s new prototype shop, which will include new visual merchandising. Once completed, products will be moved overnight so the store will not lose a day of business, Palmetto Moon President Eric Holzer said.

The store will retain its current management team and expand customer service, CEO Bob Webster said.

Local connection

Want to get your locally made food or body-care product on the shelves of Whole Foods Market?

Take your product to the up-scale grocer at 923 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 24. The store’s local liaison and buyers will be there to educate product makers about the grocer’s quality standards, distribution system, local product support programs, packaging and reaching customers.

On the way

Belk/Lucy real estate reports recent leases for The Super Cool Homework Shop LLC at 1110 Park West Blvd. in the Plaza of Park West in Mount Pleasant, Maison Decor French Antiques at 217 Lucas St. in The Common Courtyard in Mount Pleasant and Hipp Salon at 1890 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. at Outback Plaza in West Ashley.

Photo op

Go an old camera at home?

AccuPhotoLab will host a camera-buying event 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 19 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20 at 1757 Savannah Highway in West Ashley. KEH will be on hand with two buyers to cut down on wait time.

Coming soon

Chicken Salad Chick, an Alabama-based chain that specializes in chicken salad, is eyeing downtown Charleston for a new restaurant, says spokeswoman Ali Rauch.

The restaurant hopes to open by the fall in a site not yet disclosed because the lease hasn’t been signed, she said.

Last dance

Spirit Moves, a dance studio at 445 Savannah Highway, West Ashley, closed in June.

Revved up

Baker Motor Co. employees work for one of the 100 auto-mobile dealerships in the U.S. and Canada to make Automotive News’ list of “Best Dealerships to Work for 2013.” Baker also is the only dealership in S.C. to make the cut.

In October, the top rankings among the 100 will be revealed at a gala dinner in Chicago.

The 25-year-old car dealership has three locations: Baker Motor Co. in West Ashley and Mount Pleasant and Baker GMC Cadillac in West Ashley.

Expansion plan

A Charleston area fixture in the retail business is looking to expand its reach.

Copper Penny, which made its debut in Mount Pleasant in 1987, is now offering franchise opportunities for both its Copper Penny and Copper Penny Shooz stores.

The family-owned upscale women’s clothing and accessories company has six stores in two states, including three in Mount Pleasant, two in downtown Charleston and one in Savannah. Its first franchise store will open in August in Columbia.

It is owned by Penny and Fred Vaigneur and their sons, Bryan and Blake.

Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or