Setting up a layaway plan at Walmart won’t cost anything this holiday shopping season. But canceling one will.
The world’s largest retailer is getting rid of the $5 service fee for customers who want to open an interest-free, pay-over-time program for gifts. The move comes as the retail giant is seeing that its low-income shoppers remain pinched in an uncertain economy.
The program will kick off Sept. 13 and will last until Dec. 13. About 35,500 items will be available, or 1,000 more than a year ago. At the same time, the discounter is bringing back a $10 cancellation fee that it eliminated last year.
Wal-Mart phased out most layaway items in 2006, roughly a year before the last recession began. It brought back the service for holiday shoppers in 2011.
East Shore Athletic Club will close its downtown Charleston location Saturday at 80 Wentworth St. It’s leaving to make way for Swedish fashion retailer H&M , which is moving into an adjoining space in the historic Kress building. H&M’s main entrance will be around the corner from the gym, at 281 King St. in a spot formerly occupied by William-Sonoma.
East Shore has other locations around the region. There are currently no plans to relocate the peninsula gym.
ZC Fitness has expanded its personal training company after five years into a full-service gym in West Ashley. Owner Zach Conrad and staff, with a combined 40 years of local fitness experience, recently opened Chucktown Fitness at 1561 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Conrad is a former college baseball player from the University of South Carolina-Aiken with a degree in sports and exercise science.
On the way
C. Wonder, an eclectic shop of women’s clothing, footwear, jewelry, accessories, housewares, home decor, electronics and gifts, will hold its grand opening at 10 a.m. Sept. 13 at 285 King St. in downtown Charleston. The celebration will continue through Sept. 14.
The first 100 customers will receive mystery gift cards, and one customer will spin a “Wheel of Wonder” between noon and 5 p.m. for a chance to win products and perks. Shoppes spending at least $40 will also receive a limited-edition tote bag. Sweet treats and beverages will be available.
A product of Burch Creative Capital, the Charleston store is the company’s first in South Carolina. The store employs a floor plan divided into themed rooms. The average C. Wonder product is under $50.
Lush, a new cosmetics store headed for 316-B King St. in downtown Charleston, was supposed to open last month, but it’s been delayed until October, according to spokeswoman Erin Brady.
The next installment of Charleston Restaurant Week is set for Sept. 4-15. The event, sponsored by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, is an opportunity to enjoy Lowcountry cuisine as participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus consisting of three items for one price, either $20, $30 or $40.
Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.